Barua, Rashmi

Rashmi Barua teaches at the Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). Prior to that, she has taught at Singapore Management University and Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. A native of India, she has a Ph.D. (2009) in Economics from Boston University.

Research interests

Her research interest lies in the intersection of economics of education and labor markets. Some of the issues that she has worked on include early childhood education, female labor supply, labor market effects of skilling programs, and financial literacy among international migrants. Most of her research has been a mix of methodological contributions, including randomized evaluations, and empirical applications that are guided by sound economic theory.


She has advised several MPhil and PhD students who are successfully placed in academic institutions across India and in government organizations like the Reserve Bank of India.

Grants and consultancy

  • World Bank South Asia Gender Innovation Lab (SAR GIL) Short Term Grant, November 2022
  • JPAL Cash Transfer for Child Health Initiative, October 2021
  • Azim Premji Research Grants, December 2018
  • University of Sydney India Development Fund, September 2017
  • Citi IPA Financial Capability Research Fund (FCRF), October 2013
  • SMU Research Grant, March 2012 and November 2010,
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) Partnership Development Grant, April 2013
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant, 2006-07, USD 15,000
  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Silver Security (CSS), Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics (SKBI), 2010 – 2015
  • Consultant Economist, the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC), Australia, 2012-2013
  • Consultant Economist, Outline India, New Delhi 2010 to 2011



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