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Assistant Professor, Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD)

Area of Specialisation
  • Informal sector and informal employment

  • Economics of education

  • Input-Output Analysis

  • Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Academic Qualification
  • M.A. in Economics (2006 from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

  • Ph.D. in Economics (2012) from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.

Award/ Recognition/ Fellowship
  • Nancy and Richard Ruggles Prize (2010) for the paper "Liberalization, Informal Sector and Formal-Informal Sectors' Relationship: a Study of India" from International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW).

  • Participated as a Young Economist in the 5th Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 19th to 23rd August 2014 in Lindau, Germany.

Select Publications

Books

  • Bairagya, I. (2015). "Liberalization and Performance of the Informal Sector: A Study of Indian Economy",  Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group (London and New York) Hardcover 2015, Paperback 2017.

Articles

  • Bairagya, I., T. Bhattacharya & M. Bhattacharjee (2020). “Impact of Credit Accessibility on the Earnings of Self-employed Businesses in India”, Journal of Asian Economics, (Elsevier, indexed in SSCI) (forthcoming).

  • Bhattacharya, T., B. Bhandari & I. Bairagya (2020). “Where Are the Jobs? Estimating Skill-based Employment Linkages across Sectors for the Indian Economy: An Input-Output Analysis”, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Vol. 53, pp. 292-308 (Elsevier, indexed in SSCI).

  • Varughese, A. R., & I. Bairagya (2020). “Group-based educational inequalities in India: Have major education policy interventions been effective?”, International Journal of Educational Development, Vol. 73, 102159 (Elsevier, indexed in SSCI).

  • Bairagya, I. (2020). ‘Returns to Education in Self-Employment in India: A Comparison Across Different Selection Models’. WIDER Working Paper 2020/5. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

  • Bairagya, I., T. Bhattacharya & S. Mukherjee (2019). “What do socio-economic characteristics and determinants imply for Female Labour Force Participation Rate in Karnataka?”, Aathika Charche: FPI Journal of Economics & Governance, Vol 4, No. 2., pp. 53-69.

  • Bairagya, I. & B. Joy (2019). “Assessing Quality of Higher Education: An Empirical Study of Commerce Graduates, Kerala State”, ISEC Working paper No. 463.

  • Bairagya, I. and R. Mukerji (2019). “Impact of Non-Cognitive Skills on Cognitive Learning Outcomes: A Study of Elementary Education in India”, ISEC Working paper No. 452.

  • Bairagya, I (2018). "Why is Unemployment Higher among Educated?", Economic and Political Weekly (Special Article), Vol. 53, Issue No. 7, PP. 43-51.

    • Media citations of the above article:
      Livemint, February 24, 2018
      The Week, May 06, 2018

  • Bhattacharya, T., M. Rajeev & I. Bairagya (2018). “Are High Linked Sectors More Productive in India?: An Analysis under an Input-Output Framework”, Indian Economic Review, Vol. 53, Issue No. 1-2, pp. 333-367 (Springer).

  • Bairagya, I. & R. Saraf. (2017). “Elementary Education in India: A Study of Accessibility and Quality”, in P. Agrawal (ed.), Sustaining High Growth in India. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.

  • Kambara, C. & I. Bairagya (2017). Earnings and Investment Differentials between Migrants and Natives: A Study of Street Vendors in Bangalore City, ISEC Working Paper No. 393.

  • Gayathri, K. & I. Bairagya (2016). “Funding for Social Science Research: Government Sources”, in S. Thorat and S. Verma (ed.), Social Science Research in India: Status, Issues and Policies. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • Bairagya, I. (2016). "Gaps in the National Sample Survey (NSS) Data: Need for and ways to Bridge them for Economic Studies", Artha Vijnana, Vol. 58, No. 3, PP. 245-248

  • Bairagya, I. (2015). “Socio-economic Determinants of Educated Unemployment in India”, ISEC Working Paper, No. 343.

  • Bairagya, I. (2013). “Sub-contracting and Efficiency of the Informal Sector in India”, Journal of Developing Areas, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 341-361.

  • Bairagya, I. (2012). “Employment in India's Informal Sector: Size, Patterns, Growth and Determinants”, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 593-615 (Routledge- Taylor & Francis).

