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Dr Sudipa Sarkar

Research interests

Her research interests are broadly in empirical labour and development economics. The specific topics she works on include skills mismatch, job polarization, 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 over-education, employment change in occupations, and women’s employment transition. Sudipa has previously worked in several research organisations including the Young Lives project (led by Oxford University), Institute of Rural Management Anand and Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.

Current projects

  • Identification of factors affecting successful outcomes in the DDU-GKY Indian skills programme for unemployed young people. Funded by ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund. Project Start Date: 3/10/2018 - Project End Date: 02/10/2020 [details]
  • ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) NGO data fund, £10,240 (2018–2019)
  • 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: 2019 - 2022 [details]
  • Compilation of tasks data at the national level and support in the development and testing of a tasks questionnaire. With Sally Wright. Funded by the European Commission. Project Start Date: 01/12/2018 - Project End Date: 30/11/2019 [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]

All projects

Teaching and Supervision

Published journal articles

"Employment Transitions of Women in India: A Panel Analysis" (with Soham Sahoo and Stephan Klasen) published in World Development, Volume 115, March 2019, Pages 291-309

"Employment Change in Occupations in Urban India: Implications for Wage Inequality ", published in Development and Change, 50(5): 1398–1429, 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, Vol. 39 No. 8, pp. 977-995, 2018.

"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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Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

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