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Dr Indranil Dutta - research

Research interests

My research lies in the area of quantitative development economics and applied welfare economics.  Broadly, I am interested in understanding issues related to well-being, deprivation and distribution.  Within this, I am particularly interested in: measurement issues related to indicators of well-being and deprivation and the political economy issues associated with poverty and inequality

Current Research Projects:

There are several projects that I am engaged in currently:


  • Inequality and corruption: The missing link, (with A. Mishra, University of Bath).
  • An Analysis of Market linkage with Incomplete Information: Application to Competition, Corruption and Inequality, (with A. Mishra)
  • Persistence of inequality in the presence of Corruption (with A. Mishra)

Welfare and Deprivation

  • Inequality of Happiness (with James Foster, Vanderbilt)
  • Millennium Development Goals: Successes and Failures. (with David Hulme and Susan Steiner, BWPI).
  • A New Measure of Vulnerability: An Axiomatic Characterizaton (with James Foster and Ajit Mishra)
  • Health Inequality and Deprivation (with Mark McGillivray, AUSAID)


  • Does inequality lead to conflict? A bargaining theoretic approach, (with A. Mishra).
  • HIV and State Fragility (with A. Barnett, LSE)
  • A dynamic model of conflict (with S. Bannerjee, BITS, India)