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 in the context of recent demographic transitions, and identifying intra-household resource allocation differences across countries using the DHS surveys. I am also working on different projects under the inter-disciplinary Cities theme of the University, along with colleagues Prof. Gary Dymski and Prof. Andrew Brown. These include collaborating with the Leeds City Council to develop a metric of inclusive growth for the Leeds City Region; identifying the socio-economic impacts of the increasing prevalence of AI and Robotics in labour markets; unbundling the UK productivity puzzle in face of rapid technological advancement, and understanding the political economy of the robotics and AI era. 

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.

Research interests

Labor 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 (with Neha Agarwal)

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

Toward a Theory of Value and Distribution for the Post-Robotic Age (with Andrew Brown, Gary Dymski, and Annina Kaltenbrunner)


  • PhD Economics

Student education

Seminars for LUBS5134M Econometrics

Seminars for LUBS1280 Mathematical Economics