Sourabh B Paul

Sourabh B Paul
Associate Professor
CV Summary: 

Sourabh Paul received PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and MS in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. Sourabh's work broadly focuses on how some recent changes in the Indian economy have affected the most vulnerable sections of Indian society. His research encompasses issues such as castes and labour mobility, distributional aspects, preferences, nutrition, health and gender, among others.

Contact Information

MS 649 A,
IIT Delhi
Hauz Khas
New Delhi 110016

Research Areas

Empirical development with special focus on labour market discrimination, food preference, nutrition, health, applied econometrics

Academic Background

BSc, University of Calcutta
MS(QE), Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
MPhil, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai
PhD, University of British Columbia


Selected Publications

Castes and Labor Mobility (with Hnatkovska, V. and Lahiri, A.), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, April, 2012; 4(2): 274-307.

Breaking the Caste Barrier: Intergenerational Mobility in India (with Hnatkovska, V. and Lahiri, A.), Journal of Human Resources, Spring 2013; 48(2):435-473.

Universalisation versus targeting in maternal and child health care provisioning: evidence from India (with S. Paul and K. James), SSM - Population Health vol. 9 100502. 17 Oct. 2019.

India’s calorie consumption puzzle: insights from the stochastic cost frontier analysis of calorie purchases (with Hazarika, Gautam), Empirical Economics (2020): 1-18.

Caste Discrimination in Provision of Public Schools in Rural India (with Neha Bailwal), The Journal of Development Studies.

Discouraged Worker Effect and Labour Market Behaviour of Urban Married Women (with Deeksha Tayal), Asian Development Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 93–122.

Strategic Interactions, Bargaining power and Stability of Joint Venture in an Emerging Nation (with R. Kaushik), Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (2021).

Labour Force Participation Rate of Women in Urban India: An Age‑Cohort‑Wise Analysis (with D. Tayal), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics (2021).

Urban infrastructure and labour force participation in India (with R. Ahalya), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 64, 943–960 (2021).

Maternal education, health care system and child health: Evidence from India (with Sohini Paul, K. James and Ashish Gupta), Social Science & Medicine, Volume 296, March 2022, 114740, doi:

Women’s experience of post-natal care: A study from Uttarakhand, India (with A. Verma), Asian Journal of Women's Studies, 2022, DOI:

Knowledge Spillovers and Productivity Growth: Role of Absorptive Capacity in the Indian Manufacturing Sector (with I. Roy), Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2022,

Labour Market for Young Urban Female Graduates in India (with D. Tayal), South Asia Research, Vol. 42(2): 1–19, 2022,

Do competition improve persistence in innovation effort? Sectoral patterns and evidence from India (with R. Kaushik), Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2022,

Political Trust, Democratic Satisfaction and Partisanship: Explaining Leadership Approval in Indonesia in Times of Economic Hardship during the COVID-19 Crisis (with Taberez A. Neyazi and Burhanuddin Muhtadi), Asian Survey 2022,

The pursuit of simplicity: Can simplifying eligibility criteria improve social pension targeting? (with V. Asri, K. Michaelowa, and S. Panda), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, August 2022,

Determinants of Economic Mobility in India (with R. Ahalya), IASSI Quarterly: Contributions to Indian Social Science, Vol. 41, No. 1 & 2, 2022

Transition in Dietary Quality: Evidence from India (with S. Paul), British Journal of Nutrition, September 2022,

Using Satellite Images and Deep Learning to Measure Health and Living Standards in India (with Adel Daoud, Felipe Jordán, Makkunda Sharma, Fredrik Johansson, Devdatt Dubhashi, Subhashis Banerjee). Social Indicators Research (2023).


The following papers were accepted in peer-reviewed conferences

Political Trust, Economic Factors and Partisanship: Explaining Leadership Approval In Indonesia In The Time of Coronavirus (with Neyazi, Taberez A. and Muhtadi, Burhanuddin), 3rd Annual Conference of World Association for Public Opinion Research, Asia Chapter, 2020

Discouraged worker effect and labour market behaviour of urban married women (with D. Tayal), 3rd Development Economics Conference 2019, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK (17-19 June 2019).

