Sonia Bhalotra

Sonia Bhalotra

Professor in Economics / University of Essex, UK

Sonia Bhalotra has an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, UK. She has contributed to research on global health (infant mortality, maternal mortality, maternal depression, access to antibiotics, clean water, clean air, the long run impacts of early life health interventions, intergenerational mobility), gender (women’s property rights, education, political behaviour, sex selective abortion, fertility, domestic violence, women’s employment and the gender wage gap), poverty (program evaluation, land reform, conflict), cognitive development (early life health influences), and the political economy of public service provision (political identity and representation).

Sonia’s research uses micro-data from across developing countries, and early twentieth century data from America and the Scandinavian countries. She has served on steering commitees and scientific committees in the health and education domains, including at the WHO and ILO, contributed often to the UNESCO annual education report, was recently a PI on a Grand Challenges Canada Consortium studying early life risk factors and is currently on the Senior Management Teams of the ESRC Centre for Microsocial Change and the Programme for Human Rights and Big Data at Essex.

Recent Publications:

  • Bhalotra, S. and A. Venkataramani.Shadows of the Captain of the Men of Death: Early Life Health, Human Capital Investment and Institutions.R&R at the Journal of Political Economy. Available on SSRN or IZA.
  • Bhalotra, S. and I. Clots-Figueras. Health and the Political Agency of Women. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. May 2014.
  • Bhalotra, S. and S Rawlings. Intergenenerational Persistence in Health in Developing Countries: the Penalty of Gender Inequality?, Journal of Public Economics, April, 95 (3-4), 286-299. 2011.



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