Co-Founder & Researcher
Fields: Gender, Labour Markets & Industrialisation; Education & Inequality
Surbhi Ghai is a development economist and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University College London, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi. Her research focuses on gender issues in labour markets and explores the links between education, social norms and female workforce participation in the Indian context. She has previously worked as a Researcher with ICRIER- one of India’s foremost autonomous think tanks, on multiple projects including those of the Ford Foundation and the World Bank. She has also contributed to a study on the Future of Work, in consultation with the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India. Further, she is engaged with Stanford University in evaluating large scale Randomised Control Experiments in India. Over the last few years, she has authored research papers as well as opinion columns in leading national dailies such as The Business Standard and The Hindu Business Line.
Ghai, S. (2018): The Anomaly of Women's Work and Education in India. ICRIER Working Paper 368, December 2018.
Contribution to Reports:
ICRIER (2018): The Future of Work, Commissioned for the G20 Argentinean Presidency, with Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Ghai, S. (2019): The anomaly of women’s work and education in India. Ideas for India, dated March 07, 2019.
Ghai, S. (2019): How to boost women’s workforce participation. The Hindu Business Line, dated January 27, 2019.
Kapoor, R. and Ghai, S. (2018): Making sense of EPFO data. Business Standard, dated July 26, 2018.
Research Interests: Macroeconomics; Development Economics
Shruti is a Research Analyst at DRF. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce.