Seminar in Applied Microeconomics | India

Seminar in Applied Microeconomics - Virtual Assembly and Discussion

SAMVAAD is a platform for faculty and researchers in India to present their work and get feedback from the applied micro community. The online seminars are coordinated by Sabyasachi Das and Aaditya Dar and conducted once a month in association with the Society for Economic Research in India (SERI). To receive an invite, please sign up for the mailing list.

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Date Time Speaker(s) Paper
23 Nov 2023 6 PM IST Akhil Ilango Social Norms, Market Access, and Firm Size (joint with Sampreet Goraya)



Monthly edition

Date Time Speaker Paper
26 Oct 2023 6 PM IST Sumit Mishra (Krea) Whither Persistence? (joint with Karthik Rao Cavale)
28 Sep 2023 6 PM IST Shekhar Tomar (ISB) Trumping Immigration: Visa Uncertainty and Jobs Relocation (joint with Ritam Chaurey and Kanika Mahajan)
24 Aug 2023 6 PM IST Subrato Banerjee (IIT Bombay) Doubt: Insights from a cross-cultural experiment (joint with Shilpi Mukherjee)
29 Jun 2023 6 PM IST Disha Gupta (IGIDR) Pricing Farm Electricity, Water Use and Efficiency: The Case of Paddy Cultivation in Punjab
25 May 2023 6 PM IST Tanu Gupta (ISI Delhi) Caste fractionalization, social expectations, and improved sanitation practices: Evidence from India (joint with Upasak Das, Sania Ashraf, and Cristina Bicchieri)
13 Apr 2023 6 PM IST Pritha Dev (IIM Ahmedabad) Neighborhood composition and Jati Homophily: Evidence from Rural India (joint with Hari K. Nagarajan, Abhishek Tripathy)
16 Mar 2023 6 PM IST Nandana Sengupta (IIT Delhi) In her Shoes: Gendered Labelling in Crowdsourced Safety Perceptions Data
16 Feb 2023 6 PM IST Bharti Nandwani (IGIDR) The Long-Term Effect of British Colonialism on Women Empowerment in India (joint with Punarjit Roychowdhury)
17 Nov 2022 6 PM IST Sutirtha Bandyopadhyay (IIM Indore) Widowhood and Intra-Household Resource Allocation in India (joint with Bipasha Maity)
13 Oct 2022 6 PM IST Anand Shrivastava (APU) Friends in high places: Social connections and distress borrowing during Covid-19 (joint with Girish Bahal and Zaeen de Souza)
22 Sep 2022 6 PM IST Deepti Goel (APU) Did the nation-wide implementation of e-FMS in MGNREGS result in reduced expenditures? A re-examination of the evidence (joint with J.V. Meenakshi and Zaeen de Souza)
18 Aug 2022 6 PM IST Kalyan Kolukuluri (IIM Visakhapatnam) Role of Background Risk and Social Health Insurance in Informal Credit Markets (joint with Jong Kook Shin, Chetan Subramanian and Shailender Swaminathan)
16 Jun 2022 6 PM IST Deepak Singhania (IIT Gandhinagar) Women as teammates: Gender balance in village councils in India
12 May 2022 6 PM IST Sutirtha Sinha Roy (World Bank) Poverty in India Has Declined over the Last Decade But Not As Much As Previously Thought (joint with Roy van der Weide)
14 Apr 2022 6 PM IST Kalyani Raghunathan (IFPRI) Post-program impacts of transfer programs on child development: Experimental evidence from Bangladesh (joint with Akhter Ahmed, Jena Derakhshani Hamadani, Md. Zahidul Hassan, Melissa Hidrobo, John F. Hoddinott, Bastien Koch and Shalini Roy)
24 Mar 2022 6 PM IST Sowmya Dhanaraj (Madras School of Economics) Money and more: Impact of conditional cash plus health advice on ‘untargeted’ child health outcomes in India (joint with Vidya Mahambare and Vibhu Jain)
24 Feb 2022 6 PM IST Purushottam Mohanty (Good Business Lab) Decentralization and Development: Evidence from District-Splitting (joint with Smit Gade and Saumya Joshi)
18 Nov 2021 6 PM IST Ashwini Deshpande (Ashoka) Dropping Out, Being Pushed out or Can’t Get In? Decoding Declining Labour Force Participation of Indian Women (joint with Jitendra Singh). [Recording.]
21 Oct 2021 6 PM IST Shreya Biswas (BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus) What’s the worth of a promise? Evaluating the longer-term indirect effects of a program to reduce early marriage in India (joint with Upasak Das)
23 Sep 2021 6 PM IST Rashmi Barua (JNU) Gender Disparities in the Prevalence of Undernutrition in India: The Unexplored Effects of Drinking Contaminated Water (joint with Khushboo Aggarwal)
12 Aug 2021 6 PM IST Ritika Jain (CDS) Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on the profitability of firms in India (joint with Rajnish Kumar)
17 Jun 2021 6 PM IST Subrato Banerjee (IIT Bombay) Fairness is flexible: A study of competing focal points (joint with Priyanka Kothari and Prabal Roy Chowdhury)
13 May 2021 6 PM IST Rahul Singh (Ahmedabad University) Creditor Rights and Product Innovation: Evidence from India (joint with Tanya Jain and Chetan Subramanian)
15 Apr 2021 6 PM IST Aditi Bhowmick (Development Data Lab) and Sutanuka Roy (Australian National University) Symposium on bias in Indian judiciary: Ash et. al. 2021 and Bharti and Roy 2021
11 Mar 2021 5 PM IST Anirban Mukherjee (University of Calcutta) Family culture and women’s wage: a study on Indian labor market (joint with Sukanya Sarkhel)
18 Feb 2021 5 PM IST Oindrila Dey (IIFT Kolkata) Conditionality Matters: A Samaritan’s Dilemma with In-Kind Transfers Targeting Educational Attainment (joint with Somdeep Chatterjee)
21 Jan 2021 4 PM IST Kanika Mahajan (Ashoka) Words Matter: Gender, Jobs and Applicant Behavior (joint with Sugat Chaturvedi and Zahra Siddiqui)
21 Nov 2020 5 PM IST Surbhi Kesar (APU) Economic Transition, Dualism, and Informality in India: Nature and Patterns of Household-level Transitions
17 Oct 2020 5 PM IST Kanishka Kacker (ISI Delhi) Identifying the Effect of Coal Plants on Air Pollution (joint E. Somanathan and Sagnik Dey and Rishabh Choudhary)
12 Sep 2020 5 PM IST Anindya Chakrabarti (IIM Ahmedabad) Science, Pathogenic Outbreak & Market Structure: Evidence from the 2010 NDM-1 Superbug Discovery & Indian Antibiotics Market (joint with Mayank Aggarwal and Chirantan Chatterjee)

