Reetika Khera

Reetika Khera
Associate Professor
Economics

Contact Information

Email: [firstname]@hss.iitd.ac.in
Office: 2659 7319
Room No: MS 644

Research Areas

Academic Background

Ph.D. (Economics), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
MPhil (Development Studies), Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
MA (Economics), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
BA (Economics), Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Employment History

2006-7: Post-doctoral research associate, Princeton University.
2011-14: Assistant professor, IIT Delhi.
2014-present: Associate professor, IIT Delhi.
2016- present: Sulaiman Mutawa Associate Chair Professor, IIT Delhi.

Visiting positions
Dec 2012 - Jul 2013: Think-Tank Initiative Fellowship, Associate professor, Institute of Economic Growth
Jan 2016 - April 2016: ICCR-King's India Institute, Visiting chair professor, King's College London.

Publications

Academic Journal

Recent Social Security Initiatives in India, With Jean Drèze. World Development, Vol 98, October 2017, pp. 555-572.

Children's Development: Baby Steps in Odisha, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No. 40. Special Article.

Clarification on PDS Leakages, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No. 39. With Jean Dreze, Himanshu and Abhijit Sen. Discussion.

Food Security: Bihar on the Move, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 34. With Jean Dreze and Jessica Pudussery. Special Article.

UID: From Inclusion to Exclusion, Seminar, August 2015.

Public Health in North India, An Exploratory Study in Four States Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 21, pp. 53--58. With Kritika Goel. Insight.

Understanding Leakages in the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No., February 2015. With Jean Drèze. Insight.

UID project: Does Evidence Matter, Yojana, July 2014. [Full version of I4I article]

Cash vs. In-kind Transfers: Indian Data Meets Theory, Food Policy, 46, pp. 116-128 , 2014.

Rural Poverty and the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 48, No 45&46, 16 November, 2013. With Jean Drèze. Special Article.

Mid-Day Meals Looking Ahead, Economic and Political Weekly, August 2013.

On the NIPFP Response, Economic and Political Weekly, Discussion, Vol. 48, No. 10, 9 March, 2013. Discussion.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of UID, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 48, No. 5, 2 February, 2013. Commentary.

Regional Patterns of Human and Child Deprivation, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 47, No. 39, 29 September 2012. With Jean Drèze. Special Article.

Food Security Act: One Step Forward, One Step Back?, Seminar, No. 634, 2012.

Revival of the Public Distribution System: Evidence and Explanations, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 44-45, November, 2011. Special Article.

Trends in Diversion of Grain from the Public Distribution System, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 26, 21 May, 2011. Special Article.

India's Public Distribution System: Utlization and Impact, Journal of Development Studies, Vol 47, No. 3, pp. 1-23, 2011.

The UID Project and Social Welfare, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 46, No. 9. 2011. Perspectives.

The BPL Census and A Possible Alternative, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 45 (No. 9), 27 February, 2010. With Jean Drèze. Special Article.

Women Workers and their Perceptions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44 (No. 43), 24 October, 2009. With Nandini Nayak. Special Article.

Right to Food: Beyond Cheap Promises, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 44 (No. 29) 18 July, 2009. Insight.

Starvation Deaths and “Primitive Tribal Groups, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 52), 27 December – 2 January, 2008. Commentary.

Self-Targeting on Employment Programmes, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Volume 51, No. 2, 2008.

Access to the Targeted Public Distribution System: A Case Study in Rajasthan, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 44), 1-7 November, 2008. Special Article.

Empowerment Guarantee Act, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 43 (No. 35), 30 August – 5 September, 2008. Commentary.

The State of India’s Children (with Jean Drèze and Sudha Narayanan), Indian Journal of Human Development, Volume 1, No. 2, July-December, 2007.

Political Economy of State Response to Drought, Economic and Political Weekly, 16 December, 2006. Special Article.

Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools: Achievements and Challenges, Economic and Political Weekly, 18 November, 2006. Perspectives.

Bringing Grassroots Democracy to Life: The MKSS Campaign in the Rajasthan Panchayat Elections, Economic and Political Weekly, 19 February, 2005. Commentary.

Monitoring Disclosures, Seminar, February 2004.

Crime, Gender and Society in India: Insights from homicide data, Population and Development Review, Volume 30, No. 2, 2000. With Jean Drèze.

Popular articles

It is time for judiciary to call out the Indian government’s lie on ‘voluntary Aadhaar’, Scroll.in, 7 December.

Why ABBA must go The Hindu, 13 November.

आधार पर अदालत की सुनें Amar Ujala, 13 November.

