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Sonia R. Bhalotra
Research Fellow

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Bhalotra Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. Until July 2013, she was Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol.

She is a member of the Council of the European Society of Population Economics, the International Review Panel of the Danish Council for Independent Research, the Advisory Board (inaugural member) of Academics Stand Against Poverty (Yale) and the British Academy Area Panel for South Asia. She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2007. She obtained an MPhil and PhD from Oxford and a BSc Hons from Delhi. She currently holds a research award from Grand Challenges Canada in a consortium with UPenn and CDDEP/PHFI (Delhi).

Sonia is interested in the creation of human capital, the long benefits of early life health interventions, the political economy of public service provision, intergenerational mobility and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. She has used micro-macro data from Asia, Africa and Latin America and historical data from America and the Scandinavian countries.

She has provided policy inputs at UNESCO, WHO, the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, UNU/WIDER and the Hewlett Foundation.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
7833  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Atheendar Venkataramani
Cognitive Development and Infectious Disease: Gender Differences in Investments and Outcomes
7771  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Irma Clots-Figueras
Lakshmi Iyer
Path-Breakers: How Does Women's Political Participation Respond to Electoral Success?
7473  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Irma Clots-Figueras
Guilhem Cassan
Lakshmi Iyer
Religion, Politician Identity and Development Outcomes: Evidence from India
(forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization)
6216  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Irma Clots-Figueras
Health and the Political Agency of Women
(forthcoming in: American Economic Journal: Economic Policy)
6194  Richard Akresh
Sonia R. Bhalotra
Marinella Leone
Una O. Osili
War and Stature: Growing Up During the Nigerian Civil War
(published in: American Economic Review, 2012, 102 (3), 273-277)
6041  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Atheendar Venkataramani
The Captain of the Men of Death and His Shadow: Long-Run Impacts of Early Life Pneumonia Exposure
(revise and resubmit at: Journal of Political Economy. Revisions appear on authors' webpages.)
5381  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Tom Cochrane
Where Have All the Young Girls Gone? Identification of Sex Selection in India
5371  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Samantha Rawlings
Intergenerational Persistence in Health in Developing Countries: The Penalty of Gender Inequality?
(Journal of Public Economics, 2011, 95 (3-4), 286-299)
5363  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Poverty and Survival
(Journal of Development Studies, 2012, 48(2), 145-167)
4879  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Marcela Umana-Aponte
The Dynamics of Women's Labour Supply in Developing Countries
(revised version available)
4353  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Samantha Rawlings
Gradients of the Intergenerational Transmission of Health in Developing Countries
(published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95 (2), 660 - 672)
4009  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Christine Valente
Arthur van Soest
The Puzzle of Muslim Advantage in Child Survival in India
(published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2010, 29 (2), 191-204)
3086  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Fatal Fluctuations? Cyclicality in Infant Mortality in India
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2010, 93 (1), 7-19)
2914  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Spending to Save? State Health Expenditure and Infant Mortality in India
(published in: Health Economics, 2007, 16 (9), 911-928)
2488  Wiji Arulampalam
Sonia R. Bhalotra
Persistence in Infant Mortality: Evidence for the Indian States
(published as 'The linked survival prospects of siblings: evidence for the Indian States' in: Population Studies, 2008, 62 (2), 171-190)
2251  Wiji Arulampalam
Sonia R. Bhalotra
Sibling Death Clustering in India: State Dependence vs. Unobserved Heterogeneity
(published in: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), 2006, 169 (4), 829-848)
2163  Sonia R. Bhalotra
Arthur van Soest
Birth Spacing, Fertility and Neonatal Mortality in India: Dynamics, Frailty and Fecundity
(published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2008, 143 (2), 274-290)
IZA Policy Papers:
No. Author(s)
38 Sonia R. Bhalotra
Thomas Pogge
Ethical and Economic Perspectives on Global Health Interventions
(published in Handbook of Global Health Policy, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2013)



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