Weekly edition

The weekly edition of SAMVAADs (conducted between May and July 2020) were held on Friday mornings from 10 AM to 11:15 AM IST.

Date Speaker Paper
Jul 24 Kaushal Kishore (IISER, Bhopal) Dynamic Tax Competition, Home Bias and the gain from Non-preferential Taxation Regimes: A case for unilateral commitment
Jul 17 Prasenjit Sarkhel (University of Kalyani) Does More Schooling Imply Improved Learning? Evidence from a Conditional Cash Transfer Program in India (joint with Upasak Das)
Jul 10 Abhishek Dureja (IGIDR) Smoothing Consumption in Times of Sickness: Households Recourse Mechanisms (joint with Digvijay Negi)
Jul 3 Somdeep Chatterjee (IIM Lucknow) Women empowerment and domestic violence: Evidence from a multi-dimensional policy in India (joint with Prashant Poddar)
Jun 26 Dyotona Dasgupta A theory of progressive lending (joint with Dilip Mookherjee)
Jun 19 PKV Kishan (IRMA) Bicycle as a Vehicle of Change? Long Term Evidence from an Innovative Cycle Program in India (joint with Ambrish Dongre)
Jun 12 Renuka Sane (NIPFP) The Effect of Product-Specific Financial Education on Purchase Decision (joint with Olga Balakina, Vimal Balasubmraniam and Aditi Dimri)
Jun 5 Vidhya Soundararajan (IIM Bangalore) Import Competition, Contract Labor, and Informal Firms: Revisiting the Trade and Informality Debate (joint with Pavel Chakraborty and Rahul Singh)
May 29 Prachi Singh (Brookings) Information campaign on water quality and marriage market: The case of arsenic exposure in rural Bangladesh (joint with Shyamal Chowdhury)
May 22 Sugata Bag (DSE) Causes of low labour force participation of married women in India: Conservative culture, spousal education gap and structural factors
May 15 Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (ISI Delhi) Trust Thy Neighbour?: Evidence from Partition of India
May 8 Tanika Chakraborty (IIM Calcutta) Caste, Courts and Business (joint with Sarani Saha, Divya Shukla, Anirban Mukherjee)
May 1 Garima Agarwal (DSE) Improving school attendance for adolescent girls - Evidence from a policy experiment in Delhi’s public schools

Note: There was no talk in December 2020 and December 2021 due to conflicts with winter conferences in India. There was no talk in July 2021 and July 2022 to avoid conflict with SERI’s annual workshop. There was also no talk in Jan 2022 on account of the job market season in India.