Why govt-subsidized Amma, Indira canteens are life-saversHindustan Times, 25 August, 2017.

Maut aur taqleef se jhoojhti janata Prabhat Khabar, 20 August.

आधार: जीवन के अधिकार पर प्रहार Prabhat Khabar, 2 August.

The Government is speaking in two tongues on the right to privacy Interview, Business Standard, 23 July.

The Different Ways in Which Aadhaar Infringes on Privacy, The Wire, 2 June.

Digital India: Ek Nazar, Prabhat Khabar, 18 July.

The Real Beneficiaries, Indian Express, 2 June.

िनजता दायरे में आधार, Amar Ujala, 16 May.

हानिकर है आधार की अनिवार्यता, Prabhat Khabar, 11 May, 2017.

आधार को पैन कार्ड से जोड़ना कितना ख़तरनाक है?, BBC Hindi, 26 April, 2017. Tamil.

आधार - निजता और लोकतंत्र पर प्रहार, Navbharat, 9 April, 2017.

Evidence No Bar, Indian Express, 5 April, 2017.

Feeding Insecurities, Hindu Business Line, 31 March, 2017.

मिड-डे मिल में आधार अवैध Prabhat Khabar, 29 March, 2017.

No Good Will Come from Linking Aadhaar to Mid-Day Meals | आधार को मिड डे मील से जोड़ने पर नुकसान के सिवा कुछ हासिल नहीं होगा, The Wire, 24 March, 2017.

Four videos that show why Rajasthan needs to desperately fix its public distribution system, Scroll.in, 9 March.

What Explains The Popular Support for Demonetization. In Hindi. नोटबंदी को मिले जनसमर्थन के पीछे क्या कारण है? The Wire, 27 February, 2017.

Ten Things We Need to Change, Livemint, 4 February, 2017.

Nice to See NREGA Trending. But Urgent Fixes Required, NDTV, 3 February, 2017.

मनरेगा में कैसे फूंकी जाए जान?, Rashtriya Sahara, 4 February, 2017.

यूबीआई कितना व्यावहारिक, Amar Ujala, 31 January, 2017.

After many u-turns, has Modi finally recognised the importance of social security measures?Scroll.in, 8 January, 2017.

एक अच्छी पहल की खामियां, Amar Ujala, 6 January, 2017.

A Phased Approach Will Make a "Basic Income" Affordable for India, The Wire, 20 December 2016.

Why We Need to Open ‘Amma Canteens’ All Over India, The Wire, 8 December, 2016.

Amma's canteens, baby care kits most significant additions to Tamil Nadu welfare schemes: Reetika Khera, Catch News, 7 December 2016.

Aadhaar-enabled Exclusion and Corruption, Deccan Herald, 27 November, 2016.

निन्यानबे फीसदी बनाम एक फीसदी, Amar Ujala, 22 November, 2016.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Modi's 'surgical strike' on Black Money, NDTV, 14 November, 2016.

Policy Disaster, Frontline, 11 November, 2016.

कुपोषण से कैसे लड़ सकते हैं, Amar Ujala, 19 October, 2016.

Big Media’s Take on the Aadhaar-LPG Savings Saga Highlights Why We Can’t Trust It, The Wire, 7 October, 2016.

Could the virtual world of Pokémon Go be used to help rich Indians see real struggles of the poor?, Scroll.in, 30 July, 2016.

क्या 'आधार' लोगों का अधिकार छीन रहा है?, BBC Hindi, 27 July, 2016.

On Aadhaar Success, Its All Hype - That Includes the World Bank, NDTV.com, 23 July, 2016.

Food Security Act: How are poor states doing?, Ideas for India, 29 June, 2016.

Jean Dreze & Reetika Khera: Any state can reform PDS if it has political willInterview, Catch News, 17 June, 2016.

Five Aadhaar Myths that Don't Stand Up to Scrutiny, The Wire, 23 March 2016.

मजदूरों के हक में मनरेगा, Amar Ujala, 4 February, 2016.

Digging holes, filling them up, Indian Express, 3 February, 2016.

For NREGA, Tamil Nadu is the only hope", NDTV.com, 2 February, 2016.

Community kitchens: An idea whose time has come, Scroll.in, 22 January 2016.

The Right(s) Perspective on Populism, Business Today, 17 January, 2016.

Child Development: Kerala tops, Gujarat flops, Bihar hops, NDTV 24x7 | बाल विकास - केरल टॉप, गुजरात फ्लॉप, बिहार हिट NDTV India, 18 November 2015. With Jean Drèze. Child Development: How are Indian states faring?" Ideas for India.

