Tanika joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2009.

Since August 2011 she is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Prior to joining IIT Kanpur, she worked as a Research Associate at DIW Berlin from August 2009 to August 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.


Published Papers:
“English Language Premium in a Globalizing Economy: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in India”, (with Shilpi Kapur) Economics of Education Review, 50 (2016): 1-16, Springer

“Mother’s Autonomy and Child Welfare - A New Measure and Some New Evidence”, 2015, (with Prabal De) Review of Economics of the Household, DOI: 10.1007/s11150-015-9314-9 Springer

“Trade Liberalization in a Traditional Society: Implications for Relative Female Survival”, 2015, World Development, Volume 74, Pages 158–170, Elsevier

"Court-ship, Kinship and Business: A study on the interaction between the formal and informal institutions and its effect on entrepreneurship", (with Anirban Mukherjee and Sarani Saha), 2015, IZA Journal of Labor & Development 4.1: 1-21, Springer

“Transfer Behaviour in Migrant Sending Communities” (with Bakhrom Mirkasimov, and Susan Steiner), 2014, Journal of Comparative Economics, doi:10.1016/j.jce.2014.09.004, Elsevier

“Kinship Institutions and Sex Ratios in India” (with Sukkoo Kim), 2010, Demography Vol.47, No. 4, pp. 989-1012, Springer



Working Papers:
"School Feeding and Cognitive Skills: Evidence from India’s Midday Meal Program", 2016, (with Raji Jayaraman)

“Stigma of Sexual Violence and Women’s Decision to Work”, 2016, (with Anirban Mukherjee, Swapnika Reddy Rachapalli and Sarani Saha)

"Beyond the Average: Peer Heterogeneity and Intergenerational Transmission of Education" (with Olga Nottmeyer, Simone Schueller & Klaus Zimmermann), 2015, IZA Discussion Paper # 8695

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

"Determination of Optimal Monetary Policy in the Presence of Corruption", 2008