Vegard Iversen

Vegard Iversen


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I am a microeconomist with a Phd from University of Cambridge. For the last decade I have been based in India, mainly in Delhi, but from June 2017 in Ahmedabad which is also known as the Manchester of the East. I am a Professor in the Economics Area at the Indian Intitute of Management Ahmedabad. Apart from regular academic duties, I am involved in the shaping the identity of the new Public Policy School at IIMA. During the India years, I have also been a Professor and Vice Dean at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, a Visiting Faculty at Indian Statistical Institute, a Research Fellow at IFPR and an Adjunct Professor at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. Since 2012 I have been the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of South Asian Development. I am also on the Eitorial Bord of Journal of Development Studies. Before moving to Delhi, I spent six years as a tenured member of Faculty and co-Director of the MA in Development Economics at School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. I have previously held research positions at the Agricultural University of Norway and been a Junior Programme Officer in UNDP’s New Delhi office.

Research interests

A study of the impacts of social audits on MNREGA governance in Andhra Pradesh (with Farzana Afridi) was published in the India Policy Forum 2014. An article on caste dominance and economic performance in rural India (with Arjan Verschoor, Adriaan Kalwij and Amaresh Dubey) appeared in Economic Development and Cultural Change (2014). Another article, with Farzana Afridi and M.R. Sharan looks at how the impacts of female village council headship on corruption and MNREGA administration change over time as initially inexperienced female leaders learn and accumulate political and administrative experience (Economic Development and Cultural Change, October 2017). An analytically simple article on intergenerational occupational mobility in India - joint with Anirudh Krishna and Kunal Sen, has just been published by Economic and Political Weekly (November 2017). Richard Palmer-Jones and I have an article titled 'All you need is Cable TV?' that is forthcoming in Journal of Development Studies and Heather Lanthorn and I have a paper on how to think about and assess the external validity of impact evaluation results that has been revised. Research in progress includes a follow up of (with Richard-Palmer Jones and Kunal Sen) of our article (JDS 2013) critiquing Banerjee and Iyer's (2005) AER paper and empirical analysis of the legacy and long-term effects of colonial land revenue institutions in India and another paper - with the same co-authors - on large Dam impacts. Other work in progress covers work on India’s business history (with Chinmay Tumbe), women in politics (with Ananish Chaudhuri, Francesca Jensenius and Pushkar Maitra) and politician behaviour (with Prasenjit Banerjee, Sandip Mitra, Antonio Nicolo and Kunal Sen).     
Keywords: Labour markets; migration; networks; identity and discrimination; gender; women in politics; social accountability and public service delivery; education and skills; politician behaviour; economic history; research methods and practice; experimental economics; impact evaluation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Phd Economics, University of Cambridge

External positions

Professor Economics Area, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)

Jun 2017 → …


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