  • Bairagya, I. and S. Chakrabarti (2011). “Social Cost-Benefit Analysis: A Case Study of Pollution Intensive Industries”, Indian Economic Journal, Vol. 58, No. 4, pp. 128-148.

  • Bairagya, I. (2011). “Distinction between Informal and Unorganized Sector: A Study of Total Factor Productivity Growth for Manufacturing Sector in India” Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol. 3, No. 5, pp. 296-310.

  • Bairagya, I. (2008). “Contribution and Growth of Unorganized Sector: Data and Measurement Issues in National Accounts Statistics”, The Journal of Income and Wealth, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 27-43.

  • Bairagya, I. (2009). “Sustainable Industrialisation: A Case Study of Impact on Income and Employment” in Prankrishna Pal (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Development Economics: Models and Applications, pp. 257-289. New Delhi: Regal Publications, 2009.

Other Publications

  • Bairagya, I. (2018). "Postmatric Scolarship Programme for Minority Community Students for College Studies", in Abdul Aziz (ed.) "Education Promotion Efforts of the Directorate of Minority Welfare in Respect of Minorities", Directorate of Minorities, Ministry of Welfare Department, Government of Karnataka, pp. 22-31. Available in
    https://gokdom.kar.nic.in/Documents/Downloads/Education%20Promotion.pdf

  • Gayithri, K. and I. Bairagya, (May, 2018). “Source of Funding for Social Science Research in India: Flows, Adequacy and Priorities”, Policy Brief No. 18, Institute for Social and Economic Change.

  • Bairagya, I. and M. Birua (2013). Employment Intensity of Output: An Analysis of Non Agriculture Sectors - Transport, Storage and Communication Sector, IAMR Report No. 15/2013, Institute of Applied manpower Research, Planning Commission, Government of India

Sponsored Research Projects Completed

  1. Project titled "Inequality in Quality of Primary Education: An Analysis across Regions, Gender and Social Groups", funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

  2. Project titled "Nature, Extent and Implications of Diploma Disease in India", funded by Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC).

  3. Co-coordinator (With Prof. K. Gayathri) of a project on “Sources of Funding for Social Science Research in India: Flows, Adequacy and Priorities”, funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

  4. Project titled "Educated Unemployment in India: Causes, Consequences and Remedies", funded by Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC).

  5. Project titled “Monitoring of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Mid Day Meal (MDM) Programme in Karnataka”, funded by Government of India (Co-investigator, with Dr. K. S. Umamani and Dr. M. Lingaraju).

Sponsored Research Projects -On-going
  • "Role of Skill Development for Promotion of Rural Non-farm Self-employment in India", funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) under IMPRESS scheme.

  • "Promoting Leadership Skills among the Children in Government Schools: Impact of Young Instructor Leaders Program, Agastya Foundation", funded by Agastya International Foundation, Bangalore (with S. Manasi and Channamma Kambara).

Conference/workshop/training programme conducted
  1. Conducted a one-day workshop on “Using NSSO and ASI Data” on 1st January, 2020 during the Research Week at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

  2. Co-coordinator (with Prof. K. Gayathri) of the Executive Education Programme on Public Policy and Governance, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 7th January to 2nd February 2019.

  3. Conducted a one-day workshop on “NSSO and ASI Datasets” at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore on 16th August 2018.

  4. Co-coordinator (with Prof. Meenakshi Rajeev) of the Development Convention 2018 on ‘India at Seventy: New Development Challenges’, at ISEC, 24-25 April, 2018.

  5. Co-coordinator (with Prof. Meenakshi Rajeev) of the Conference on 'India, China And The New World Order: Economic, Social, Political And Cultural Dimensions', as a part of collaborative research activities between Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) and Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) at ISEC, Bangalore, November 21-22, 2016

  6. Coordinated a two-week Certificate Course in Methods and Applications in social Science Research (CCMASSR) from 26th September to 7th October, 2016 at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

  7. An organizing committee member to conduct the 6th Annual Conference International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) in collaboration with Azim Premji University (APU) and Institute for Social and Economic Change, at Azim Premji University, Bangalore from 14th – 16th December, 2015.

  8. Coordinated a two-week Certificate Course in Methods and Applications in social Science Research (CCMASSR) from 26th October to 6th November, 2015 at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

Inaugural speech/ special lecture/panel discussant
  1. An invited panelist for a panel discussion on "Union Budget 2020-21” at Bangalore Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE), Bangalore on 15th of February, 2020.

