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Desai, Sonal. 2022. “Building Capacity for Leveraging Longitudinal Data for Evaluation”, in A. Desai and U. Prasad (eds.), M&E@70: Strengthening India’s Evidence Systems for Accelerated Reforms and Inclusive Growth. New Delhi: Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. Link



Lei, Lei and Sonalde Desai. 2021. “Male Out-Migration and the Health of Left-Behind Wives in India: The Roles of Remittances, Household Responsibilities, and Autonomy”, Social Science and Medicine, May 3. Link.

Choudhury, Pallavi and Sonalde Desai. 2021. "Lack of Access to Clean Fuel and Piped Water and Children’s Educational Outcomes in Rural India." World Development, Vol. 145. September.  Link.

Vikram, Kriti. 2021. “Fathers’ Migration and Academic Achievement among Left-behind Children in India: Evidence of Continuity and Change in Gender Preferences”, International Migration Review, 44(2): 300-319. Link.


Chatterjee, Esha. 2020. “Determinants of Differential Regional Fertility Rates in India: An Examination of Fertility Intentions, Behavior, and the Unmet Need for Contraception”, PhD Thesis submitted to the Digital Repository at University of Maryland, Available here, Accessed on October 3, 2020.

Choudhury, Pallavi, and Sonalde Desai. 2020. "Gender inequalities and household fuel choice in India," Journal of Cleaner Production, Volume 265, 20 August.

Lei, Lei, Sonalde Desai, and Feinian Chen. 2020. “Fathers’ Migration and Nutritional Status of Children in India: Do the Effects Vary by Community Context?”, Demographic Research, 43(20): 545–580. Link.

Esha Chatterjee & Sonalde Desai (2020) Physical versus imagined communities: migration and women’s autonomy in India, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46:14, 2977-2996, DOI10.1080/1369183X.2019.1585016


Chatterjee E., Desai S. (2020) Regional Fertility Differences in India. In: Schoen R. (eds) Analyzing Contemporary Fertility. The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, vol 51. Springer, Cham.


Esha Chatterjee & Christie Sennott (2020) Fertility intentions and maternal health behaviour during and after pregnancy, Population Studies, 74:1, 55-74, DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2019.1672881


Bera, M., Dubey, A. (2020). Structure and Changes in Household Income and Employment Across Social Groups in Rural India. Ind. J. Labour Econ. 63, 407–435. DOI : 10.1007/s41027-020-00215-8


Thorat, Amit and Omkar Joshi. (2020) The Continuing Practice of Untouchability in India: Patterns and Mitigating InfluencesEconomic and Political Weekly, 55(2): 36-45.



Desai, Sonalde and Omkar Joshi 2019. The Paradox of Declining Female Work Participation in an Era of Economic Growth, Indian Journal of Labor Economics, 62(2): 55-71. Link.

Allendorf, Keera. “Another Gendered Demographic Dividend? Adjusting to a Future without Sons.” DOI: 10.31235/, Accessed on September 23, 2019. Link (Download)

Vikram, Kriti and Reeve Vanneman. 2019. “Maternal Education and the Multidimensionality of Child Health Outcomes in India.” Accessed on May 25, 2019. Link.


Chatterjee, Esha, Reeve Vanneman and Sonalde Desai. 2018. “Indian paradox: Rising education, declining women’s employment.” Demographic Research Volume 38 - Article 31, Pp. 855–878 Link.

Barik, Debasis, Sonalde Desai and Reeve Vanneman. 2018. “Economic Status and Adult Mortality in India: Is the Relationship Sensitive to Choice of Indicators? World Development, 103, 176-187.

Vikram, K., F. Chen, and S. Desai. (2018). Mothers' work patterns and Children's cognitive achievement: Evidence from the India Human Development survey. Social Science Research. University of California Press Journals. OI: Published online 20 March 2017. Accessed online 25 March 2017.


Thorat, Amit, Reeve Vanneman, Sonalde Desai and Amaresh Dubey. 2017. “Escaping and Falling into Poverty in India Today,” World Development, 93, 413-426. Published online Jan 30, 2017.

Desai, Sonalde. 2017. “Doing Gender Vs. Doing Modernity,” in Bhatia, Manjeet (Ed.) Locating Gender in the New Middle Class in India, Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Link.

Joshi, O., S. Desai, R. Vanneman, and A. Dubey. (2017). “Who Participates in MGNREGA? Analyses from Longitudinal Data” in Review of Development and Change (Jan-June, 2017 ed., Vol. XXII, pp. 108-137). Accessed on February 13, 2018. Link.


Basu, Alaka and Sonalde Desai. 2016. "Hopes, Dreams and Anxieties: India's One Child Families," Asian Population Studies, 12(1):4-27.

