Ashwini Deshpande

Ashwini Deshpande is Professor of Economics at Ashoka University. Prior to this she was at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. Her Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action issues, with a focus on caste and gender in India, as well as on aspects of the Chinese economy: poverty, inequality, regional disparities and gender discrimination. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals and has edited several books. She is the author of “Grammar of Caste: economic discrimination in contemporary India”, OUP, 2011 and “Affirmative Action in India”, OUP, Oxford India Short Introductions series, 2013. She received the EXIM Bank award for outstanding dissertation (now called the IEDRA Award) in 1994, and the 2007 VKRV Rao Award for Indian economists under 45.

Content by Ashwini Deshpande
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    IGC India conference: The economic impact of COVID-19 on households

    Nearly 84% of Indian households witnessed a decrease in income during the initial lockdown and the months following it. While the well-off can manage, there are grave concerns about how the poor can cope and survive future lockdowns. This webinar explores how households coped with the economic effects of lockdowns, and whether existing and new welfare schemes are effective...

    13 May 2021

  • Project

    The short-term effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on rural communities and self-help group members

    India has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the world and it is important to understand whether existing and new welfare schemes are being implemented effectively enough to provide support to households that lose their livelihoods, especially in rural areas. This project uses remote data collection to improve our general understanding of how households are coping...

    17 Jul 2020 | Ashwini Deshpande, Joshua Merfeld, Vijayendra Rao, Kritika Saxena, Lore Vandewalle

  • Blog post

    “Even when class conditions are equalised, caste seems to have an independent effect on future life outcomes” – Ashwini Deshpande

    In November Professor Ashwini Deshpande presented a new paper on caste, class and social mobility to an audience of academics and researchers at the South Asia Centre. After the seminar she spoke to Sonali Campion about the survey design for the paper, its initial findings and the challenge of measuring social mobility among women.   Could you start by outlining the main...

    27 Dec 2016 | Ashwini Deshpande