PDS in Bihar, The Road Ahead Live Mint, 3 November, 2015.

A Nobel for the idea of well-being, The Hindu, 17 October, 2015. Against the tide: Deaton's economics" Ideas for India.

गरीबी के बारे में डीटन ने बढ़ाई है अर्थशास्त्र की समझ, Outlook Hindi, 15 October, 2015.

Five Myths About Aadhaar, Outlook, 18 September, 2015.

Thought for Food , खाद्य सुरक्षा: सुधर सकते हैं फिसड्डी राज्यों के भी हालात Outlook, 21 August, 2015. With Jean Dreze.

आधार: ज़िंदगी में तांकझांक का तर्क कितना सही?, BBC Hindi, 17 August, 2015.

गरीबी से जंग के भोथरे हथियार, Amar Ujala, 31 July, 2015.

Nurture Mission, Frontline, 24 July, 2015. With Rajkishor Mishra.

Seven reasons why India needs eggs, Scroll.in, 10 June, 2015.

Eggs and Prejudice, Indian Express, 6 June, 2015.

And the Unique Identification juggernaut keeps rolling, The Wire, 3 June, 2015.

नकद हस्तांतरण से क्या हो पाएगी खाद्य सुरक्षा, Amar Ujala, 26 April 2015.

Whose Bharat is it?, Outlook, March 2015.

Ending the APL Scam , LiveMint, 3 March, 2015. With Jean Dreze.

The Meaning of Vikas , Outlook, February 2015.

Fiscal Attention Deficit, HuffPost, February, 2015.

Kaise Pahuche Garibon Tak Anaaj, Amar Ujala, February 2015.

Social Welfare: India is trailing among the BRICS , The BRICS Post, 1 December, 2014.

The Whys and Whats of NREGA, Indiaspend.org, 4 November, 2014 | मनरेगा से क्या है मोदी को दिक्कत?, BBC Hindi, 25 November.

'विकास मॉडलों' के बीच ओडिशा से सबक, BBC Hindi, 17 November, 2014. With Jean Dreze and Rajkishor Mishra.

माई-बाप सरकार' की वापसी, Amar Ujala, 15 October. | Mai-Baap Sarkar Returns, scroll.in

Bitter Pill to Swallow, Indian Express, 2 September, 2014.

The Hills Aim Higher, Outlook, 24 August, 2014. | हिमाचल को भी देखिए, Amar Ujala, 14 July, 2014.

Aadhaar-enabled DBT is more demanding than DBT, Business Standard, 28 June, 2014.

मेरे गुजरात की कहानी, Amar Ujala | Growing up in Gujarat, NDTV, 8 April, 2014.

UID project: Does Evidence matter?, Ideas for India, 5 February, 2014.

सामाजिक सुरक्षाः अपने ही क़ानून मरोड़ती सरकार, BBC Hindi, 19 November, 2013.

Do Government Schemes Ever work?, Yahoo News 22 October.

A Welcome Intervention, Deccan Herald, 29 September, 2013.

Five Misconceptions about the Food Security Bill, Reprinted in LiveMint, 8 August, 2013. Ideas for India version.

The Devil is in the detail, The Hindu, 6 August. | व्यक्ति नहीं परिवार अहम, Amar Ujala, 3 August, 2013.

Don't crunch this lunch, Times of India, 21 July, 2013. Hindi translation published in Dainik Jagran.

Food Security is Affordable, Hindu Business Line, 14 April, 2013.

Lessons from the East Godavari Pilot, The Hindu, 11 April, 2013.

Cash for Vote, Frontline, Volume 30, No. 4, March 2013. | Malayalam translation, published in Mathrubhumi. | DBT par Sanshay, Hindi translation, published in Rashtriya Sahara, 24 February, 2013

Working Things Out, Hindustan Times, 20 February, 2013.

Is UID Linked Cash Transfer a Good Idea, Business Standard, 10 January, 2013.

Food Security Act: Should the Centre Emulate Chhattisgarh?, Hindu Business Line, 28 December, 2012.

Benefit Transfer or Vote Transfer, Deccan Herald, 16 December, 2012.

Long Road to Cash Transfers, Financial Express, 4 December, 2012.

खरा नहीं है नकद का सौदा, Amar Ujala, 28 November, 2012.

Tamil Nadu's Striking Progress in Welfare , India Together, 10 September, 2012.

A Bill that asks too much of the poor , The Hindu, 5 September, 2012. With Jean Drèze.

