Narayanan Sudha

Narayanan Sudha

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  • Sudha Narayanan and Nirupam Mehrotra (2019) “Loan Waivers and Bank Credit: Reflections on the evidence and the way forward”, Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers (forthcoming)
  • Sudha Narayanan and Judhajit Chakravorthy (2019)  “Land as Collateral in India”, Economic and Political Weekly 54(44): 45-52.
  • Sudha Narayanan, Erin Lentz, Marzia Fontana, Anuradha De, Bharati Kulkarni (2019) Developing the Women's Empowerment in Nutrition Index in Two States of India Food Policy,
  • Lentz, E.C., Narayanan, S., De, A. (2019) Last and least: Findings on intrahousehold undernutrition from participatory research in South Asia, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 232:  316-323. doi: https://
  • Sudha Narayanan and Sowmya Dhanraj (2018) Child Work and Schooling in rural north India : What do time use data say about tradeoffs and drivers of human capital investment? Indian Journal of Human Development, 12(3), 378–400.
  • M Vijayabaskar  Sudha Narayanan, Sharada Srinivasan (2018) Agricultural Revival and Reaping the Youth Dividend  Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 53, Issue No. 26-27, 30 Jun, 2018
  • Nidhi Aggarwal Sargam Jain Sudha Narayanan (2017). “The Long Road to Transformation of Agricultural Markets in India Lessons from Karnataka”, Economic and Political Weekly,  Vol. 52, Issue No. 41(14): 47-55.
  • Narayanan, S., Upasak Das, Yanyan Liu, Christopher B. Barrett (2017)  “The “Discouraged Worker Effect” in Public Works Programs: Evidence from the MGNREGA in India, World Development, Volume 100, 2017, Pages 31-44, ISSN 0305-750X,
  • Narayanan, S. Nicolas Gerber (2017) “Social safety nets for food and nutrition security in India”, Global Food Security, Available online 17 May 2017, ISSN 2211-9124,
  • Sheahan, M.,Liu, Y. & Barrett, C.B. and Narayanan, S. (2016). Preferential resource spending under an employment guarantee: The political economy of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme spending in Andhra Pradesh. World Bank Economic Review. doi: 10.1093/wber/lhw044. First published online: August 28, 2016.
  • Narayanan, Sudha (2016), The productivity of agricultural credit in India. Agricultural Economics. doi:10.1111/agec.12239
  • Sudha Narayanan (2015) “Food Security in India: The Imperative and its Challenges”, Asia-Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1 doi: 10.1002/app5.62
  • Krushna Ranaware, Upasak Das, Ashwini Kulkarni and Sudha Narayanan (2015) “MGNREGA Assets and their Impacts, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, 13,March 28, 2015
  • Sudha Narayanan (2014) “Profits from Participation in High Value Agriculture: Evidence of Heterogeneous Benefits in Contract Farming Schemes in Southern India”. Food Policy, Volume 44, February 2014, Pages 142-157, ISSN 0306-9192,
  • Sudha Narayanan and Upasak Das (2014) “Employment Guarantee for Women in India: Evidence on Rationing and Participation from National Sample Surveys”, Economic and Political Weekly, November 15, 2014.
  • Sudha Narayanan (2014) “The National Food Security Act vis-à-vis the WTO Agreement on Agriculture”, Economic and Political Weekly.
  • Sudha Narayanan (2013). Smallholder Attrition in Contract Farming Schemes in India: Extent, Causes and Concerns. Food Chain, Volume 3 Number 3:155-170.
  • Christopher B. Barrett, Maren E. Bachke, Marc F. Bellemare, Hope C. Michelson, Sudha Narayanan, Thomas F. Walker (2012) "Smallholder Participation in Contract Farming: Comparative Evidence from Five Countries," World Development, 40(4): 715-730.
  • Sudha Narayanan (2012) “Inflections in Agricultural Evolution: Contemporary Commodity Complexes and Transactional Forms in interior Tamil Nadu” Economic and Political Weekly, December 21, 2012.
  • Sudha Narayanan (2011) “Reframing the Cash Transfer Debate in India” Economic and Political Weekly, May 22, 2012.

My current research consists of a cluster of studies focused on social protection programs, food and nutrition policy, agricultural markets, rural labour markets, gender and financial inclusion.

  • Principal Investigator, Women and the Agricultural Sciences in India: Strengths, Barriers, and Opportunities, IDRC, November 2019.
  • Principal Investigator, Impact Evaluation of Centres of Financial Literacy, Department of Financial Inclusion and Development (DFID), Reserve Bank of India, April 2018.
  • Principal Investigator. Integration of Spot and Derivative Markets for Agricultural Commodities, NABARD, 2017. Research support for the Agriculture Sub-Group of the Expert Committee on the Integration of Spot and Derivatives Markets (Chaired by Ramesh Chand).
  • Collaborating Researcher. Assessment of Digital India Land Records Modernization, NCAER-IGIDR-NIPFP collaborative project, Omidyar Network, 2016
  • Collaborating Researcher: Becoming a Young Farmer: Pathways in Farming, SSHRC-CRHS, University of Guelph, 2016
  • Principal Investigator, Sponsored Research Project, Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), 2015
  • Principal Investigator, IMMANA Competitive Research Grant Round 1 on "The Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition Index (WENI): Measuring nutritional empowerment to better link agriculture to nutrition", 2015.
  • Principal Investigator, MGNREGA Assets in Maharashtra: Subjective Assessments of Usefulness, Government of Maharashtra, 2014.
  • Principal Investigator, FoodSecure, Zentrum fur Entwicklungsforschung, 2014.
  • Research Fellowship under the Village Dynamics in South Asia (VDSA) project grant, ICRISAT, 2014.
  • Co-Principal Investigator NABARD R&D Grant on the Productivity of Institutional Agricultural Credit in India, 2013.
  • Co-Principal Investigator, 3ie Impact Evaluation Grant, 2012 (with Yanyan Liu, Christopher Barrett) Impact Evaluation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India.

  • Applied Econometrics for Policy Analysis 2013 through 2018

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