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Subha Mani
Fordham University
smani@fordham.edu
Subha Mani is an Assistant Professor of economics and a Research Associate at the Center for International Policy Studies at Fordham University. Subha also holds a Research Affiliate position at the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She has her B.A. (honors) degree in economics from Delhi University, a Masters degree in economics from Mumbai University and a Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Southern California. Her areas of specialisation are development economics, applied econometrics, applied microeconomics and field experiments. Subha’s main area of interest is human capital accumulation. Her work investigates issues including - causes of chronic malnourishment, potential for catch-up in health and education, policies that foster catching up, and the interrelationship between early life nutrition and interventions on later life outcomes. Her work also quantifies the economic and social returns from participating in vocational education programmes in developing countries. Subha has conducted fieldwork in India. Her scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of African Economies and Economic and Political Weekly. Her research has received funding from Fordham University, Monash University, Indian School of Business, International Growth Center – India, 3ie Impact Evaluation, and Grand Challenges Canada.
 

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How has MNREGA impacted the lives of women and children in India?
Posted On: 15 Mar 2016


In this article, Subha Mani, Professor of Economics at Fordham University, summarises evidence that shows that MNREGA has mostly positively impacted the lives of women and children in India.

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Do wives care more about household welfare than husbands?
Posted On: 24 Feb 2014

Topics:   Gender
Tags:   consumption

Social science literature shows that women promote household welfare more than men. This column examines if consumption choices of husbands and wives change, depending on whether they have to work to earn the money that they are spending. It is found that wives’ preferences for joint household consumption remain largely independent of whether they work to earn the money, or receive it without working.
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Choosing to be trained: Behavioural restrictions on participation decisions
Posted On: 02 Sep 2013

Topics:   Jobs
Tags:   training

Widespread unemployment has prompted policymakers to consider introduction of various training programmes that can help workers accumulate additional skills to obtain new jobs and/ or retain current ones. However, these programmes can only help if targeted individuals take up such opportunities. This column argues that participation in short-term skill-building courses is not just limited by economic factors but is also influenced by intrinsic characteristics such as attitudes towards risk and competition.
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Vocational education: A means to an end?
Posted On: 15 Jul 2013

Topics:   Jobs
Tags:   training

Youth underemployment, especially among less educated populations perpetuates poverty. Despite the importance of youth unemployment, there is little knowledge on how to create smooth school-to-work transition and or how to improve the human capital of those who can no longer be sent back to school. This column presents evidence supporting positive returns from having access to and completing a vocational training course for women residing in low-income households in New Delhi.
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