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Somdeep Chatterjee
Assistant Professor
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Phone No.: 
+91-33-2467-8300 Extn. 2028
Contact Details: 
M-105, New Academic Block (NAB) Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Diamond Harbour Road Joka, Kolkata 700104 Direct: +91-33-71212028
Personal Details: 
Somdeep Chatterjee is an applied microeconomist by training. His research interests are in the fields of empirical issues in development economics with particular focus on the economics of education, labor, health, gender and human capital in general. Other than these, he takes keen interest in topics in political economy of development such as public policy implementation, electoral behavior as well as behavioral economics perspectives on public institution efficacies. He has experience of teaching courses on Indian Economy, Managerial Economics, Behavioral Economics, Applied Econometrics as well as Economics of Human Capital. He is a fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). His research has appeared in journals like the Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, World Development, Journal of Human Capital, Public Choice etc.
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Academic Background: 
PhD in Economics; University of Houston (TX, USA) - 2016 MA in Economics; Jadavpur University - 2011 BA (Hons) in Economics; Jadavpur University - 2009
Courses Taught: 
IIM Calcutta 1. India and the World Economy (MBA - core) IIM Lucknow 1. Managerial Economics (MBA - core) 2. Indian Economy (MBA - core) 3. Behavioural Economics and Management (MBA - elective) 4. Economics of Labor Markets and Human Capital Investments (MBA - elective) 5. Policy Evaluation Techniques - Theory and Methods (PhD - elective) 6. Empirical Issues in Labor and Education Economics (PhD - elective) FLAME University 1. Development Economics (UG - Senior Level) 2. Principles of Behavioral Economics (UG - Sophomore level) University of Houston 1. Intermediate Microeconomics (UG - Junior level) 2. Principles of Microeconomics (UG - Sophomore level)
Best Business Environment Elective at IIM Lucknow for the course, "Behavioral Economics & Management" - 2018, 2019, 2020


Consulting Interests: 
Interested in the following areas: 1. Impact Assessment 2. Development Policy 3. Behavioral Economics and Nudges 4. Human Capital Issues: Labor, Education and Healthcare
Work Experience: 
Employment Details: December 2021 - present: Assistant Professor, Economics Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta December 2016 - August 2016: Assistant Professor, Business Environment Area, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow Other Appointments October 2021 - November 2021: Lecturer in Development Economics, University of Manchester June 2016 - November 2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, FLAME University August 2014 - May 2016: Instructor/Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Houston August 2012 - May 2014: Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, University of Houston
Current Projects: 
1. External Investigator on a School of Social Sciences (SOSS) Research Support Grant at the University of Manchester, UK (PI: Prof Katsushi Imai) - GBP 9,000
Past Projects: 
1. Co-PI on funded research project titled, "Estimating the Efficacy of Art-Integrated Learning Pedagogy: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in India" (joint with Josie Chen of National Taiwan University and Chon-Kit Ao of National Cheng Kung University) - USD 7500 2. Project Leader - Impact Assessment of SHIKSHA Initiative - A Consultancy project conducted for Shiv Nadar Foundation


Journal Publications: 
1. How hard did that sting? Estimating the economic costs of locust attacks on agricultural production , Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy , forthcoming 2. "Long-Term Labor Market Consequences of Costly Signalling: Evidence from a Natural Experiment" (with Jai Kamal), Journal of Human Capital, Vol 15 (4), Winter 2021 3. "None of the Above: Protest Voting in the World's Largest Democracy" (with Gergely Ujhelyi and Andrea Szabo), Journal of the European Economic Association , Vol 19 (3), 2021 {For a summarized blog on this research, visit the IGC page.} 4. From Safe Motherhood to Cognitive Ability: Exploring Intra-Household and Inter-Generational Spillovers (with Prashant Poddar), Economica , Vol 88 (352), 2021 [An Earlier Version appeared as a Discussion Paper: GLO DP 332] 5. Voting for the Underdog or Jumping on the Bandwagon? Evidence from India's Exit Poll Ban (with Jai Kamal), Public Choice, Vol 188 (3-4), 2021 6. Is there Political Elite Capture in Access to Energy Sources? Evidence from Indian Households (with Debdatta Pal), World Development, Vol 140 (April), 2021 7. From Better Schools to Better Nourishment: Evidence from a School Building Program in India, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Vol 10 (1), 2020 8. The Curious Case of Farmer Credit Cards: Higher Output with No Increase in Borrowing, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol 19(1), 2019. {Summarized versions of this research were featured in the Business Standard newspaper and Ideas for India portal in English and Hindi. The Editorial Page of Bengali Newspaper Ananda Bazar Patrika also carried a vernacular summary.} 9. "Getting Girls to Schools! Assessing the Impacts of a Targeted Program on Enrollment and Academic Performance", The B. E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol 17(1), 2017 10. "The Role of the Firm in Worker Wage Dispersion: An Analysis of the Ghanaian Manufacturing Sector", IZA Journal of Labor and Development, Vol 5 (16), 2016
