Tanika Chakraborty

IIM Calcutta, India, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, Economics Group, IIM Calcutta, India

Research interest

Labor economics, development economics, economics of education, gender

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Expert in the Minimum Wage Committee of the Government of India (2021)

Past positions

Assistant Professor, IIM Calcutta (June 2017–April 2019); Assistant Professor, IIT Kanpur (August 2011–May 2017), Research Associate, DIW Berlin (August 2009–August 2011)


PhD Economics, Washington University, St Louis, 2009

Selected publications

  • "Beyond the average: Ethnic capital heterogeneity and intergenerational transmission of education." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 163 (2019): 551–569 (with S. Schueller and K. F. Zimmermann).

  • "School feeding and learning achievement: Evidence from India’s midday meal program." Journal of Development Economics 139 (2019): 249–265 (with R. Jayaraman).

  • "Stigma of sexual violence and women’s decision to work." World Development 103 (2018): 226–238 (with A. Mukherjee, S. Reddy Rachapalli, and S. Saha).

  • "English language premium in a globalizing economy: Evidence from a policy experiment in India." Economics of Education Review 50 (2016): 1–16 (with S. Kapur).

  • "Formal contract enforcement and entrepreneurial success of the marginalized." In: Opportunities and Challenges in Development. Springer, 2019 (with R. Kumari, A. Mukherjee, and S. Saha).