Desai,Sonalde. 2016. "Demographic deposit, dividend and debt.The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, online 04 May 2016.

Thorat, Amit, and Sonalde Desai. 2016. "Recent Evidence Shows Slow Improvement in Undernutrition in India," in Desai, Sonalde, Lawrence Haddad, Deepta Chopra and Amit Thorat (Ed.) Undernutrition and Public Policy in India. London: Routledge


White, G., Ruther, M. Kahn, J.R., and Dong, D. (2016). "Gender inequality amid educational expansion in India: An analysis of gender differences in the attainment of reading and mathematics skills." Journal of Research in Gender Studies, 6(2), pp. 153-182.

Desai, Sonalde, and Reeve Vanneman. 2015. "Enhancing Nutrition Security via India’s National Food Security Act: Using an axe instead of a scalpel?"" India Policy Forum Vol. 11. Shah, Shekhar, Arvind Panagariya and Subir Gokarn (Eds.) New Delhi: Sage.

Barik, Debasis, Tushar Agarwal, and Sonalde Desai. 2015. “After the Dividend: Caring for a Greying India.” Economic and Political Weekly, 50(24): 104-112.

Samanta, Tannistha, Feinian Chen, and Reeve Vanneman. 2014. "Living Arrangements and Health of Older Adults in India"Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70(8) 937-947.


Desai, Sonalde and Gheda Temsah. 2014. "Muslim and Hindu Women’s Public and Private Behaviors: Gender, Family and Communalized Politics in India" Demography, 51(6) 2307-2332.

Agarwal, Tushar. 2014. "Gender and Caste-based Wage Discrimination in India: Some Recent Evidence," Journal of Labour Market Research, 47:329-340.


Barik, Debasis & Sonalde Desai. 2013. "Determinants of Private Healthcare Utilization and Expenditure Patterns in India." Ch. 5 in IDFC India Infrastructure Report, The Road to Universal Health Coverage. Pp. 52-62.

Vanneman, Reeve and Amaresh Dubey. 2013. “Horizontal and Vertical Inequalities in India.” In Janet Gornick and Markus Jantti (eds.), Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries, Stanford CA: Stanford University Press.

Desai, Sonalde. 2013. "Women in Workforce: Burden of Success, Decline in Participation." Yojana, 57: 56-59.

Andrist, Lester, Banerji, Manjistha and Sonalde Desai. 2013. "Negotiating Marriage: Examining the Gap between Marriage and Cohabitation in India”, in . Editors: Ravinder Kaur and Rajni Palriwala edited, Marrying in South Asia: Shifting concepts, changing practices in a globalising world. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.

Desai, Sonalde and Amit Thorat. 2013. "Social Inequalities in Education” in Basu, Sambit (Editor) India Infrastructure Report, 2012: Private Sector in Education. New Delhi: Routledge. Pp. 44-52.


Vikram, Kriti, Reeve Vanneman, and Sonalde Desai. 2012. “Linkages between Maternal Education and Childhood Immunization in India.” Social Science & Medicine 75(July): 331-339.


Desai, Sonalde and Amaresh Dubey. 2011. "Caste in 21st Century India: Competing Narratives.” Economic and Political Weekly, 46(11): 40-49.


Desai, Sonalde and Lijuan Wu. 2010. “Structured Inequalities: Spatial Disparities in maternity Care in India,” Margin: A Journal of Applied Economics, 4(3): 293-320.

Desai, Sonalde and Lester Andrist. 2010. “Gender Scripts and Age at Marriage in India,” Demography. 47(3):667-687. Abstract

Desai, Sonalde. 2010. "Caste and Census: A Forward Looking Strategy," Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 45, No. 29 (JULY 17-23, 2010), pp. 10-13.

Desai, Sonalde. 2010. “The Other Half of the Demographic Dividend.” Economic and Political Weekly, 45(40): 12-14.


Desai, Sonalde, Cecily Adams, and Amaresh Dubey. 2009. “Segmented Schooling: Inequalities in Primary Education". In Sukhdeo Thorat and Katherine Newman (Eds.) Blocked by Caste: Discrimination and Social Exclusion in Modern India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Desai, Sonalde, Amaresh Dubey, Reeve Vanneman, and Rukmini Banerji. 2009. “Private Schooling in India: A New Landscape,” India Policy Forum Vol. 5. Pp. 1-58, Bery, Suman, Barry Bosworth and Arvind Panagariya (Editors). New Delhi: Sage.


Desai, Sonalde, and Manjistha Banerji. 2008. “Negotiated Identities: Male Migration and Left Behind Wives in India.” Journal of Population Research, 25(3):337-355.