  2. Chaired a ADBI special session: Financial Development-3 on 30th May 2019 at the “7th Seminar on Asia and Pacific Economies” held at Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.

  3. Delivered a public lecture on ‘Missing Link between Education and Labour Market’ in the Bangalore Social Sciences Forum, The National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore on 28th May, 2018.

  4. Co-chaired in the session “Economic Status of Persons with Disabilities” in two-day national seminar on “Person with Disabilities and their Socio-Economic Status in India” organised by Population Research Centre, at ISEC during 28-29 June, 2018.

  5. Chaired a session on “Education and social inequality 3: Composite roots” in the 6th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) at Azim Premji University, Bangalore on 15th December, 2015.

  6. An invited panelist for a panel discussion on "Education and Labour Market in India" in the 6th Annual International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) at Azim Premji University, Bangalore on 15th December, 2015.

  7. Delivered inaugural speech on “Globalization and Informalization”, in OIKONOMIKA 2014, organized by Post Graduate Department of Economics of St. Josephs Post Graduate and Research Centre, Bangalore, India on 24th February, 2014.

  8. An invited panelist in the round-table discussion on “Rural Non-Farm Livelihood Sector” organized by Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore and CUTS international, Jaipur on 5th December, 2013 at Bangalore, India.

  9. A panelist in the discussion on “Economic Challenges Before the New NDA Government”, at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India on 25th July, 2014.

PAPER PRESENTATION

International Conferences

  1. Paper titled ‘Returns to Education in Self-Employment in India: An Application of Double-Selection Model with Endogeneity’ presented at the WIDER Development Conference on “Transforming economies for better jobs”, jointly organized by the United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), during 11-13 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

  2. Presented a paper titled “Impact of Financial Accessibility on the Growth of the Self-employed Businesses in India” at the “7th Seminar on Asia and Pacific Economies” held at Xi’an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, Suzhou, China during 31st May-1st June 2019.

  3. Presented a paper titled "Returns to Education in Self-employment: A Comparative Study of India and China" in the conference on 'Economic Growth in India and China: Social and Economic Impacts' organized by ISEC and Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, during 27-28 September, 2018 at ISEC, Bengaluru.

  4. Presented a paper titled “Parents to Son, why not from Parents to Daughter? Intergenrational Transfers of Educational Years and Streams in India” in ‘Fourth International Conference on South Asian Economic Development’, organized by Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi, on February 22-23, 2018.

  5. Presented paper on ‘Does Earnings Differentials Exist between Migrants and Natives in Self-Employed Businesses? A Study of Indian Economy’ at the UNU-WIDER Development Conference on ‘Migration and Mobility’ organised by the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in collaboration with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) on 5-6 October 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

  6. Presented paper on “When can Women have a Career and Children together? A Comparative Analysis of India and China” in the Joint International Conference organized by SASS and ISEC at Chengdu, China, September 13-14, 2017 (with Tulika Bhattacharya).

  7. Presented paper on “Measuring Quality of Higher Education: A Study of Commerce Graduates in Kerala State” in the International Conference on ‘Inclusive Quality Education: Towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Lessons from Kerala Model’ organized by Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) at India International Centre, New Delhi, June 17-18, 2017 (with Bino Joy).

  8. Presented paper on “Unemployment among Educated Youths: A Comparative Analysis of China and India” in the conference on 'India, China And The New World Order: Economic, Social, Political And Cultural Dimensions', as a part of collaborative research activities between Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) and Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) at ISEC, Bangalore, November 21-22, 2016.

  9. Paper titled 'Functional Income Distribution to Personal Income Distribution: An Analysis of Impact of Liberalization on Indian Economy' presented at the 21st International Input-Output Conference organized by International Input-Output Association from July 9 - 12, 2013 at Kitakyushu, Japan.

  10. Paper titled "Determinants of Informal Sector Employment and Level of Development: A study of Indian Economy" for the conference on 'Labour and Employment' organized by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research on September 5-6, 2013 at IGIDR, Film City Road, Goregoan East, Mumbai.

