Pallavi Choudhuri

Pallavi Choudhuri

Senior Fellow

Pallavi Choudhuri is a Senior Fellow at the NCAER-National Data Innovation Center (NDIC). Her primary research interests are in development, informality, poverty and inequality, and gender. At NDIC, her recent work has focused on leading experiments related to measurement gaps in income and consumption data and women’s time use. Prior to joining NCAER, Choudhuri taught courses in Economics at the Grand Valley State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She has a PhD. in Economics from the University of Wyoming.

Urban Exclusion: Rethinking Social Protection in the Wake of the Pandemic in India
Pallavi Choudhuri, Santanu Pramanik, Sonalde Desai

India’s Employment Challenges and the Demand for Skills
Pallavi Choudhuri
May 2021

Journal | World Development
Lack of Access to Clean Fuel and Piped Water and Children’s Educational Outcomes in Rural India
Pallavi Choudhuri | Sonalde Desai

Journal | Journal of Cleaner Production
Gender inequalities and household fuel choice in India, Journal of Cleaner Production
Pallavi Choudhuri | Sonalde Desai

Measurement Brief | NCAER National Data Innovation Centre
Urban Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey, Rounds 1 and 2
Pallavi Choudhuri | Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai

Report | NCAER
Skilling India – No Time To Lose
Bornali Bhandari | Pallavi Choudhuri | Mousumi Das | Saurabh Bandyopadhyay | Ajaya Kumar Sahu, et al…
October 2018

Journal | Economic & Political Weekly
Is Disinvestment of Air India Appropriate?, Economic and Political Weekly
Pallavi Choudhuri | R. Venkatesan

Report | NCAER
Building Synergies: Matching Business Reforms to Improved ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
Anushree Sinha | Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal | Pallavi Choudhuri | K Subbaraje Urs, et al
April 2017

Report | NCAER
The NCAER State Investment Potential Index (N-SIPI).
Indira Iyer | Poonam Munjal | Pallavi Choudhuri | Asrar Alam | K Subbaraje Urs, et al
March 2016

OPINION | Ideas for India
Urban exclusion: Rethinking social protection in India in the wake of Covid-19
Pallavi Choudhuri | Sonalde Desai | Santanu Pramanik
June 13, 2022

OPINION | The Indian Express
Why clean air and potable water has impact on education
Pallavi Choudhuri
June 7, 2021

Opinion | The Indian Express
A social registry linking Aadhaar to residence info can target aid to the vulnerable during a pandemic.
Pallavi Choudhuri | Sonalde Desai
November 28, 2020

  • Presenter, 5th IZA Labor Statistics Workshop, July 2022 (online)
  • Presenter, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2022, (Atlanta, GA)
  • Presenter, 3rd Economics Conference, Ahmedabad University, March 2022
  • Panelist, “Re-imagining Data Systems as if Women Counted” organised by NCAER, March 2022
  • Presenter, 16th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, hosted by ISI-Delhi, December 2021 (online)
  • Presenter, 2021 International Population Conference, hosted by IUSSP, December 2021 (online)
  • Presenter, Invited Seminar hosted jointly by the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) and Center for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics (DSE), 19 August 2021, New Delhi (online)
  • Presenter, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, May 2021, (online)
  • Commentator, Webinar on Time Use data and Its Uses, WEDGE of University of Maryland and EMERGE of UC San Diego (online)
  • Attended 5th meeting of the Sub-Committee 2 of the Standing Committee on Economic Statistics (SCES), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI), New Delhi, March 2021
  • Presenter, 6th International Conference on South Asian Economic Development, February 2021, New Delhi (online)
  • Presenter, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2020, Washington DC (online)
  • Attended meetings of the Working Group for Household Consumer Expenditure Survey (HCES), (MOSPI), New Delhi (HCES, member), 2020
  • Presenter, Sustainability and Development Conference at the University of Michigan, October 2019, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Presenter, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2019, Austin, Texas (poster)
  • Participant, Working Group session on Research Agenda at the Gender, Unpaid Work and Care: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hosted by ICRW & VVGNL, New Delhi, 8th March 2019
  • Attended the All India Workshop of Trainers for NSS 77th Round & Time Use Survey, organised by MOSPI at Guwahati
  • Attended Development Matters Roundtable discussion at the Center for Global Development, Washington D. C., USA, June 28, 2018
  • Presenter, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2018, Denver, Colorado (poster)
  • Presentation, NCAER News Skills At Work report at the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, New Delhi, April 19, 2018
  • Attended, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning (MEAL) workshop organized by SDPI – IDRC at UNESCAP, Bangkok, July 2017
  • Presenter, “Building Synergies: Matching Business Reforms to Improved Ease of Doing Business”, New Delhi – February 2017, IPE Hyderabad – January, 2017
  • Panelist, 7th CII Global Summit on Skill Development, Session: “Enabling Policy: Towards Quality & Inclusion”, Hyderabad, November, 2016
  • Presenter, “Skilling India: India’s 3E Challenge of Education, Employability, and Employment”, New Delhi, October 2016.


  • PhD Economics, University of Wyoming (U.S.A.), 2014
  • Masters Economics, Calcutta University, 2002
  • B.Sc. (Honors) Lady Brabourne College (Calcutta University), 2000

Research Interest

  • Economic Policy
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Gender
  • Human Development

Work Experience

  • April 2018 – Present Fellow, NCAER
  • 2015 – March 2018 Associate Fellow, NCAER
  • 2012 – 2015 Visiting Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University (Michigan, USA)
  • 2007 – 2008 Instructor, University of Wyoming (Wyoming, USA)
  • 2007 – 2008 Research Assistant for Dr. Sherrill Shaffer
  • 2004 – 2007 Teaching Assistant, University of Wyoming (Wyoming, USA)
  • 2001-2003 Financial Consultant, Standard Chartered Bank, Kolkata, India