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S Anukriti


S Anukriti is an Economist in the Development Research Group (Human Development Team) of the World Bank. She is an applied micro-economist, with interests in the fields of development economics, economics of gender and the family, and political economy. Her research examines the underlying causes of gender inequalities in developing societies, and explores mechanisms that can bring about gender equity. More broadly, she is interested in the role of social norms, formal and informal institutions, and public policy in affecting social change. Dr. Anukriti received her PhD in Economics from Columbia University, MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and BA (Honors) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Prior to joining the World Bank in July 2020, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston College. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) and a Fellow of the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia University.

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Delving into Women's Social Isolation

March 2022

What is the focus of your research? 

"Broadly, my research focuses on understanding why gender inequality exists, why it persists, and what we can do to reduce gender gaps, especially in developing countries. I have done a lot of work on male-biased sex ratios and sex-selective abortions, and some research on marriage markets and dowry in India. More recently, my attention has shifted towards other gender-related issues, such as women’s labor market engagement, social networks, gender-based violence, and the influence of family members on women’s outcomes."

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Women for Women? The Influence of Female Friends and Family on Women’s Empowerment in India

September 2021

Along several dimensions, India stands out globally for its unequal opportunities and outcomes for women relative to men. In this Policy Research Talk delivered in September 2021, S Anukriti presented new research on women's social networks In India—and the opportunities or constraints that these networks present.

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