Reetika Khera

Reetika Khera
Associate Professor
Economics

Contact Information

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

Research Areas

Social policy in India, including health and nutrition, education, social protection, employment, poverty, inequality, impact of digital technologies in welfare.

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.
2014-2018: Associate professor, IIT Delhi.
2018-2020: Associate professor, IIM Ahmedabad.
2020-present: Associate professor, IIT Delhi | Sept 2020 onwards: Associate Dean (Student welfare)

Publications

Academic Journal

Balancing corruption and exclusion: Comment on the response, Ideas for India, 19 November. With Jean Drèze and Anmol Somanchi.

Aadhaar and the creation of barriers to welfare, Interactions, ACM, November 2020 (With Sareeta Amrute and Adam Willems)
Balancing corruption and exclusion: A rejoinder, Ideas for India, 28 September. With Jean Drèze and Anmol Somanchi.

A Review of the Coverage of the PDS, Ideas for India, 19 August, 2020. With Anmol Somanchi.

Information Technology and Welfare: Social Security Pensions in Andhra Pradesh, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 55, Issue No. 26-27, 27 Jun, 2020. With Vineeth Patibandla.

COVID-19 and Aadhaar: Why the Union Government's Relief Package is an Exclusionary Endeavour, EPW Engage, With Anmol Somanchi.

India’s Welfare State: A Halting Shift from Benevolence to Rights , Current History, Vol 119, Issue 816, April 2020.

Fashions, framing and expertise: ethical hazards for economists , Journal of Global Ethics, Vol 15, Issue 1, April 2019.

Impact of Aadhaar on Welfare Programmes, Economic and Political Weekly, 16 December, Vol 52, No. 50. Special Article.

Aadhaar and Food Security in Jharkhand, Pain Without Gain?, With Jean Drèze, Nazar Khalid and Anmol Somanchi. Economic and Political Weekly, 16 December, Vol 52, No. 50. Special Article.

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.

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).

Popular Articles

Conferences

<a href="https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/3378393.3402243">Information Technology (IT) and Welfare in India: Does IT work?</a>ACM Compass Proceedings 2020 (With Vineeth Patibandla).

Projects

Research Projects

Pay ratios in the Nifty50, with Meghna Yadav

Jean Dreze, Reetika Khera with the PEEP team

PDS Survey 2011

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.

Honours

Dec 2012 - Jul 2013: Think-Tank Initiative Fellowship, Associate professor, Institute of Economic Growth
2016- 18: Sulaiman Mutawa Associate Chair Professor, IIT Delhi.
Jan 2016 - April 2016: ICCR-King's India Institute, Visiting chair professor, King's College London.
October 2017: International visitor, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University.

Teaching Areas

Development economics, public economics, social policy

Courses

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