Faculty Details

Prof. Mousumi Das

Jr. Assistant Professor , School of Economics
Home Page:https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=PZ5xKCUAAAAJ&hl=en

Teaching Interests

Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Public Policy
Country focus: India, Bangladesh, China, Southern and Eastern Africa

Research Interests

Applied econometrics and impact evaluation techniques with applications in the fields of Risk and Vulnerability, Food and Nutrition Policy, Migration, Skills and Education, Sustainable Development Goals





Food & Nutrition Policy

Prioritising Agriculture to Nutrition Pathways, July 2017 Issue of Yojana, published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (available at http://yojana.gov.in/) New Delhi (Published) (http://yojana.gov.in/YOJANA%20English%20JULY%202017%20FINAL.pdf)
Das, M., A. Sharma & Babu, S. C. (2017). Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition in India: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals, IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 1649, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington D.C. (Published)
Nutrition transition under increasing urbanization in India: Policy implications for achieving Sustainable Development Goals with D. Debnath, S. Babu and P. Westhoff (selected for presentation at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Annual Meeting, Chicago Illinois 2017)
Measures, Spatial Profile and Determinants of Dietary Diversity: Evidence from India, previously Dietary Diversity and Child Nutrition in Rural India: A Quantile Regression Analysis, IGIDR WP-2014-045 http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2014-045.pdf (Published)
Das, M., A. Sharma & Babu, S. C. (2017). Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition in India: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals (revise and resubmit Food Security, March 2018)
Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2017). Healthy Eating Index, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)
Das, M. and A. Sharma (2018). Do lower price of staple food items improve diet diversity? Evidence from rural India, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)

Poverty, Inequality & Risk

Suryanarayana, M. H. and Das, M. (2015): The Poorest Might Catch Up: Rawlsian Convergence vs. Pseudo-Convergence, Journal of Global Studies in Economics, vol 1(1), pp. 7-19, 2393-9974 (Published) (http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2014-005.pdf)
Brzeska, J., Das, M., and Fan, S. (2015): Social protection for poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, China Agricultural Economic Review, vol. 7(4), pp. 668-687 (Published) (https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/CAER-09-2015-0123)
Suryanarayana, M. H. and Das, M. (2014): How Inclusive is India’s Reform(ed) Growth?, Special Article, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 49 (6), pp. 44-52 (Published)(https://www.epw.in/journal/2014/6/special-articles/how-inclusive-indias-reformed-growth.html?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D2a797bf0343c9fc39a8551cb65bc3844)
Das, M., A. Sharma, Vulnerability to food insecurity: Evidence from rural India (considered for submission to special issue of Review of Income & Wealth, under review)(http://www.iariw.org/India/mdas.pdf)
Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2018). Multidimensional poverty and food security: Evidence from Bangladesh using recent data, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)
Das, M. and A. Sharma (2018). Rurality Index: Evidence from India (WIP)

Labor & Education

Sharma, A. and M. Das (2017). Migrant Networks in the Urban Labour Market: Evidence from India, Journal of Development Studies, published online July 25 2017 (Published)(https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220388.2017.1342815)
S. Chandrasekhar, M. Das and A. Sharma (2015). Short-term Migration and Consumption Expenditure of Households in Rural India, Oxford Development Studies, vol. 43(1), pp. 105-122 (Published)(https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13600818.2014.964194)
Imparting and Assessing Skills, Background Chapter for the New Skills at Work Initiative (NSAWI) funded by J.P. Morgan, and housed at NCAER
Thorny Roses: A peep into the robotised economic future (with Siddhartha Mitra, Jadavpur University)
Fiscal policy and jobs: Review paper (with A. Sharma, IIM Indore) (WIP)


Asian Enigma on Child Under-nutrition: An Indian Version and its Verification vide Structural Equation Modeling Approach (with S. Babu, IFPRI) (WIP)
Gender wage inequality among internal migrants: Evidence from India (with A. Sharma, IIM Indore) (WIP)

International Trade

Intra-industry trade related issues: Evidence from India (with C. Veeramani, IGIDR) (WIP)

Administrative Responsibilities

Departmental Faculty coordinator for extra-curricular & other events: XAMBOREE, Leadership Training Program for SHG Women Leaders

Member in Editorial Board

Referee work:
Food Security, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Quantitative Economics, China Agricultural Economic Review, MARGIN The Journal of Applied Economic Research, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy

Other Membership

Royal Economic Society, Human Development and Capability Association, International
Economic Association, Asian Population Association, Canadian Economic Association, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

Research & Publications

Work Experience


Total work experience excluding five years of doctoral work: 5

Consultant, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi 2017
Assistant Professor, Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR), Chennai 2017
Associate Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi 2015
(New Skills at Work Initiative Project funded by J.P.Morgan and Director General Office of Dr Shekhar Shah) 2015
Consultant, World Bank, Washington D.C. 2015
Visiting Fellowship, Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship Awardee by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. 2014
Research Associate at National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM),Pune 2009
Officer (Mortgage Underwriting – United States office), Organization: Royal Bank of Scotland 2006


UGC Junior Research Fellowship/Senior Research Fellowship 2010
M.A. (Economics), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune 2009
B.A.(Hons)(Economics), Miranda House, Delhi University 2006
Rank Holder: National Science Olympiad 2000


Principal Investigator: ICSSR Major grant on exploring Agriculture to Nutrition Pathways across Indian districts with a special focus on Madhya Pradesh, 2018 -2020 (ongoing)
Consultant, Watershed Development and Livelihood Security, World Vision Chennai, World Vision India (completed) 2018
United Nations - Construction of Multi-dimensional Poverty Index
Core team member on Fiscal Policy & Jobs for the Fiscal Responsibility & Budget Management Committee, Ministry of Finance with Dr Shekhar Shah and Dr Rajesh Chadha (completed)


International Association of Review of Income & Wealth (IARIW), Canada
International Economic Association (IEA) (twice)
European Union (EU), Belgium
Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C.
Canadian Development and Economics Study Group (CDESG), Canada
University of Oxford, Oxford U.K.
Royal Economic Society (RES), U.K. (twice)
International Growth Centre (IGC), U.K.
University of Hohhenheim (Biological Chemistry and Nutrition), Germany
Oxford Development Initiative & Overseas Development Institute (ODI), U.K.
Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka
Georg-August-University, Germany
Thunnen Institute, Germany
Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA), U.S.A.
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium


Fine arts, Classical dance, Languages spoken: English (Fluent), Bengali (Fluent), Hindi (Fluent), Marathi (Basic), French (Intermediate), German (Basic)