Debayan Pakrashi




Debayan Pakrashi

Assistant Professor

Department of Economic Sciences

Office: Room 607, Faculty Building
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Ph: 0512-259-6107;


Skype: debayan.pakrashi


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economic Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. After completing PhD in Economics from the School of Economics, University of Queensland in May 2014, with the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Theses, I joined IIT Kanpur in June, 2014. I also have a Masters of Arts in Economics (with thesis) from the University of Calgary, Canada and another Masters in Arts in Economics (with specialisation in world economy) from the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

I am an applied microeconomist, particularly interested in policy-oriented issues related to Health, Behavioural, Experimental, Labor and Development Economics. To be specific, my research focuses on the role of peer effects and social networks in health, education, migration, technology adoption and diffusion; discrimination based on migrant status, religion and caste; child labour and child marriage; maternal and child health; women's safety and empowerment; microcredit and self-help groups; role of diet, physical activities and sleeping patterns for improved physical and psychological health; socio-economic determinants of subjective wellbeing and role of personality in decision making, etc; using both primary (RCTs, household surveys, field and audit experiments) and secondary datasets (cross-sectional as well as panel data). Even though my research primarily uses datasets collected via Randomized Controlled Trials and field experiments, as part of my ongoing research, I also regularly use large datasets such as the Gallup U.S. daily tracking dataset, the Gallup World Poll, Google Trend data, Nightlight data, county level climate data, election data, the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) and Health Survey for England (HSE) and apply both classical as well as modern econometric methodologies. I regularly work in the slums, rural and coastal regions, with partition refugees and other minority groups.

My long-term goal is to contribute significantly to policymaking relevant to the capacity building of developed and underdeveloped countries in a cost-effective manner. I am currently working on India, Bangladesh, China, United States, United Kingdom and Australia with funding received from the UKAid, International Growth Centre, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Australia India Council, Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh.