Kanika Mahajan

Kanika Mahajan is an Assistant Professor at Ashoka University. She was formerly Assistant Professor in Economics at School of Liberal Studies in Ambedkar University, Delhi. She obtained her Ph.D. in Quantitative Economics from the Economics and Planning Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, in 2015. Her primary research interests include empirical development economics in the field of gender, labor and environment. Her recent published articles look at the effect of female labor supply on gender wage gap and the effect of NREGA on casual wages in rural India.

Content by Kanika Mahajan
  • Publication - Project Report

    Why are fewer married women joining the work force in rural India? A decomposition analysis over two decades

    8 Sep 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Taryn Dinkelman, Kanika Mahajan

  • Project

    Women and work in rural India

    In contrast with global trends, India has witnessed a decline in women’s employment rates over the past few decades. We investigated this decline in rural areas, where the majority of Indian women live. We found that increasing education levels among rural married women and the men in their households were the most important factors contributing to the decline...

    9 Mar 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Kanika Mahajan, Taryn Dinkelman

  • Blog post

    Declining female labour force participation in rural India: The supply side

    Analysis of National Sample Survey data shows that low rates of female labour force participation in India are concentrated among married women in rural areas. This blog suggests that this is partly because women with medium levels of education choose to spend more time on child care and domestic work. Globally, about half of all women work, and recent increases in rates...

    8 Mar 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Taryn Dinkelman, Kanika Mahajan