Sonia Bhalotra

  • Professor of Economics
  • University of Essex



Sonia Bhalotra is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. Until July 2013, she was Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol.

She is a member of the Council of the European Society of Population Economics, the International Review Panel of the Danish Council for Independent Research, the Advisory Board (inaugural member) of Academics Stand Against Poverty (Yale) and the British Academy Area Panel for South Asia. She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2007. She obtained an MPhil and PhD from Oxford and a BSc Hons from Delhi. She currently holds a research award from Grand Challenges Canada in a consortium with UPenn and CDDEP/PHFI (Delhi).

Sonia is interested in the creation of human capital, the long benefits of early life health interventions, the political economy of public service provision, intergenerational mobility and the dynamics of mortality, fertility and sex selection. She has used micro-macro data from Asia, Africa and Latin America and historical data from America and the Scandinavian countries.

She has provided policy inputs at UNESCO, WHO, the World Bank, ILO, UNICEF, UNU/WIDER and the Hewlett Foundation.