  11. "Liberalization, Informal Sector and Formal-Informal Sectors’ Relationship: a Study of India" in the 31st General Conference organized by International Association for Research in Income and wealth, 22-28th August, at St. Gallen, Switzerland.

  12. "Employment in India’s Informal Sector: Size, Patterns, Growth and Determinants" in the international conference on ‘The Informal Sector and Informal Employment: Statistical Measurement, Economic Implications and Public policies’ organized by the VASS (Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences), 6-7th May, 2010, at Hanoi, Vietnam.

  13. "Sub-contracting, Market Certainty and Efficiency of the Informal Sector in India" in the 9th Annual International Consortium of Students in Management Research organized by Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 5-6 November, 2009, at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

  14. "Informal Sector in India: Contribution, growth and efficiency" in the international conference on ‘Measuring the Informal Economy in Developing countries’ organized by International Association for Research in Income and wealth and South Asian Institute of Management, 23-26th September, 2009, at Kathmandu, Nepal.

National Conferences
  1. Presented a paper titled “Earnings in Street Vending: Does it differ between Migrants and Natives?”, 20th IASSI Annual Conference, during 27-29 February 2020, at Institute for Social Economic and Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, India (with Channamma Kambara).

  2. Presented a paper titled “Intergenerational Transfers of Education in India: Does Gender Discrimination Exist?”, in the Development Convention 2018 on “India At Seventy: New Development Challenges”, at ISEC, 24-25 April, 2018.

  3. Presented a paper on “Effectiveness of Post-Matric Scholarship for Minorities’ College Education in Karnataka” in one-day state level seminar on ‘Educational Promotional Efforts of the Government of Karnataka in respect of Minorities’ on 10th July, 2018 at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

  4. "Determinants of Educated Unemployment in India" National Seminar on Youth Employment in India: Trends, Challenges and Policy Responses, 30th and 31st of January 2015 at RGNIYD, Tamil Nadu.

  5. "Data Challenges for Indian Economy" presented in the conference on Official Statistical Systems on 15th November, 2014 at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune.

  6. "Elementary Education in India: A Study of Accessibility and Quality" presented in the workshop on “Policies for Sustaining High Growth Rates in India, at Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 19-20th August, 2014 (with Radhika Saraf, co-author).

  7. "Contribution and Growth of Unorganized Sector: Data and Measurement Issues in National Accounts Statistics" in the conference on ‘National Income and Wealth’ organized by Indian Association for Research in National Income and Wealth, 27-29th November, 2008, at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India.

  8. "Sustainable Industrialisation: A Case Study of Impact on Income and Employment" in the symposium/workshop on ‘Development Economics’ organized under the UGC ASIHSS Programme at the Dept. of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, January 30-31, 2007.

  9. Sixth Development Convention on ‘Transformation, Transition or Stagnation? Understanding Change in a Globalising Economy’ held at MIDS, Chennai, 22-24th February, 2007.

  10. Two-Day UGC sponsored seminar on ‘Contemporary Issues in Development Economics’ organized by the Dept. of Economics, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, March 8-9, 2007.

  11. ICFAI Business School on ‘Doctoral Theses Conference’, Hyderabad, March 9-10, 2007.

Membership Professional Association/Bodies

  1. International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (from 2009).

  2. Indian Association for Research in National Income and Wealth (Life member).

  3. International Input-Output Association (from 2013).

  4. Member, Research Committee, Sir M V Economic Research Centre, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (2019- onwards).

  5. Member, Board of Studies (M.A., B.A. and B.Sc. Economics), Department of Economics, St. Joseph College, Bangalore (2019- onwards).

  6. Member, Board of Studies (B.A.-Economics), Department of Economics, St. Joseph College, Bangalore (2016 & 2017).

Previous Professional Affiliation
  • May, 2013 to till date: Assistant Professor, Centre for Human Resource Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India.

  • August, 2012 to May, 2013: Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences at Guwahati Campus.

  • November, 2011 to August, 2012: Young Professional, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, the only research institute under Planning Commission, Government of India.

Dr. Indrajit Bairagya
Assistant Professor
Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD)
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Nagarabhavi P.O. Bangalore 560072, India.
Tel: Office 080-23215468, 23215519 (Ext.- 556)
Fax: 080-23217008
Email: indrajit@isec.ac.in, indrajitisec@gmail.com

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