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Vidhya Unnikrishnan


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My research is at the intersection of Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Public Policy. My thesis focused on the effect of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, a social assistance program targeted on the poor elderly in India. I examine three essential questions; first, on how political and social networks affect access to this program; second, if the program impacts the household welfare of the recipients. In the last and the third part of the research, I look into the welfare effects generated when women receive this program. 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester


Master of Science, Economics, Madras School of Economics


Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Ethiraj Collge


External positions

Consultant, ODI

25 Apr 201931 Oct 2019

Research Assistant, Indian Council of Research on International Economic Relations


Analyst, Infosys Technologies Ltd


Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Development Economics
  • Public Policy
  • Labour market
  • Gender

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute


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