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IER Sudipa Sarkar

Research interests

My research interests are in empirical labour and development economics, and focus on topics relating to occupational change, skills mismatch, informal employment, education, poverty, and female labour force participation.

Academic profile

Sudipa is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick. Previously, she has been a Marie Curie PhD Fellow associated with the Eduworks Training Network and has completed her PhD in Economics from the Department of Applied Economics, University of Salamanca, Spain. Her thesis deals with issues related to labour market and employment with a focus on skills mismatch, employment change and women’s employment transition. Sudipa has previously worked in several research organisations including the Young Lives project, Institute of Rural Management Anand and Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. She has also worked on development-related issues such as primary education, multidimensional childhood poverty, child labour and informal sector in India.

Current projects

  • Working Futures 2017-2027. With Rob Wilson, Sally-Anne Barnes and David Owen. Funded by Department for Education. Project Start Date: 06/06/2018 - Project End Date: 31/03/2019 [details]
  • BEYOND 4.0 - Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND the impacts of Industrie 4.0 and Digital Disruption. With Sally-Anne Barnes, Sally Wright and Sudipa Sarkar with Chris Mathieu (Lund University), led by Steven Dhondt (TNO). Funded by European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/10/2014 - Project End Date: 30/09/2018 [details]
  • A review of the existing literature on the adult social care workforce. Funded by Department of Health. With Derek Bosworth and Beate Baldhauf . Project Start Date: 01/05/2018 - Project End Date: 30/06/2018 [details]
  • Investment in Technology. With Chris Warhust and Wil Hunt. Funded by CIPD. Project Start Date: 01/03/2018 - Project End Date: 30/10/2018 [details]

  • QuInnE, H2020 EURO SOCIETY 2014, Topic: EURO 2 2014. With Chris Warhust, Sally Wright, Daria Luchinskay, Wil Hunt, Anne Green and Duncan Gallie (University of Oxford). Funded by: European Commission. Project Start Date 01/07/2015 - Project End Date 30/06/2018 [details]

Selected publications

"Employment Change in Occupations in Urban India: Implications for Wage Inequality ", forthcoming in Development and Change (2018).

"Educational mismatch in Europe at the turn of the century: Measurement, intensity and evolution" (with Rafael Muñoz de Bustillo, Raquel Sebastián and José-Ignacio Antón), International Journal of Manpower, 2018, accepted for publication

"Employment Transitions of Women in India: A Panel Analysis" (with Soham Sahoo and Stephan Klasen) IZA Discussion Paper No. 11086, 2017.

"Employment Polarization and Over-education in Germany, Spain, Sweden and UK”, Empirica (2017), doi:10.1007/s10663-017-9372-8
Does Teaching Quality Matter? Students Learning Outcome Related to Teaching Quality in Public and Private Primary Schools in India” (with Renu Singh), International Journal of Educational Development, 41 (2015) 153-163.

Children’s Experience of Multidimensional Deprivation: Relationship with Household Monetary Poverty” (with Renu Singh), The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 56 (2015) 43-56.

Wages and Informal Labour Markets in India: Whither premiums on human capital investments?” (with Jeemol Unni), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2013.

Changing Occupation, Changing Skills: Graduate Labour Market in India” (with Jeemol Unni), Vikalpa, Vol. 37, No. 3, April-September, 2012.

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Sudipa Sarkar

Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76575765
Fax: +44(0)24 76524241

S.Sarkar.2@warwick.ac.uk