Mehtabul Azam Assistant Professor Department of Economics Personal Website

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Mehtabul Azam’s primary research interests are in the area of development and labor. Specific topics that he has examined include teacher quality, returns to language skills, wage inequality, intra-household allocation, and intergenerational mobility. He also has worked on numerous policy issues for The World Bank, International Labor Organization (ILO), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His research has been published or accepted for publication in scholarly journals including Journal of Development Economics, Demography, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, and Journal of Development Studies.


Ph D, Southern Methodist UniversityEconomics2009
MA, Southern Methodist UniversityEconomics2007
MA, Delhi School of EconomicsEconomics2001
BA, University of Delhi, IndiaEconomics1999


Francis N. Makamu, Mehtabul Azam & Harounan Kazianga. (2018). "Returns to Controlling a Neglected Tropical Disease: Schistosomiasis Control Programme and Education Outcomes in Nigeria". Journal of African Economies.

Mehtabul Azam. (2017). "Does Social health insurance reduce financial burden? Panel Data Evidence from India". World Development. 102 (C), 1-17.

Mehtabul Azam & Saing Chan . (2017). "Is there really a trade-off? Family Size and Investment in Child Quality in India". The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Mehtabul Azam & Vipul Bhatt. (2017). "Spatial Income Inequality in India, 1993‐2011: A Decomposition Analysis". Social Indicators Research.

Mehtabul Azam. (2017). "Explaining Caste Differences in Private School Attendance". Review of Development Economics. 21 (4), 1191-1204.

Mehtabul Azam. (2016). "Intergenerational Educational Persistence among Daughters: Evidence from India". The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Chanha Saing & Mehtabul Azam. (2016). "Assessing the Impact of District Primary Education Program in India". Review of Development Economics.

Mehtabul Azam. (2016). "Income Inequality in India 2004-2012: Role of Alternative Income sources". Economics Bulletin. 36 (2), 1160-1169.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "Impact of Private Secondary Schooling on Cognitive Skills: Evidence from India". Education Economics.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "Intergenerational Occupational Mobility among men in India". Journal of Development Studies. 51 (10), 1389-1408.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "Private Tutoring: Evidence from India". Review of Development Economics.

Mehtabul Azam & Geeta Kingdon. (2015). "Assessing Teacher Quality in India". Journal of Development Economics. 117, 74-83.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "A Distributional Analysis of Public Private Wage Differential in India". LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations. 29 (4), 394-414.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "Like Father, Like Son? Intergenerational Education Mobility in India". Demography. 52 (6), 1929-1959.

Mehtabul Azam. (2015). "Assessing Teacher Quality in India". Ideas for India.

Mehtabul Azam & G. Kingdon. (2013). "Are girls the fairer sex in India? Revisiting intra-household allocation of education expenditure". World Development. 42 (C), 143-164.

Mehtabul Azam, M. Ajwad & C. Ferre. (2013). "Can public works programs mitigate the impact of crises in Europe? The case of Latvia, IZA". Journal of European Labor Studies. 2 (10)

Mehtabul Azam, Nishith Prakash & Aimee Chin. (2013). "The Returns to English-Language Skills in India". Economic Development and Cultural Change. 61 (2)

Mehtabul Azam. (2013). "Does it pay to speak English in India?". Ideas for India.

Mehtabul Azam. (2012). "A Distributional Analysis of Social Group Inequality in Rural India". Journal of International Development. 24 (4), 415-432.

Mehtabul Azam. (2012). "Changes in Wage Structure in urban India 1983-2004: A quantile Regression Decomposition". World Development. 40 (6), 1135-1150.

Mehtabul Azam & Abusaleh Shariff. (2011). "Income Inequality in Rural India: Decomposing the Gini by Income Sources". Economics Bulletin. 31 (1), 739-748.

Mehtabul Azam. (2010). "India's Rising Skill Premium: Role of Demand and Supply". The Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy. 10 (1)

Mehtabul Azam & Andreas Blom. (2009). "Progress of Participation in Tertiary Education in India from 1993 to 2004,". Journal of Educational Planning and Administration. XXIII (2), 125-167.

Mehtabul Azam, Kin Bing wu, Pete Goldschmidt & Christy K. Boscardin. (2007). "Girls in India: Poverty, Location, and Social Disparities in M. Lewis and M. Lockheed (eds.), \Exclusion, Gender and Education: Case Studies from the Developing World"". Washington, DC: Center for Global Development.

Awards and Honors

Research Fellow, Global Labor Organisation (GLO) (2017)
Research Fellow, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) (2012)