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Mousumi Das

Area: Economics


Areas of Interest

Development Economics, Applied Econometrics

Name: Mousumi Das
Designation: Assistant Professor


  • Research interests: Development Economics, Applied Econometrics
  • Focus areas: Food & Nutrition Policy, Economic Inequality, Poverty Analysis, Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Development, Risk & Vulnerability, Education & Skill Development, Migration
  • Country focus: India, China, Bangladesh, Somalia
  • Assistant Professor (Institute for Financial Management & Research, Chennai)
  • Recent training cum workshop: BioMedical Analytics, School of Medical Science and Technology, IIT Kharagpur
  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Government of India, Major Grant awardee (Principal Investigator) (2018-20), Pathways from Agriculture to Nutrition: Evidence from Indian Districts with special focus on Madhya Pradesh
  • Consultant, World Bank, Washington D.C.
  • Associate Fellow (National Council of Applied Economic Research), New Delhi - New Skills at Work Initiative, J.P.Morgan and the Director General's office (Dr Shekhar Shah), Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Committee - Fiscal Policy and Jobs
  • Visiting Fellowship, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C.
  • Awards:
    • Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship awarded by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) 2015 (
    • University Grants Commission (UGC) - JRF/SRF (2010-15)
  • Teaching experience: Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (Masters & Graduate students);  Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, Pune (Masters students); Indian Economic Service (IES) Officers & Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Grade B Officers, Amrita School of Business (Graduate students)
  • Ph.D. Economics (Development Studies), Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (2012-15)
  • Management Accountant (Inter), Institute of Cost & Management Accountancy, India
  • Research Associate at the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune
  • 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 New Delhi
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2017). Healthy Eating Index, Preliminary draft prepared (WIP)
    • Migration
    • Sharma, A. & M. Das (2017). Migrant Networks in the Urban Labour Market: Evidence from India, Journal of Development Studies, published online July 25 2017
    • 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, 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, 49 (6), pp. 44-52
    • Das, M., A. Sharma, Vulnerability to food insecurity: Evidence from rural India (considered for submission to special issue of Review of Income & Wealth)
    • Das, M. & Babu, S. C. (2018). Multidimensional poverty and food security: Evidence from Bangladesh using recent data
    • Education
    • Imparting and Assessing Skills, Background Chapter for the New Skills at Work Initiative (NSAWI) funded by J.P. Morgan, and housed at NCAER
    • Gender
    • 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)
  • Grant Bodies
    • International Economic Association (IEA), Washington D.C., U.S.A.
    • University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K.
    • Oxford Development Initiative & Overseas Development Institute (ODI), U.K.
    • Royal Economic Society (RES), U.K.
    • International Growth Centre (IGC), U.K.
    • European Union (EU), EU Head Office, Brussels, Belgium
    • International Association of Review of Income & Wealth (IARIW), Canada
    • Canadian Development and Economics Study Group (CDESG), Canada
    • Georg-August-University, GöttingenGermany
    • Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA), Washington D.C., U.S.A.
    • Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • Referee work: Food Security, Journal of Rural Studies, Journal of Quantitative Economics, China Agricultural Economic Review, MARGIN The Journal of Applied Economic Research; Review of SDG Asia scorecard for Overseas Development Institute with Dr Shekhar Shah; Handbook of the Indian Economy in the 21st Century Understanding the Inherent Dynamism, Edited by Dr. Ashima Goyal,Member Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC)
  • Other activities: Trained in the classical dance forms of Bharatnatyam and Kathak, Fine Arts

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