Sourabh B Paul | Humanities & Social Sciences

Sourabh B Paul

Sourabh B Paul
Associate Professor
CV Summary: 

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. Sourabh received PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and MS in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

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).

Village dominance and learning gaps in rural India (with N. Bailwal), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 219, 2024, Pages 52-73.


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