Shiuli Vanaja

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Development Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Resource Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics


Shiuli Vanaja is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

She has received her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and was a research scholar at Tata Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition from 2014 to 2020. In her Ph.D. dissertation, she studied linkages between access to drinking water, women’s time use, and associated health costs in rural Jharkhand. She also explored the behavioral aspects of women’s decision making in a rural framework in her thesis.

Publications and Writings:

Working Papers:

  • Access to Piped Water, Time Savings, and Absenteeism in School: Evidence from India.”
  • Quality Perceptions, Availability of Sources, and Drinking Water Quality in Rural India.” With Prabhu L. Pingali
  • Are People Making Correct Choices? Drivers of Water source Choices in Rural Jharkhand”.
  • Effect of In-house Piped Water on Women’s Time in Childcare, Agriculture, and Leisure.” With Prabhu L. Pingali
  • Health Costs, Health Choices, and Water-borne Diseases in Rural Jharkhand, India.” With Prabhu L. Pingali