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.

Upcoming SAMVAADs

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Date Time Speaker(s) Paper
Jan 2022 6 PM IST Samarth Gupta Public Sector Procurement and Spillover on Private Sector: Evidence from Indian Pharmaceutical Industry (joint with Chirantan Chatterjee)

Note: There is no talk in Dec 2022 to avoid conflict with the winter conferences in India.



Monthly edition

Date Time Speaker Paper
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. There was no talk in July 2021 to avoid conflict with SERI’s annual workshop.