Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. She obtained an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford and a BSc Hons from Delhi. Her research has made contributions in the areas of health, gender and political economy.

She is currently Principal Investigator on an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council 2021-2026, Co-Investigator ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at ISER Essex 2019-2024, Co-Investigator ESRC Project on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology at the Human Rights Centre Essex 2015-2021 and collaborator on a NIH (and, initially CEDIL) funded project 2020-2025. She is recently leading the Wellbeing Theme at the CAGE Research Centre at Warwick.

She is Fellow of the International Economic Association (2021-), Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (2019-), the Centre for Economic Policy Research CEPR London (2019-), IEPS Brazil (2020-), SFI Denmark (2012-) and Research Associate at IFS London.

Sonia is Associate Editor at the Economic Journal, on the Editorial Board of the Review of Income and Wealth and Senior Editor Oxford Research Encyclopaedia Economics and Finance.

Her work has contributed to understanding skill creation, the long run benefits of early life health interventions (clean water, antibiotics, infant care); maternal and child health including mental health (maternal depression, adolescent mental health), maternal mortality; domestic violence, gender inequality; the political economy of public service provision; accountability and the right to health; implementing universal health coverage; parental investments in children; intergenerational mobility, the gender pay gap and women’s labour force participation, and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. Her research is set, inter alia, in India, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, America, the UK and Sweden.

Sonia has acted as Keynote or Panelist in both academic and policy conferences on more than 25 occasions in the last few years- including a British Academy debate on global inequalities, the gender equality panel at an SDG financing event at the European Investment Bank, an OECD Panel on gender pay gaps, an Academy of Social Science event celebrating Women in Social Science, and a Swedish National Child Healthcare Conference

She is on the Women in Economics Committee of the European Economic Association, the Evidence Panel of the Early Intervention Foundation, the International Advisory Boards of Lancet Women, Academics Stand Against Poverty Yale, The Millennium Nucleus for the Study of the Life Course and Vulnerability Santiago Chile, the Goettingen India Centre, a UNICEF network on adolescents in humanitarian crises and the Centre for Development Economics Research at the University of Kent. She has been a Visiting Professor at Oxford, Essen and Gothenburg. She has recently served on Scientific Committees at the WHO, UNICEF, ILO, British Academy, the European Society of Population Economics Council, the International Review Panel of the Danish Research Council and several ESRC committees, and she was a CROP Research Fellow at Bergen.

She has or has had collaborations with academics in Politics, Psychology, Philosophy, Medicine, Law.

Her AER March 2020 paper with Victoria Baranov, Pietro Biroli and Joanna Maselko was covered in AER Research Highlights: And summarised in this Video:

Her daughter Sameera made this video of her 2013 paper on cognitive development and infectious disease:

The IGC/LSE created this video of her paper showing that economic growth improves under women legislators:

Sonia has written several blogs, some of which can be found here:


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15639
published in: K.F. Zimmermann (ed.), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics, Springer Nature, 2023
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15609
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15258
Sonia R. Bhalotra, Manuel Fernández, Fan Wang
revised and resubmitted: Journal of Political Economy
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14958
Sonia R. Bhalotra, Emilia Brito, Damian Clarke, Pilar Larroulet, Francisco J. Pino
forthcoming in: Review of Economics and Statistics
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14543
revised and resubmitted: Review of Economic Studies