Faculty Details

Prof. Mousumi Das

Jr. Assistant Professor , School of Economics
Ph.D.
Phone:+06746673351
Email:mousumidas@xub.edu.in
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

BLOGS & INTERVIEWS

http://www.ideasforindia.in/topics/productivity-innovation/the-impact-of-robotisation-on-the-world-economy-a-forward-looking-review.html

http://blog.aaea.org/2016/09/aaea-trust-profile-mousumi-das.html

PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

Food & Nutrition Policy

• Prioritising Agriculture to Nutrition Pathways, July 2017 Issue of Yojana, published by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (available at http://yojana.gov.in/) New Delhi
• Das, M., A. Sharma & Babu, S. C. (2017). Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition in India: Implications for Sustainable Development Goals. Food Security. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-018-0858-4 (Springer) (Impact factor: 2.970)

Migration

• Sharma, A. & M. Das (2017). Migrant Networks in the Urban Labour Market: Evidence from India, Journal of Development Studies, vol. 54(9), pp. 1593-1611. (Impact factor: 1.526)
• S. Chandrasekhar, M. Das & A. Sharma (2015). Short-term Migration and Consumption Expenditure of Households in Rural India, Oxford Development Studies, vol. 43(1), pp. 105-122

Poverty, Risk & Inequality

• Suryanarayana, M. H. & 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
• Brzeska, J., Das, M., & Fan, S. (2015): Social protection for poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, China Agricultural Economic Review, vol. 7(4), pp. 668-687
• Suryanarayana, M. H. & Das, M. (2014): How Inclusive is India’s Reform(ed) Growth? Special Article, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 49 (6), pp. 44-52

Education

• Imparting and Assessing Skills, Background Chapter for the New Skills at Work Initiative (NSAWI) funded by J.P. Morgan, and housed at NCAER, Skilling India: No Time to Lose, published by the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi (available at: http://www.ncaer.org/uploads/photo-gallery/files/1541180541Skilling%20India%20Report.pdf )

Economic Development

• Mitra, S. and Das, M. (2018). Thorny Roses: A Peep into the Robotised Economic Future, Universal Review, vol 7, Issue XI, pp. 103-108 (UGC approved journal: ISSN no: 2277-2723) (available at: http://universalreview.org/gallery/14.%20nov%20urj%20-%20as.pdf )
• Multidimensional Poverty Index: Recent Evidence from Namibia, Background paper, Poverty Reduction in Namibia (with Sylvanus Ikhide, Professor University of Stellenbosch Business School), United Nations

ONGOING PROJECTS

• Principal Investigator, Indian Council of Social Science & Research (ICSSR), Government of India, Major grant, Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition: Evidence from Indian Districts with special focus on West Bengal (2018 – 2020) (ongoing)
• Poverty Reduction in Namibia (with Sylvanus Ikhide, Professor University of Stellenbosch Business School), United Nations (ongoing)

WORKING PAPERS

Food & Nutrition Policy

• 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.
• 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
• Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2017). Healthy Eating Index, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)

Poverty, Risk & Inequality

• Das, M. & A. Sharma, Vulnerability to food insecurity: Evidence from rural India (considered for submission to special issue of World Development)
• Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2018). Multidimensional poverty and food security: Evidence from Bangladesh using recent data, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)
• Das, M. & Ikhide, S. (2018): Multidimensional Poverty Index: Recent evidence from Namibia (consultancy work for the United Nations) (WIP)

Gender

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

Economic Development

• Leveraging culture for reviving Kolkata’s economy (with T. Chatterji, Dean, Urban Management & Governance, Xavier University Bhubaneswar)
• Fiscal Policy & Jobs, Background paper for the Fiscal Responsibility & Budget Management (FRBM) Committee, Chaired by Shri N.K. Singh

