Areas of Interest & Expertise
Informal Economy, Structural Transformation in Labour Surplus Economies, Labour and Future of Work, Issues of Growth and Exclusion in Less Developed Economies
Surbhi Kesar is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.
Her research areas include political economy, development economics, labour economics, particularly informality, exclusion, and structural transformation and capitalist transition in labour surplus economies. She received her PhD in Economics from South Asian University, New Delhi and has been a Fulbright Fellow at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a coordinator for the Economic Development Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and is a Steering Group member for the Diversifying and Decolonising Economics initiative.
Publication and Writings
Publications in peer-reviewed journals
- Precarity and Development: Production and Labor Processes in the Informal Economy in India [with Snehashish Bhattacharya]. Review of Radical Political Economics, February 2020, Vol 52 (3): 387 – 408.
- Dualism and Structural Transformation: The Informal Manufacturing Sector in India [with Snehashish Bhattacharya]. The European Journal of Development Research, July 2020, Vol 32: 560 – 586.
- Possibilities of Transformation: The Informal Sector in India [with Snehashish Bhattacharya]. Review of Radical Political Economics, 2018, Vol 50 (4): 727 – 735.
- Decolonizing Economics [Under contract with Polity Press, Cambridge, UK. Book manuscript under preparation.] [with Carolina Alves, Devika Dutt, and Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven]
- Azim Premji University Covid-19 Livelihoods Survey [Large-scale phone survey on the economic impact of the lockdown on livelihoods in India]. [Co-principal investigator with Rosa Abraham, Amit Basole, Rahul Lahoti, and Paaritosh Nath]
Working papers / papers under review
- Economic Transitions, Dualism, and Informality in India: Nature and Patterns of Household-level preparation for Transitions Centre for Sustainable Employment Working Paper series, 2020 [Earlier version: Working Paper 2019-03, UMass-Amherst Economics Working Paper series, 2019.]
- Pandemic, informality, and vulnerability: Impact of Covid-19 on livelihoods in India Working Paper 2020-01, Centre for Sustainable Employment Working Paper series, 2020 [with Rosa Abraham, Rahul Lahoti, Paaritosh Nath, and Amit Basole]
- ‘Subcontracting Linkages in the Indian Informal Manufacturing Sector’ (research article)
- ‘Transitions out of unpaid work in India: Implications for structural transformation’ (research article) [with Rosa Abraham and Amit Basole]
- ‘Decolonizing economics pedagogy’ (research article) [with Ingrid Kvanagraven]
- Covid-19 and socio-economic identity: An analysis of the differential impact and recovery (research article) [with Rosa Abaraham, Amit Basole, and Anand Srivastava]
- State of Working India (SWI) report on the impact of Covid-19 lockdown on economic livelihoods in India (research report) [with members of the CSE team]
- ‘On the misclassification of employment status data in the ILOSTAT Database’ on Centre for Sustainable Employment Blog, Novemeber 2020 [with Amit Basole]
- ‘Diversify and decolonize your fall economics list – Fall 2020’, on d‑econ.org, October, 2020 [with Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Devika Dutt, and Aditi Dixit]
- ‘Why do economists have trouble understanding racialized inequalities?’, in Institute for New Economic Thinking, August 2020. [with Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven]
- ‘Pandemic as a lens: Identifying and addressing livelihood vulnerabilities’, in Ideas for India, July 2020. [with Rosa Abraham, Amit Basole, Rahul Lahoti, and Paaritosh Nath]
- ‘Decolonize your pandemic reading list’,in Open Democracy, June 30, 2020. [with Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Devika Dutt, and Farwa Sial]
- ‘Hunger grows as India’s lockdown kills jobs: Result of survey from 12 states’, in The India Forum, June 5, 2020. [with Rahul Lahoti, Amit Basole, Rosa Abraham, and Paaritosh Nath]
- ‘Diversify and decolonise your holiday reading list’, in Open Democracy, December 20, 2019. [with Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven and Devika Dutt]
- ‘Privatising a public good’, in Frontline, December 20, 2019. [with Devika Dutt and Zico Dasgupta]
- ‘A Dogra from Jammu deplores the slow death of our basic and fundamental humanity’, in ‘State Subjects’, The Caravan, September 30, 2019.
- ‘An alternate economics summer reading list’, in Developing Economics, July 3, 2019. [with Carolina Alves, Devika Dutt, Danielle Guizzo, Richard Itaman, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven]