Published Articles



Chatterjee, Esha, Reeve Vanneman and Sonalde Desai. Forthcoming. “Indian paradox: Rising education, declining women’s employment.” Demographic Research.


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.  




Myroniuk, Tyler W., Reeve Vanneman, Sonalde Desai, (2017). “Getting a Child through Secondary School and to College in India: The Role of Household Social Capital”. Sociology of Development, Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2017; (pp. 24-46),

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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.




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






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.