Tirthatanmoy Das is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). He earned a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2012. Prior to joining IIMB, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Central Florida from 2014 to 2017, and at Temple University from 2012 to 2014. He also worked at Oxus Research and Investments (New Delhi, India) as an economist from 2003 to 2007.

Das’s research area spans labor economics, econometrics, health economics and behavioral economics. He focuses on interpersonal heterogeneity, government policies and their impact on workers' labor market, and health outcomes. In particular, he studies the role of multidimensional abilities, psychological traits, and government policies in determining workers' education, earnings, occupational choices, and search behavior. His research also includes developmental issues in India where he studies the impact of government policies, and economic reforms on education, health, and labor market outcomes. In short, he analyzes policy oriented human developmental issues in developed, as well in developing economies.

Das's research utilizes structural, as well as reduced form estimations. To perform complex nonlinear structural estimations, he applies algorithms (e.g. genetic algorithm, simulating annealing) used in other disciplines such as computational biology, bio-engineering etc. For the reduced form estimations, he primarily focuses on the empirical identification of the causalities based on data from natural experiments.

Tirthatanmoy Das joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2013.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10922

This paper examines how human capital based approaches explain the distribution of earnings. It assesses traditional, quasi-experimental, and new micro-based structural models, the latter of which gets at population heterogeneity by estimating individual-specific earnings function parameters. The paper finds one's ability to learn and one's ability to retain knowledge are...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10534
forthcoming in: Journal of Econometrics

We derive a non-standard unit root serial correlation formulation for intertemporal adjustments in the labor force participation rate. This leads to a tractable three-error component model, which in contrast to other models embeds heterogeneity into the error structure. Unlike in the typical iid three-error component two-tier stochastic frontier model, our...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8023
published in: Contemporary Economic Policy, 2015, 33 (4), 619-635.

We examine the effect of California Paid Family Leave (CPFL) on young women's (less than 42 years of age) labor force participation and unemployment. CPFL enables workers to take at most six weeks of paid leave over a 12 month period in order to bond with new born or adopted...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7335
Solomon Polachek, Tirthatanmoy Das, Rewat Thamma-Apiroam
published as 'Micro and Macro Implications of Heterogeneity in the Production of Human Capital' in: Journal of Political Economy, 2015, 123(6), 1410-1455

We derive a tractable nonlinear earnings function which we estimate separately for each individual in the NLSY79 data. These estimates yield five important parameters for each individual: three ability measures (two representing the ability to learn and one the ability to earn), a rate of skill depreciation, and a time...