Knowledge Spillovers and Technological Convergence in the Indian Manufacturing Sector (with Ipsita Roy), XIV International Conference on Public Policy and Management, IIM Bangalore, 2019.

The dynamics of aggregate productivity over business cycle: evidence from Indian organised manufacturing plants (with D. Goswami), 5th DIAL Development Conference, Paris-Dauphine University, Paris (July 4-5, 2019) and Fourth Conference - Productivity, financial constraints and labour decisions of SMEs, The University of Sydney, Australia (May 16-17, 2019).

Job creation and job destruction in Indian manufacturing (with D. Goswami), WIDER Development Conference, Bangkok, Thailand ( September 11-13, 2019) and Summer School of the DFG Labor Network, Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany (July 23-27, 2018).

Strategic interactions, R&D and stability of joint venture in developing country (with R. Kaushik), 9th Strategic Interaction and General Equilibrium: Theories and Applications. University of Paris, Nanterre (November, 29-30th 2018).

Does transparency improve public program targeting? Evidence from India’s old-age pension reforms (with Viola Asri, Katharina Michaelowa, and Sitakanta Panda), CIS Working Paper No. 92, Center for Comparative and International Studies, University of Zurich, 2017 (earlier version at Gottingen Development Economics Conference on 24 June 2016).

Efficient Transport Services? Growth and Environmental Implications Case Study of India ( with R Chadha and A Tandon), GTAP 16th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, 2013

Community identity and skill mismatch: A study on Indian labour market (with Mukherjee, A.), Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, New Delhi, 2012.

Trade Reforms and Gender Empowerment in India (with Paul, Sohini), 2010, presented at the Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, Quebec, 2010 and accepted for the Annual Meeting of American Economic Association, Atlanta, 2010.

Distributional Effects of Tariff Reform in India, 2010, presented at the Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, Quebec, 2010.

Inequality, Violence and Social Fragmentation in Emerging India, 2009, presented at the Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, Toronto, 2009.

Changing Skill Intensity in Dynamic Sectors in India, 2008, presented at the Annual Conference of Canadian Economic Association, Vancouver, 2008.

Other papers (online archive)

Adding Structure to Statistics: A Study on COVID-19 Dynamics in India (with Dixit, Arundhati and Vishnoi, Sarthak), medRxiv 2020.05.26.20113522; doi:

On monitoring development indicators using high resolution satellite images (with Potnuru Kishen Suraj, Ankesh Gupta, Makkunda Sharma, and Subhashis Banerjee) eprint arXiv:1712.02282. December 2017.

India’s Transport Sectors: Fiscal Issues and Allocative Efficiency (2013). (with Chadha, Rajesh and Tan- don, Anjali), Available at SSRN: or

Food Preference and Nutrition in India (August 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: or


Exploring risk factors of adverse maternal and child health outcomes using machine learning and other advanced data analytical approaches, (PI), funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

The poverty-mortality linkage in India: The role of social pensions and public health care for different social groups, (PI), funded by Indo-Swiss joint Research Programme on Social Sciences.

Study on Socio-Economic Cost of Road Accidents in India (Co-PI) (DIMTS Ltd & IIT Delhi), sponsored by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India

DST Center for Policy Research (Co-PI), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India

A Machine Learning Tool to suggest career paths based on multiple psychological, physiological, geographical, financial, social, and preferential factors (under Discover & Learn Scheme of IRD 3rd call), funded by Industrial Research & Development, IIT Delhi, India

Fiscal issues and allocative efficiency in transport sectors, NCAER (co-investigator), funded by National Transport Development Policy Committee, Government of India.

Parallel imports of books and other copyrighted materials, NCAER (co-investigator), funded by Depart- ment of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India.

Food grain stocking policy in India, NCAER (co-investigator), funded by Food and Agriculture Organi- zation of the United Nations.

Teaching Areas

Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, Labour Economics, Health Economics, Discriminations