Debayan Pakrashi

Debayan Pakrashi is an applied micro-economist interested in Behavioural Economics, Health Economics and Economic Development. His current research focuses on labour market outcomes, impact of microcredit programs on household decision making, the role of peer effects and social networks and the socio-economic determinants of health, mental health and life satisfaction. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. After completing his doctoral studies, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Stirling, on an ESRC funded grant. Prior to joining the Behavioural Science Centre at the University of Stirling as a post-doctoral researcher, he was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Research Scholar working on the Rural-Urban Migration in China and Indonesia (RUMiCI) project under the supervision of Professor Paul Frijters in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland.

Content by Debayan Pakrashi
  • Project

    Knowledge is power: A scoping study on women’s safety

    Bihar is ranked 3rd highest in terms of the percentage of women (nearly 43.2%) who experienced physical, sexual or emotional spousal violence (NFHS-4, 2017). Moreover, evidence suggests that the actual, as well as the perceived threat of women being attacked outside the home often deter them from working outside (Sudarshan, 2009; Chakraborty et. al, 2018). These alarming...

    11 Mar 2020 | Debayan Pakrashi, Chitwan Lalji, Sarani Saha

  • Project

    Addressing financial inclusion in rural India: the role of information and peer pressure

    Financial inclusion is considered to be an important aspect of the promotion of economic growth. Despite a significant increase in formal financial account ownership in recent years, a vast majority of adults in developing countries, and in particular women, still do not use them regularly. The aim of this project is to understand the factors that influence the usage of...

    11 Mar 2020 | Asadul Islam, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Publication - Working Paper

    System of rice intensification in rural Bangladesh: Adoption, diffusion and impact

    25 Feb 2016 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Project

    Technology adoption and food security in rural Bangladesh

    The “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI), developed in Madagascar in the 1980s for liquidity-constrained smallholder farmers like those in Bangladesh, has demonstrated dramatic potential for increasing rice yields without requiring additional purchased inputs (seed, fertilizer, etc.), nor increased irrigation. But these gains, although widely documented in...

    30 Sep 2014 | Chris Barrett, Marcel Fafchamps, Garth Holloway, Asadul Islam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Ummul Hasanath Ruthbah, Jeffrey LaFrance, Debayan Pakrashi

  • Project

    Can we select the right peers in Indian education? Evidence from Kolkata

    The continuing growth of the middle class in India has led to increased demand for higher education. About 1 in 10 individuals now finish some form of higher education, giving India the third largest pool of graduates, after China and the United States. However, only a quarter of such graduates from tertiary education are actually employed in steady formal jobs. So, whilst...

    4 Sep 2014 | Paul Frijters, Asadul Islam, Debayan Pakrashi