Harini Kapali

Harini Kapali
Economics MA Candidate
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Kennedy

BSc Honours (SNU)

Areas of Research Interest: Applied Econometrics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Public Policy Analysis

I completed my 4-year Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Economics in May 2019 from Shiv Nadar University (SNU), New Delhi NCR, India, with the Dean's Merit List awards for all academic terms, along with the “Highest Distinction” Graduating Award. I also have a Minor in Business and Management, for which I completed a series of advanced courses in quantitative business analysis.

My 4th-year Undergraduate Thesis was in the area of Labour Economics, where I evaluated the impact of the Right to Education (RTE) Act on female labour force participation in India, using the fixed-effects Difference-in-Differences estimation strategy in STATA (with Indian National Sample Survey panel data sets). The RTE Act guarantees free and compulsory primary education for Indian children, and thereby relates to child-care costs. I found evidence to support that the implementation of this Act significantly improved the likelihood of women’s workforce participation, along with further impacts on improving a host of other household welfare indicators in India.

I have been selected to present three undergraduate-level empirical research papers during 2018-2019. One was on natural resources, economic growth, and the Dutch Disease, at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, India, and the other was on gender differences in human heights and income levels, at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India. A third undergraduate paper on per-capita income and economic inequality across Indian states was selected to represent India at the 15th SAESM (South Asian Economics Students’ Meet 2019), a World Bank-funded international economics conference held at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Currently, I am a second-year Master of Arts (MA) student in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. For my Master’s Research Essay, I plan to employ rigorous quantitative analysis to investigate the distributional impacts of a pollution tax in an Overlapping Generations (OLG) economy, where pollution degrades labour productivity. I am an aspiring applied economic analyst, and I aim to utilize data insights and contribute to relevant policy decisions.