Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia
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Girija Borker

PhD Candidate in Economics

girija_borker@brown.edu

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics specializing in development economics and applied microeconomics. In particular, I am interested in issues related to education, health, and gender with a regional focus on South Asia.

My current research examines the enrollment and learning effects of the ethnic interaction between students and teachers in elementary schools in Jharkhand, India. I am also working on a project with Professor Kaivan Munshi, University of Cambridge in which we assess the impact of imperfections in the marriage market in India on sex selection and educational investments in girls.

I have a Masters in Economic Theory and Econometrics from Toulouse School of Economics and a BA (Honors) degree in Economics from both University of Cambridge and St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. Before coming to Brown, I worked as a consultant at Frontier Economics, London.

My areas of interest are: Development, gender, and policy.