PAPERS PRESENTED Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development (ACEGD) at ISI Delhi (December 2021) Asian and Australasian Society of Labor Economics (AASLE) Conference (December 2021) Invited Seminar - UNU WIDER (December 2021) Invited Seminar - University of Groningen (May 2021) Invited Seminar - ADRI Patna (July 2021) Invited Seminar - CMHS at IIM Ahmedabad (December 2020) Invited Seminar - Bhawanipur Education Society College (July 2020) Seminar in Applied Microeconomics - Virtual Assembly and Discussion (SAMVAAD), Webinar (July 2020) American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meetings, San Diego, California (January 2020) Asian And Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE) Conference 2019-20, National University of Singapore (December 2019) Invited Presentation, Society for Economic Research (SERI) 2019, IIT Kanpur (July 2019) Invited Seminar, Dept of Economics, FLAME University, Pune (January 2019) International Conference on Public Finance and Public Policy, Center for Training and Research in Public Finance and Policy, Kolkata (January 2019) UGC-DSA Conference, Dept of Economics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata (December 2018) 27th Annual Conference on Contemporary Issues in Development Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (December 2017) Forum of Development Economics Kolkata (FDEK) Conference, Calcutta University (March 2017) Invited Seminar, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (February 2017, February 2016) Invited Seminar, Economics and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi (February 2016) Winter School. Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi (December 2015) 11th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi (December 2015) University of Houston Empirical Microeconomics Seminar Series, Houston (October 2015) 25th Annual Conference on Contemporary Issues in Development Economics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata (December 2015) Stata Texas Empirical Microeconomics Conference - Poster Session, Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas (October 2015) Invited Seminar at the Economic Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata (May 2015) 52nd Annual Conference of the Public Choice Society in San Antonio, TX (March 2015) University Grants Commission – Center for Advanced Studies (UGC-CAS) National Seminar at Utkal University (Bhubaneshwar, March 2011) National Seminar on Prospects and Challenges for Rural Economic Development (Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan, March 2011) Graduate Student Workshop, University of Houston (multiple dates) Graduate Student Brown Bag Sessions, University of Houston (multiple dates)
Working Papers 1. Women's Empowerment and Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from a Multidimensional Policy in India (with Prashant Poddar), Revise and Resubmit at Economic Development and Cultural Change 2. Passing the Buck! - Do Individual Biases affect Measures of Confidence in Public Institutions, Revise and Resubmit at Oxford Economic Papers 3. Conditionality Matters - A Samaritan's Dilemma with In-Kind Transfers Targeting Educational Attainment (with Oindrila Dey) 4. "The Effects of Political Reservations on Credit Access and Borrowing Composition: New Evidence from India" (with Chon-Kit Ao) GLO Discussion Paper No: 227, Global Labor Organization, Maastricht 5. (En-) 'lightening' Children: Assessing the Impacts of Access to Electricity on Children's Achievement Levels (with Shiv Hastawala and Jai Kamal) 6. Marketing Government Policies through Emotional Nudges: Theory and Experimental Evidence (with Prashant Poddar, Indranil Biswas and Fuzail Ahmad) 7. Effect of Leadership and Contract Sequence on Three-echelon Supply Chain Coordination (with Anupam Agrawal, Indranil Biswas and Rohit Gupta) 8. Does Increased Credibility of Elections Lead to Higher Political Competition? Evidence from India (with Mehreen Mookerjee, Manini Ojha and Sanket Roy)
Books/Book Chapters: 
1. "Asymmetric Information, Non-cooperative Games and Impatient Agents: Modeling the Failure of Environmental Awareness Campaigns." (with Asim Karmakar) Analytical Issues in Trade, Development and Finance -(Ghosh, A.N and Karmakar, A.K) eds; Springer India, 2014 2. ``Role of Public Capital in Rural India: Identifying the Bottlenecks of Welfare." (with Rituparna Dey Rural Development in India: Challenges and Prospects" - (Ghosh, M and Chattopadhyay A.K) eds; Serials Publications, 2013
Research Interests: 
1. Development Economics 2. Economics of Education 3. Labor Economics 4. Political Economy