Professor and Head of the Department
Application of econometrics to development issues, in health, gender, environment.
Econometrics (Theory and Applications), Microeconomics and Statistics.
Head, Economics Department
B.Sc. with Economics Major (Calcutta University, 1991)
M.Sc. Economics (Calcutta University, 1993)
M.Phil. Economics (Jadavpur University, 1996)
Ph.D. Economics (Calcutta University, 2006)
I have been teaching since 1997. I was appointed as Lecturer in Economics, West Bengal Education Service and have taught in institutions like Bethune College and Presidency College. I joined Presidency University in September 2012. In addition, I have also been teaching in Economics Department, Calcutta University since 2007 as Guest Lecturer.
Research / Administrative Experience+
I am interested in the application of econometrics to development-related problems particularly health, gender & environment.
My doctoral thesis was on the historical buildings and sites of Calcutta. I used statistical techniques to show how markets may be constructed for valuing the cultural, historical and aesthetic value of such sites, and how the values of such sites may be compared.
My interest on policy and planning issues continued, although I shifted my focus to health-related areas. I have worked on reproductive health in recent years, examining choice of birth control methods among slum dwellers, importance of partners' education in adoption of such methods, etc. I am currently undertaking a survey of choice of behavioural methods in Kolkata.
I am also guiding works relating to ageing, mental health and have published on empowerment effects of self help groups and work-home balance of women.
Teaching / Other Experience+
My specialization is in Econometrics (Theory and Applications). In addition, I teach Microeconomics and Statistics. I also have experience in teaching Quantitative Economics, International Economics and Public Economics.
Post Graduate Supervision+
1. M.Phil. dissertation of Anusua Halder [“Income Elasticity of Medical Care Demand in India: Revisiting Rngel’s Law”], Economics Department, University of Calcutta (2010-12)
2. M.Phil. dissertation of Antara Dhar [“Recent changes in work force participation among elderly in India - Analysis of NSS data”], Economics Department, University of Calcutta (2011-13)
1. Guiding doctoral dissertation of Antara Dhar , [“Nature of workforce participation among elderly in India: Important determinants”], through Economics Department, University of Calcutta (Registered in 2014)
2. Guiding doctoral dissertation of Suranjana Joaddar, “Commodity Derivatives Market and the Agricultural Economy of India”, through Economics Department, University of Calcutta. Course work completion date: June 2014
Member, European Population Association
Member, Asian Population Association
Life Member, Indian Health Economics & Policy Association
Life Member, Indian Econometric Society
Papers published/accepted in Journals
- (2005) “Economics of Conservation of Built Heritage: A CV Study of Some Heritage Sites of Calcutta”, Indian Economic Review, XXXX(2): 221-243.
- (2007) Untapped Demand for Heritage Tourism: A CVM Study of Prinsep Ghat, Calcutta, Tourism Management, 28(1), pp. 83-95 [Impact Factor – 2.554]
- (2008) “Do Working Women Satisfice? Women Workers in the IT Sector”, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 51(4): 731-746.
- (2009) “An Application of MCDM to Built Heritage: The Case of Calcutta”, in Journal of Cultural Heritage, 2009, X(2): 237-243. (Impact Factor: 1.568)
- (2011) “Do slum dwellers have lower contraceptive prevalence rates? An analysis of current use patterns in Calcutta, India”, Asia Pacific Population Journal, 26(4): 29-56.
- (2011) “Balancing the present and future: A study of contraceptive use in Calcutta’s slums”, World Health and Population, 12(3), 2011: 23-32.
- (2013) “Ultra-modern contraception re-examined: Cultural dissent, or son preference?”, Asian Population Studies, 9(3): 280-300.
- (2013) “Are women SHG members economically more empowered in left-run municipalities?”, Development in Practice. 23(1), 2013: 107-122.
- (2013) “Does health insurance ensure equitable health outcomes? An analysis of hospital services usage in urban India”, World Health and Population, 14(4): 38-50.
- (2014) “Is health wealth? Results of panel data analysis”, Social Indicators Research, 117(1): 121-143. (Impact Factor: 1.395)
- (2014) “Self Help Groups and empowerment of women—Self-selection, or actual benefits?”, Journal of International Development, 26(4): 422-437. (Impact Factor: 0.669)
- (2015) “Grandparental childcare and labour market participation of mothers”, Economic and Political Weekly, 23 May, L(21): 74-82.
(2015) “Is the bell tolling for elderly workers”, Journal of Regional Development and Planning, 14(1).
- Economics of Conservation of Built Heritage: The Case of Calcutta (2010), Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, Germany, 156 pp. ISBN No. 978-3-8383-8892-2
- Employment and the State: Challenges and Opportunities (2010), VDM Verlag, Dr. Müller, Germany, 140 pp. ISBN No. 978-3639278378 [Co-author]
- Women Workers in Kolkata’s IT sector: Satisficing Work and Household (2014), Springer [Co-author]
Fertility control among urban "elites": Cultural dissent, son preference or convenience (2016, forthcoming), Springer Pvt. Ltd. [Co-author]
Chapter in Edited Book
- (2008) Commercialization versus Preservation: A CV Study of South Park Street Cemetery, in Sarkar D. N. (ed.) Second Generation Reforms: what is to be done? (2008), Allied Publishers, pp 121-133, ISBN No. 81-8424-297-2.
- (2009) Regional Variations in Occupational Segregation in India: Some Evidence from NSS Data, in Sarkar D. N. (ed.), Agriculture Industry Interactions: An Approach to Developing Economics. Kalpaz Publications, Delhi, pp 143-166, ISBN No. 978-81-7835-818-5.
- (2011) Determinants of crime rates: Crime Deterrence and Growth in post-liberalized India, in Sarkar D. N. (ed.), Theory and Empirics of Economics in the Current Perspective, (2011). Allied Publishers (P) Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 90-105.
- (2013) A new horizon? Patriarchy, globalization and women’s agency in the IT sector, in Sarmila Banerjee & Anjan Chakrabarti (ed) Development and sustainability: India in a global perspective. Springer: 321-338. ISBN 978-81-322-1123-5.
(2016 Forthcoming) Fertility control among urban "elites": Cultural dissent, son preference or convenience, Springer Pvt. Ltd.
- (2009) Chapter on “Health”, in UNDP and West Bengal Planning Board, “Human Development Report: South 24 Parganas”.