Pankaj Verma

Pankaj was an IGC Country Economist for India Bihar.

Pankaj holds a Masters in Public Policy and Development from Paris School of Economics and a BSc in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College. Prior to joining IGC, he worked with the World Bank in Cambodia, CEPREMAP (Centre for Economic Research and its Application), and ESSEC business school in Paris. He also worked as a Research Manager with J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) supervising multiple randomized control trial studies on Health, Public employment, and Energy in India. Pankaj’s research interest includes political economy of development, energy, and private sector development.  

Content by Pankaj Verma
  • Publication - Project Memo

    Health insurance engagement in Sierra Leone (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Rachel Glennerster, Anne Karing, Pankaj Verma

  • Project

    Is Bihar the new poster boy for Public Distribution System reforms?

    India spends almost 1 percent of its GDP on providing food subsidy to the poor. This is India’s largest welfare programme both in terms of the budgetary outlay and the number of people covered under it. Afterall, the recent National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 aims to cover 75 percent and 50 percent of rural and urban population respectively. However, a large number...

    2 Feb 2016 | Chinmaya Kumar, Pankaj Verma

  • Project

    Health insurance engagement

    Sierra Leone’s health sector has significantly underperformed since the end of the civil war The Government solicited advice from IGC to help design a social health insurance scheme for the informal sector Researchers worked with the Directorate of Policy, Planning and Information (DPPI) providing input on the design of the insurance plan The Sierra...

    24 Apr 2015 | Rachel Glennerster, Anne Karing, Pankaj Verma

  • Project

    Social Justice in Education: Are School Uniform and Scholarship Schemes Marred with Discrimination in Bihar?

    Low school attendance has been a perennial problem for many states in India, including Bihar. With the aim of boosting attendance in school, in 2012/13 the Government of Bihar decided that school entitlements (such as money for uniforms, caste-based scholarships etc.) would be provided only to those students who maintain an average attendance of 75% between the months of...

    13 Feb 2015 | Pankaj Verma, Chinmaya Kumar, Abhimanyu Gahlaut

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Attendance for Entitlement? (Working Paper)

    1 Dec 2014 | Pankaj Verma, Chinmaya Kumar, Abhimanyu Gahlaut