Tanika joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2009.

She is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Prior to joining IIM Calcutta, Tanika was at IIT Kanpur from 2011-2017 and at DIW Berlin from 2009-2011. She completed her PhD in Economics from Washington University in St Louis in May 2009.

Her research interests include Development Economics, Labor Economics, Institutions and Gender.

“Sustainability of loan waiver programs in India.” 2020; (with Aarti Gupta); [Book Chapter] Contemporary Issues in Sustainable Development: The Case of India, 378, Taylor & Francis.

“Contemporary Issues in Sustainable Development: The Case of India.” 2020; (with Deep Mukherjee, and Sarani Saha), [Edited Volume], Taylor & Francis.

"Formal Contract Enforcement and Entrepreneurial Success of the Marginalized" 2020; (with Reema Kumari, Sarani Saha & Anirban Mukherjee); [Book Chapter] Opportunities and Challenges in Development, 171-195, Springer

"School Feeding and Learning Achievement: Evidence from India's Midday Meal Program" 2019; (with Raji Jayaraman); Journal of Development Economics, 139, 249-265

"Beyond the average: Ethnic capital heterogeneity and intergenerational transmission of education" 2019; (with Simone Schueller & Klaus Zimmermann); Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization,163, 551-569

"Stigma of sexual violence and women's decision to work"
2018; (with Anirban Mukherjee, Swapnika Reddy Rachapalli & Sarani Saha); World Development, 103, 226-238

"Mother's autonomy and child's secondary schooling enrollment in Mexico" 2017; (with Prabal De); Review of Economics of the Household, 15(3), 1037-1053

"English language premium: Evidence from a policy experiment in India" 2016; (with Shilpi Kapur); Economics of Education Review, 50, 1-16

"Trade liberalization in a traditional society: implications for relative female survival" 2015; World Development, 74, 158-170

"Court-ship, kinship and business: a study on the interaction between the formal and the informal institutions and its effect on entrepreneurship" 2015; (with Anirban Mukherjee and Sarani Saha); World Development, 4(1), 7

"Transfer behavior in migrant sending communities" 2015; (with Bakhrom Mirkasimov & Susan Steiner); Journal of Comparative Economics, 43(3), 690-705

"Kinship Institutions and Sex Ratios in India" 2010; (with Sukkoo Kim); Demography, 47(4), 989-1012

Working Papers:

Temporary International Migration, Shocks and Informal Insurance: Analysis using panel data, 2021, (with Manish Pandey)

Women, Violence and Work: Threat of Sexual Violence and Women’s Decision to Work, 2021, (with Nafisa Lohawala)

Caste, Courts and Business, 2019, (with Anirban Mukherjee, Sarani Saha and Divya Shukla)

Efficacy of Farm Loan Waivers, 2018, (with Aarti Gupta)

"Caste, kinship and sex ratios in India", (with Sukkoo Kim), 2008, NBER WP No. w13828.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8695
revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019, 163, 551–569. [Abstract & Download]
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7406
Tanika Chakraborty, Bakhrom Mirkasimov, Susan Steiner
published in: Journal of Comparative Economics, 2015, 43(3), 690–705