Malcolm & Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust

Prof Brinda Viswanathan

Brinda Viswanathan


Address: Professor, Madras School of Economics (MSE)

Gandhi Mandapam Road, Chennai 600025, India Tel: 91-44-22300304, 0307

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Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India, 1992-1998

Ph.D. awarded in December 1998 after successfully defending thesis titled Some Econometric Issues in Consumer Behaviour Analysis. The thesis analyses the structural changes in consumption pattern in India for the rural and urban sectors separately using National Sample Survey data over a period of forty years.

Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy awarded July 1993 after successful completion of the graduate coursework in Economics.

Master of Science in Statistics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India, 1990 - 1992.

Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Mathematics, University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India, 1986 - 1989.

R E S E A R C H / T E A C H I N G E X P E R I E N C E

Professor at Madras School of Economics, Chennai: December 2017 till date

Associate Professor at Madras School of Economics, Chennai: May 2006 to November 2017

Visiting Faculty at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai: August 2015 to June 2016. (11 months sabbatical leave from MSE)

Associate Professor at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore: May 2005 to May 2006 (One year leave from MSE)

Assistant Professor at Madras School of Economics, Chennai: February 2000-May 2005

Research Associate at Madras School of Economics, Chennai: October 1999 to February 2000

Post-doctoral Fellow at Center for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi: May 1998 to October 1999

A W A R D S / V I S I T I N G F E L L O W S H I P S

Visiting Fellow to Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, April-May 2011 under the International Visitor Fellowship programme of the University.

Sabbatical Fellowship from World Institute for Development Economics Research, (UNU-WIDER) Helsinki, March-June 2004.

Fellowship and eligibility for Lectureship after clearing the NET examination (Statistics) conducted by University Grants Commission and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India in September 1992.


P U B L I C A T I O N S ( 2 0 1 6 - )

“Role of Social and Institutional Factors in Indian Women’s Labour Force Participation and Hours Worked, Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 26:2, 230-251, 2021, co-authored with Jaya Krishnakumar$

“Weather Variability, Agricultural Productivity, and Farmer Suicides in India‟, Climate Change Economics, 12:2, 2150005 (2021) co-authored with Sonal Barve$ and K.S. Kavi Kumar.

“Nutrient Intake of Rural Households That Participated in a Farming System for Nutrition Study in India”, Food and Nutrition Science, 12, 277-289, (2021), co-authored with D. J. Nithya$, S. Raju, R. V. Bhavani, Akshaya Kumar Panda, Rupal D. Wagh

“Diversity in Services Sector Employment in India: Evidence from India Human Development Survey, 2011-12”, Chapter 8 in Shashanka Bhide, V.N. Balasubramanyam and K.L. Krishna (Eds.) Deciphering India's Services Sector Growth, Routledge, forthcoming.

“Undernutrition, Agriculture and Public Provisioning: The Impact on Women and Children in India”, Routledge (UK), 2020, co-edited with Swarna Sadasivam Vepa (first editor)

“Patterns of Access to Microfinance Loans in India”, Review of Development and Change, 24(2) 259– 279, 2019, co-authored with Kanika Rana$.

“Climate and Weather Induced Agricultural Distress and Migration: Characteristics and Evidence”, co-authored with K.S. Kavi Kumar$, and P. Dayakar, Productivity, 60(2), July-September 2019, p. 126-135.

“Predictors of age-specific child mortality for India”, Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, 21st March, 2019, Volume 24, Number 2, 3 April 2019, pp. 270-291 co-authored with G.Naline$

“Estimation of Calorie Norms and Measurement of Food Intakes: Some Implications for the Magnitudes of the Prevalence of Undernutrition in India”, in K. L. Krishna, V. Pandit, K. Sundaram, Pami Dua (eds.) Perspectives on Economic Development and Policy in India, in memory of Prof. Suresh D. Tendulkar, 2017, Springer, co-authored with J. V. Meenakshi$.

“Revisiting the Determinants of Child Anthropometric Indicators in India Using Seemingly Unrelated Regressions Model”, Indian Journal for Human Development, 2017, Vol. 10 (3), 1-17, co- authored with G. Naline$. DOI: 10.1177/0973703017695886

‘Use of Kerosene for Cooking in India: Recent Trends and Environmental Implications’, Review of Development and Change, XXI(1), 65-87, 2016. Co-authored with K. S. Kavi Kumar$.

