Associate Professor

Dr. Gitanjali Sen

Department of Economics


  1. Economics of Education
  2. Impact studies
  3. Labor and Human development



University of Calcutta


Kalyani University


University of Missouri-Columbia


University of Missouri-Columbia


  • April 2013 – July 2018, Assistant Professor | Shiv Nadar University, UP, India
  • Nov 2011 – Oct 2012, Assistant Professor | Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyd
  • Nov 2007 – July 2011, Fellow | Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
  • June 2005 – Aug 2007, Lead Economist | at Comat Technologies– Bangalore
  • April 2004 – May 2005, Assistant Professor | Jain Group Institution, Bangalore
  • Jan 2004 – April 2004, Consultant | Mega Ace Consultancy, Mumbai
  • Jan 1999 – May 2002, Teaching Assistant | University of Missouri-Columbia, USA

Research Interest

  • Education
  • Health
  • Access to finance
  • Impact studies
  • Labor
Mentoring detail
  • Ongoing PhD: Advisor: 1; Committee member:
  • Masters Thesis completed: Advisor: 2
  • UG Thesis completed: 6

Awards & Fellowships

  • 1999 - 2002: Graduate Teaching Assistantship from University of Missouri-USA


  • American Economic Association
  • Royal Economic Society


  • “How Much Does Having a Bank Account Help the Poor?” Gitanjali Sen* and Sankar De. The Journal of Development Studies, Sep. DOI: 1080/00220388.2017.1355455 (2017)
  • “Access to Higher Education in India: an Exploration of its Antecedents.” Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen*.  Economic and Political Weekly, December 20, (2014)
  • “Parental Education as a Criterion for Affirmative Action in Higher Education,” Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen*, World Development, Elsevier publications, December, (2014).
  • “Affirmative action in Higher Education: Insights from Recent Empirical Research,” Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen. ORF Issue Brief No. 49, New Delhi, (2012).
  • “Who Participates in Higher Education in India? Rethinking the Role of Affirmative Action,” Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen.  Higher Education: A Reader, edited by Jandhyala B G Tilak,  EPW and Orient BlackSwan, part of a UGC- funded project on social sciences, ISBN: 978-81-250-5131-2, (2013).
  • “In Search of Fair Grades,” The Financial Express, Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen, 11 December (2010).
  • “Who Participates in Higher Education in India? Rethinking the Role of Affirmative Action,” Rakesh Basant and Gitanjali Sen. Economic and Political Weekly, 45(39), Sep (2010).
  • “Trade and FDI Related Reforms in the States,” Gitanjali Sen*, Academic Foundation, Delhi, May, ISBN: 9788171888252, (2009).
  • “ICR/OMR Technology – Bettering Lives.” Gitanjali Sen*, T. Gering, S Ramakrishnan, Published by i4d- the monthly magazine for ICT4D, December (2006).
  • “The Luxury of Not Working: Considering the Effects of Poverty and Schooling Returns on Child Labor in Vietnam.” Gitanjali Dutta, Thesis: University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, Dec, (2002).

Ongoing Work

  • Quota-based Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Impact on Other Backward Classes in India (with Rakesh Basant), submitted.
  • Benefits of Integrated Child Development Services: Later Life Evidence (with Gaurav Dhamija), submitted.
  • Lasting impact on health through the lenses of severity in earthquake (with Gaurav Dhamija).
  • Impact of RTE on quality of education (an ASER project).
  • Skill mis-matches and intergenerational persistence (with Gaurav Dhamija).
  • Impact of Conditional Cash Transfer (with Chandan Jain)

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