Putting Kerala to Work , The Hindu, 1 August.

Experiments with Aadhaar , The Hindu, 27 June 2012, with Jean Drèze and Bharat Bhatti. | Response to the Minister's response, The Hindu, 4 July 2012, with Jean Drèze and Bharat Bhatti.

Adhaar se Kiska Uddhar, Amar Ujala, 28 February 2012

UID: Road to Exclusion?, The New Indian Express, 16 February 2012

Ghere Se Bahar, Amar Ujala, 31 December 2011

Lessons from Brazil , Frontline, 17-30 December 2011

PDS Leakages: The Plot Thickens , The Hindu, 12 August, 2011

Signs of Revival, The Hindu, 12 June, 2011.

Going Against the Grain, Hindustan Times, 27 January, 2011.

Biscuits, Tehelka, Volume 7, Issue 52, December, 2010.

Chhattisgarh Shows the Way, The Hindu, 14 November, 2010. With Jean Drèze.

Not all that Unique, Hindustan Times, 30 September, 2010.

Wages of Delay, Frontline, Volume 27.

Slow but Steady Success, The Hindu, 25 April, 2010. With Karuna Muthiah.

Incentives that work, The Hindu, 10 May, 2009. With Meera Samson and Anuradha De.

Lok Adalat or Joke Adalat, The Hindu, 22 February, 2009. With Jean Drèze.

Pati Experience, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009.

Battle for Employment Guarantee, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Jean Drèze.

Banned but still there, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Jean Drèze.

Rajasthan Way Ahead, Frontline, Volume 26, No. 1, 2009. With Anish Vanaik.

From accounts to accountability, The Hindu, 6 December, 2008. With Jean Drèze

The Black Hole of NREGA Records, Yojana, August, 2008.

Glucose for the Lok Sabha?, Hindustan Times, April 2008. With Jean Drèze.

Rajniti ko Badalti Rozgar Garanty, Hindustan, March 2008. With Jean Drèze.

Corruption in NREGA: Myths and Reality, 22 January, The Hindu, 2008. With Jean Drèze and Siddhartha.

Employment Guarantee and Migration, 18 July, The Hindu, 2006.
India's Right to Food Campaign, Just Change, October 2005.

Beasts in Uniform, Tehelka, 18 June 2005.

Not everybody loves a good drought, The Hindu Magazine, 2 January. With Aruna Roy.

Using your Illusions, Hindustan Times, 18 February, 2004. With Jean Drèze.

Mid-Day Meals in Rajasthan, The Hindu, 13 November, 2002.

Poverty of Policy, Scarcity of Will, The Times of India, 17 May, 2001. With Jean Drèze.

Social Media

क्यों आधार को अनिवार्य बनाने की हड़बड़ी में है सरकार? The Wire, 28 March, 2017.

सरकार आधार कार्ड के तमाम फ़ायदे गिनवाती रही है, पर क्या इसके कुछ नुकसान भी हैं? BBC Hindi, 24 March, 2017.

Radio

Canada Broadcasting Corporation, on the National Food Security Bill, 2013.

Voice of America, on Mid-day meals, 18 July, 2013.

Television
Demonetisation: One Year On, The Big Fight, NDTV 24x7, 11 November, 2017.

Demonetisation: Hit or Miss?, We, The People, NDTV 24x7, 5 November, 2017.

Aadhaar: To Link or Not?, Agenda, NDTV 24x7, 30 October, 2017.

Govt. plans subsidy transfer for PDS. Is it a viable idea? Desh Deshantar, RSTV, 20 July, 2017.

Privacy par sawal kyon? CNBC Awaaz, 20 July, 2017.

Is Aadhaar a breach of privacy? Adda, CNBC Awaaz, 4 May, 2017.

Aadhaar Par Bawaal Kyon? Adda, CNBC Awaaz, 28 April, 2017.

आधार : ज़रूरत और शंकाएँ , Desh-deshantar, RSTV, 28 March 2017.

Aadhaar Must For Tax Returns, PAN: Transparency Or Violating Privacy?, Left, Right and Centre, NDTV 24x7, 22 March, 2017.

Is the high value rupee ban in India a failure?, Al Jazeera, 1 January, 2017.

बिहार और मध्य प्रदेश में सबसे अधिक कुपोषण , Primetime, NDTV India, 12 October, 2016.

ICDS and Mid-Day Meals: Who decides the menu?, The Big Picture, RSTV, June 2015.

Sentiment over science , The Buck Stops Here, NDTV 24x7, June 2015.

