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Dr. Alok Kumar (Economics)

Alok Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics whose areas of interest are macroeconomics and development economics. His research has focused on understanding the effects of inflation, taxes and labour market regulations on welfare, unemployment and wage inequality and the effects of income uncertainties on schooling and child labour. Alok’s work has two themes. The first is concerned with analyzing the macro-economic effects of monetary, fiscal, and labor market policies on job creation, wage inequality, and entrepreneurship, which are central policy issues. The second theme is concerned with analyzing the effect of income uncertainties on schooling in developing countries, where increasing schooling investment is central to reducing poverty and raising the standard of living. Currently, he is working on a project funded by the U.K.’s International Growth Centre that examines the effects of income uncertainties on schooling in India using a unique household primary survey data. Alok’s research has been published in International Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, and Review of Economic Dynamics.