Dr Vidhya Unnikrishnan

Lecturer in Development Economics

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My research is at the intersection of Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics and Public Policy. My thesis focused on the effect of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, a social assistance program targeted on the poor elderly in India. I examine three essential questions; first, on how political and social networks affect access to this program; second, if the program impacts the household welfare of the recipients. In the last and the third part of the research, I look into the welfare effects generated when women receive this program. 

External positions

Consultant, ODI

25 Apr 201931 Oct 2019

Research Assistant, Indian Council of Research on International Economic Relations


Analyst, Infosys Technologies Ltd


Areas of expertise

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester (2014 - 2019)
  • Master of Science, Economics, Madras School of Economics (2006 - 2008)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Ethiraj Collge (2003 - 2006)

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