Sandip Sukhtankar

Sandip Sukhtankar was previously a Lead Academic for IGC India. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at University of Virginia. His research interests lie at the intersection of development, political economy, and public economics, with a focus on corruption and governance issues. Most of his fieldwork is based in India.

Content by Sandip Sukhtankar
  • Blog post

    In-kind transfers as insurance: Evidence from India

    While academics and policymakers prefer unconditional cash transfer to the poor, they value in-kind transfers that protect against price fluctuations A fundamental question in the public economics literature, as well as in the practical design of social protection programmes, is whether transfers from the government to the poor should take the form of cash or kind...

    2 Aug 2022 | Lucie Gadenne, Sam Norris, Monica Singhal, Sandip Sukhtankar

  • Project

    In-kind transfers as insurance

    In-kind transfers have historically been an important way in which countries transfer resources to poorer households – the World Bank estimates that 44% of individuals on social safety net programmes around the world receive in-kind transfers. In recent years, however, there has been increasing interest among academics and policymakers in moving toward unconditional cash...

    24 Nov 2020 | Lucie Gadenne, Sandip Sukhtankar, Monica Singhal

  • Data Item

    Data: Sugar mills: Ownership, productivity and crop choice

    An old theoretical and empirical literature has struggled with how ownership structure affects economic outcomes. We seek to answer this question by examining the effect that different ownership structures have on the outcomes of sugarcane farmers in India. The econometric strategy exploits the zoning system - whereby farmers living within a zone are forced to sell sugar to...

    27 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Project Report

    In-kind transfers as insurance

    5 Oct 2017 | Lucie Gadenne, Sam Norris, Monica Singhal, Sandip Sukhtankar

  • Project

    Price risk and poverty

    A common feature of markets in many developing economies is a lack of integration. Trade across areas may be hindered by high transportation costs, limited information and communication, and policies that create barriers to trade. As a result, there is substantial variation in prices for basic commodities across space, often even within local geographic areas. Lack of...

    14 Mar 2016 | Sandip Sukhtankar, Lucie Gadenne, Monica Singhal

  • Blog post

    Biometric payment systems and welfare benefits

    Biometric payment systems are claimed to reduce leakages in public welfare programmes. Indeed, 230 programmes in more than 80 countries are currently deploying such systems to improve security and reduce corruption and fraud. Yet, there is limited evidence on their effectiveness

    12 Dec 2014 | Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar

  • Project

    Sugar mills: Ownership, productivity and crop choice

    In this era of food price inflation, developing country governments are increasingly concerned about agricultural productivity. Shaping the institutional structure of agricultural markets – that is, deciding whether agricultural processing plants should be run by the government, producer cooperatives, or private individuals – represents an important potential policy...

    4 Sep 2014 | Sandip Sukhtankar, Sendhil Mullainathan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Ownership Structure and Economic Outcomes (Working Paper)

    28 Mar 2011 | Sendhil Mullainathan, Sandip Sukhtankar

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Ownership Structure and Economic Outcomes (Policy Brief)

    1 Mar 2011 | Sendhil Mullainathan, Sandip Sukhtankar