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

WORK EXPERIENCE

Total work experience excluding five years of doctoral work: 5

• Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB), (June 2018 – present)
Courses taught: Indian Economy, Statistical methods for Economists, Human Development & Social Inclusion; Organized a symposium on Indian Economy
• Assistant Professor, Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR), Chennai (June 2017 –June 2018)
Courses taught: Financial Times Series Analysis
Principal Investigator: ICSSR Major grant on Agriculture to Nutrition Pathways, 2018 -2020
Other responsibilities: Girls’ Hostel Warden, Member of the Accreditation Committee (Review team for SAQS, NAAC), IT Committee
• Consultant, World Bank, Washington D.C. (March - December 2017), South Asia Regional Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL)
o Watershed Development and Livelihood Security, World Vision Chennai, India
• Associate Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, (Dec 2015 – June 2017)
o Core team: New Skills at Work Initiative (NSAWI) funded by J.P. Morgan, Uttar Pradesh Primary Health Care (UPPHC) funded by the Gates Foundation
o Research assistance to the Director General’s (Dr Shekhar Shah) Office
o 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
• Visiting Fellowship, Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship Awardee by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. (Aug – Dec 2015)
• Research Associate at National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune (Jan 2010 – July 2010)
• Officer (Mortgage Underwriting – United States office), Organization: Royal Bank of Scotland, Gurgaon (June 2006 - March 2007)

EDUCATION

• Ph.D., Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (2012-16)
• Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India, Intermediate (2010)
• M.A. Economics, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India (2007-09)
• B.A. (Hons) Economics, Miranda House, Delhi University (2003-06)

CONSULTANCY

Consultant, Watershed Development and Livelihood Security, World Vision Chennai, World Vision India (completed) 2018
United Nations - Construction of Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (ongoing)
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)
Core team member: New Skills at Work Initiative (NSAWI) housed at NCAER and funded by J.P.Morgan (completed)

GRANT BODIES

• Cornell University
• A4NH?, CGIAR Research Program, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
• International Association of Review of Income & Wealth (IARIW), Canada
• International Economic Association (IEA)
• 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.
• 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
• Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA)
• Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

• Thorny Roses: A Peep Into The Robotised Economic Future (with Prof S. Mitra), 4th International Conference on Recent Research and Innovations in Social Science, Humanities (ICRRISH-2018), Osmania University (Hyderabad); 60th Annual Indian Society of Labor Economics (ISLE) Conference 2018 (selected)
• Multidimensional poverty and food security: Evidence from Bangladesh using recent data, ANH Academy Week Ghana 2018
• Social protection in the context of food security in India and China, Special Interest Group Conference, IIM Indore 2016
• Gender wage gap among internal migrants in India, HDCA Annual Conference, September 2015, Washington D.C. (with Prof. A. Sharma).
• Healthy Eating Index: Evidence from India, 2nd IGIDR-ISI Kolkata Doctoral workshop 2015 11th Winter School Delhi School of Economics, 18th World Economic Congress 2017; JRC-IFPRI Joint conference, Brussels 15-17 Nov. 2017, European Union, Brussels, Belgium; 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, Dec 2017, Cape Town, South Africa; Cornell University Aug 2019
• Pathways from agriculture to nutrition: Evidence from India, 5th annual LCIRAH conference: Agri-health research: what have we learned and where to next? London 2015; TAAS – IFPRI – ICAR National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: India’s Preparedness and Role of Agriculture, 2017
• Micronutrient inadequacy in India: Exploring the Healthy Eating Index and Impact of prices on hidden hunger: Evidence from India to be presented at the 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger 2015
• Vulnerability to Food Insecurity: Evidence from India, HDCA Annual Conference, September 2014, Athens, selected for presentation at International Conference on Globalization and Development, University of Goettingen, Germany 2015 and Canadian Economic Association (CEA) Conference 2015, PoRESP? Summer School on “Anti-poverty Policies & Individual Responses”, Brussels 2015; 18th World Economic Congress 2017; IARIW-ICRIER Special Issue, Review of Income & Wealth
• Pursuit of food security in India: How appropriate is a uniform approach? Research Scholar Workshop, July 2014, University of Calcutta
• ISI Delhi - Warwick Economics Workshop, 2014
• Dietary Diversity and Child Nutrition in Rural India: A Quantile Regression Analysis, Royal Economic Society Conference, The University of Manchester, April 2014, 2nd Global Food Symposium, University of Göttingen, April 2014, 17th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA), Jordan and the 5th IGC-ISI India Development Policy Conference July 2014
• Agriculture, Dietary Diversity and Rural Development in India, National Seminar, November 2013, A.K. Dasgupta Centre for Planning and Development, Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan
• Migration and Food Consumption Patterns: Evidence from India, (with S. Chandrasekhar and Ajay Sharma), August 2012, Asian Population Association Conference, Bangkok

Hobbies

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