Reforming NREGA, Charcha Mein, DD News, November 2014.

War on Poverty, The Big Picture, RSTV, October 2014.

Should Modi Government Keep UPA Welfare Schemes, Left, Right, Centre, 14 October 2014.

Primetime, Narega mein badlav ki koshish?, October 2014.

Newspoint, Kya Rs. 500 crore se ruk sakegi mehengayi, July 2014.

Badi Khabar, Sarkar nayi par mehengayi ki samasya vahi, July 2014.

Whose afraid of the Food Security Bill?, Truth vs. Hype, NDTV 24x7, 2014.

Food Bill: Game Changer?, Left, Right and Centre, NDTV 24x7, 26 Aug, 2013.

Is Malnutrition a Bigger Problem than Hunger?, State of the Nation, CNN-IBN, 14 August, 2013.

Garibi kam karne ko kitne gambhir neta, Muqabala, NDTV India.

Garibi rekha ko lekar ghamasan, Prime Time, NDTV India.

Kya hai garibi ki hakikat, Badi Khabar, NDTV India.

The Hunger Project, Truth vs. Hype, NDTV 24x7.

Is the food security bill a fiscal nightmare?, We Mean Business, NDTV Profit.

Cash transfer: Direct benefit or mere tokenism?, NDTV Profit, Jan 2013.

Paying out or paying off India’s poor, Inside Story, Al Jazeera, 2 Jan, 2013.

Direct Cash Transfer and beneficiaries of subsidies, Sarokaar, RSTV, October 2012.

Is the Government prepared for drought?, Big Picture, RSTV, July 2012.

The Republic of Hunger, 101 East, Al Jazeera, May 2012.

Books

Drèze, Jean and Khera, Reetika (2015), Readings in Social Policy and Public Action, unpublished compilation.

De, Anuradha, Khera, Reetika, Kumar, AK Shiva, Samson Meera (2011), PROBE Revisited (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

Battle for Employment Guarantee (2011), (New Delhi: Oxford University Press). Edited.

Reviews: Gayatri Sahgal, The Book Review;
Rob Jenkins, Realizing the Right to Work, Economic and Political Weekly;
Pradeep Baisakh, "Ground Zero Realities", Governance Now.

Citizen's Initiative for Right of Children Under Six (2006), Focus On Children Under Six, Abridged Report (New Delhi: Right to Food Campaign). Contributor.

Dey, Nikhil, Drèze, Jean and Khera, Reetika (2006), Employment Guarantee: A Primer (New Delhi: National Book Trust).

Chapters in Books

Democratic Politics and Legal Rights, in Sudhir Krishnaswamy and Mihika Tiwari (ed), Oxford University Press. Under review.

India’s Food Security Act: Five Misconceptions, in Rajat Kathuria and Neetika Kaushal Nagpal (ed), Governance and Development: Views from G20 Countries (Springer Verlag). Forthcoming.

Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools, in (Ed.) (2009), Elementary Education in India: Issues and Challenges (Mussoorie: Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Public Administration). With Jean Drèze.

Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools: Achievements and Challenges, in Baru, Rama (Ed.) (2008), “School Health in India” (New Delhi: Sage Publications).

Not everybody loves a good drought, with Aruna Roy, in Nirmala Lakshman (2007) Writing A Nation: An Anthology of Indian Journalism (Ed.), (New Delhi: Rupa Publications).

Student and Research Projects

Maji, Souparna (2017), A Database of articles on Demonetisation

Kundal, Shubham and Agarwal, Mukul (2017), Demonetisation: An estimation of Losses due to ATM Queuing, Economic and Political Weekly, 28 October, 2017.

Monika Yadav Midday meals scheme: Are government claims exaggerated?, Ideas for India, 31 July, 2017.

Rishabh Malhotra How Demonetisation Broke Delhi’s Markets – But Not People’s Faith in the Move, The Wire, 17 June 2017.

Anmol Somanchi, Srujana Bej and Mrityunjay Pandey, Well Done ABBA?, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 52, No. 7, 18 February, 2017.

Aditi Priya and Shagun, Even in Delhi, Basing PDS on Aadhaar is Denying Many the Right to Food, The Wire, 25 October, 2016.

Prankur Gupta, Estimating Kerosene Leakages from the Public Distribution System, Ideas for India, 24 September, 2014.

Rhythm Gupta, Yasoob Haider and Payoj Jain, Chhattisgarh’s Food ATMs: Portable Benefits Minus Biometrics, India Together, 15 September, 2014.

Courses

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