“Carbon Intensity and Labour Intensity in India” in Environment and Development: Essays in Honour of Dr. U. Sankar, in K. R. Shanmugam and K.S. Kavi Kumar (eds.), Co-authored with Ishwarya Balasubramanian$, Sage Publications, Pvt. Limited, 2016

R E P O R T S , W O R K I N G P A P E R S A N D B O O K R E V I E W S ( 2 0 1 9 - )

“Gender Differences in Double Burden of Malnutrition in India: Quantile Regression Estimates”, Working Paper no. 208/2020, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with Archana Agnihotri$ “Gender Parity in Higher Education Enrolment: Role of Family Networks”, Working Paper no. 207/2021, Madras School of Economics. Kavya Ravindranath$

“Double Burden of Malnutrition in India: Decadal Changes among Adult Men and Women”, Working Paper no. 200/2020, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with Archana Agnihotri.

“Political Cycles in MGNREGs Implementation”, Working Paper no. 187/2019, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with K. Vinay$

“Weather Shocks, Agricultural Productivity and Farmer Suicides in India”, Working Paper no. 185/2019, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with Sonal Barve$ and K. S. Kavikumar.

“Climate Risk and Rural India: Research and Policy Issues”, Working Paper no. 182/2019, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with K. S. Kavikumar$, Anubhab Pattanayak, Ashish Chaturvedi

“Household Choice of Financial Borrowing and Its Source: Multinomial Probit Model with Selection”, Working Paper no. 181/2019, Madras School of Economics. Co-authored with Kanika Rana $

C O M P L E T E D P R O J E C T / C O N S U L T A N C Y S

Consultant for TNHPS (at MIDS, Chennai), 2019

O N G O I N G P R O J E C T S / C O N S U L T A N C Y

IGIDR SPANDAN Grant: Agriculture and Nutrition Linkages; 2021-2022

C O N F E R E N C E / W O R K S H O P P R E S E N T A T I O N S ( 2 0 2 0 - )

“Milk Consumption Pattern of Young Children: A Relook at the Indian Evidence”, IGIDR SPANDAN Project Workshop, 3-4 February, 2022; co-authored with Divya Purohit

“Do Gender Differences in Research Performance Explain the Leaky Pipeline in Indian academia? Some evidence on agricultural and applied economics” ICAE conference, 26th August. 2021 and presented by Sangeeta Bansal co-authored with Sangeeta Bansal$ and J.V. Meenakshi

“Milk Consumption Pattern and Child’s Height-For-Age Z- Score in India”, Workshop on Agriculture and Nutrition, 24-25 June 2021, Organised by IGIDR, Mumbai

“India’s Nutrition and Epidemiological Transition with Implications for Post-COVID Times”, MSE Seminar Series, 4-5th December 2020, Madras School of Economics, Chennai. Co-authored with Archana Agnihotri


Have been teaching courses in Statistical Methods, Econometric Methods, Applied Econometrics, Advances in Time-Series and Panel Data Econometrics, Development Economics, Indian Economic Development and Advanced Econometrics, at post-graduate level at Madras School of Economics, Chennai, from 1999 till date.

Supervising PhD Students

I N V I T E D T A L K S / S P E C I A L L E C T U R E S ( 2 0 2 0 - )

“Social Heterogeneity and Public Goods Provisioning”, 9-2-22, RUSA (2.0), Workshop on Measuring Accessibility to Public Goods in Rural Areas, University of Madras.

“Nature and Importance of Economic Data”, 7-2-22, Data Analysis Using Econometric Models, Workshop organized by Department of Economics, Central University of Thiruvarur.

“Spatial Analysis and Data Visualisation”, 23-10-2021, One day Workshop on Data Analysis for Social Sciences PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore.

“Health Priorities for an Inclusive Post-COVID Economy”, International e-Conference on The Challenges and Rehabilitation Avenues in the Context of Covid-19, organized by Department of Economics (at DDE), Madurai Kamaraj University, 12th-14th, August, 2020, co-authored with Archana Agnihotri.

R E V I E W A C T I V I T I E S / M E M B E R O F C O M M I T T E E S

Dean-Research and Member of Academic Council at Madras School of School of Economics since 2021- Member, Board of Studies at Department of Economics of Loyola College (Chennai) and Annamalai University (Chidambaram) since 2021-.

of Doctoral Committee for PhD students at University of Madras, MIDS and KREA University. Trustee in the board of Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust November 2021-and Member of Programme Advisory Committee of the Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust, Chennai 2011-

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