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Upasak Das is a Post doctoral fellow (based in New Delhi), University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this he was an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He submitted his Ph.D. thesis from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. His primary research interests are in labour economics, empirical political economy and public policy. His current work includes evaluation of different aspects of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in West Bengal and other parts of the country. He received a B.Sc. in Physics from Hansraj College, Delhi University and an M.Sc. in Economics from IGIDR. Prior to joining the Ph.D. programme, he worked as a Business Analyst at Genpact India Pvt. Ltd.
Posts by Upasak Das
Fund allocation for MNREGA has seen a steady decline in real terms over the last few years. Analysing official MNREGA data along with survey data from Rajasthan, this column shows that in the face of...
Questions have been raised regarding the quality and usefulness of assets created under MNREGA. To examine the validity of the scepticism, this column reports results from a study of MNREGA assets in...
MNREGA mandates that a third of all workers under the programme should be women. But how gender inclusive has the implementation of the Act been? This column uses nationally representative data to an...
- Upasak Das
- 21 November, 2014
The problem of political clientelism becomes imminent in decentralised systems where certain individuals or groups associated with the political party locally in power, get preferential access to sca...
- Upasak Das
- 25 June, 2014