Dr Sriya Iyer

Development economics, economics of religion, economic demography and education
Bibby Teaching Fellow & College Lecturer in Economics
Isaac Newton Trust Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Economics

Sriya received a BA (Hons) from the University of Delhi and a BA, MA, MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge (2000). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture, and is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). For her research she was awarded a Population Council Social Science Research Fellowship (1998-1999), a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2003), and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust, and the Cambridge-INET Institute. She is currently working on a range of projects including religiosity and mental health in the US, gender bias, and religion and electoral politics in South Asia, and she is currently writing a book on the economics of religion in India. She was awarded a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

  • Demography and Religion in India (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • ‘Real Options and Demographic Decisions’ (with C Velu), Journal of Development Economics, 80 (1), June 2006: 39-58
  • ‘Missing Women in the United Kingdom’ (with A Adamou and C Drakos), IZA Journal of Migration 10 (2), 2013
  • 'The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages’ (with S Joshi and Q Do), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3), July 2013: 904-918
  • ‘Communication and Marketing of Services by Religious Organizations in India’ (with C Velu and A Mumit), Journal of Business Research, 67 (2014): 59-67
  • 'The New Economics of Religion', forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Literature (2015)