Dr. Arpita Bhattacharjee


I received my PhD in Economics from the University of California-Riverside in 2017. My current research portfolio covers a diverse set of topics - evaluating affirmative action policies in India and their impact on higher education outcomes; developing an analytical framework for the concept of adaptive preferences; analyzing the associations between fertility and infant mortality, and fertility and labour market outcomes, in the context of recent demographic transitions; and identifying intra-household resource allocation differences across countries using the DHS surveys.

During my PhD, I undertook teaching responsibilities (both as module leader and teaching assistant) in undergraduate courses in microeconomics, econometrics, and public policy. I was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award from the graduate division at University of California-Riverside in recognition of excellence in teaching.

I am currently a teaching fellow in the economics division of the Leeds University Business School and teaching on modules in the areas of microeconomics and applied quantitative methods in economics. 

Research interests

Labour Economics, Development Economics, Microeconometric Methods

Peer Reviewed Papers

N. Agarwal, A. Aiyar, A. Bhattacharjee, J. Cummins, C. Gunadi, D. Singhania, M. Taylor, and E. Wigton-Jones, Month of birth and child height in 40 countries, Economics Letters, 157, pp. 10-13, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2017.05.006

Working Papers

Spillovers in Affirmative Action: Evidence from OBC Quotas in India (under review)

A Model of Adaptive Preferences

The Uncertain Macrostructural Foundations of the Robotics Age (with Gary Dymski)

Work in Progress

Sibling Rivalry in Educational Outcomes: role of gender composition of siblings 

Child Mortality and Fertility at the Turn of the Millennium (with Joseph Cummins, William Dow, and Nicholas Wilson)



  • PhD Economics

Student education

Seminars for LUBS1275 Mathematics and Statistics for Economics

Seminars for LUBS2500 Applied Economics

Seminars for LUBS1075 Academic, Professional and Research Skills for Studies in Economics

Seminars for LUBS5134M Master’s Econometrics

Seminars for LUBS1280 Mathematical Economics

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