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Dr Sriya Iyer


Subject: Economics

Development Economics, Religion, Health, Education, Inequality.
Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics
University Reader in Economics, Faculty of Economics

Sriya Iyer is a University Reader in the Faculty of Economics and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College. She read for a BA (Hons) in Economics in Delhi University and then a BA, MA, MPhil and PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge. Her research is in the fields of development economics, economics of religion, health and education. Her research spans many countries including India, Kenya, Bangladesh, Brazil, UK and USA. For the past decade Sriya has been contributing to developing a new field of research called the economics of religion, in which she uses economic methods to study religion. She has published three books on Demography and Religion in India (Oxford University Press 2002), The Economics of Religion in India (Harvard University Press 2018) and Advances in the Economics of Religion (Palgrave Macmillan 2019); as well as articles in leading journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Literature, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics. Her recent book on India was a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2018. Sriya is a Research Fellow of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA),  a Fellow of the Global Labor Organization, was on the Board of Directors of ASREC, and on the India Advisory Board of the Pew Research Centre. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Religion and Demography, and the Journal of Economics, Religion and Management. She was Deputy Chair of the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2020; and she organised an International Economic Association Roundtable on The Economics of Religion in Cambridge in 2017. In 2014, Sriya was awarded a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence.

 S. Iyer and M. Weeks. 2020. ‘Social Interactions, Ethnicity, Religion and Fertility in Kenya’. Journal of Demographic Economics (forthcoming).
L. Chaudhary, J. Rubin, S. Iyer and A. Shrivastava. 2020. ‘Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games.’ Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 173, May: 107-129.
J-P Carvalho, S. Iyer and J. Rubin (Eds.) 2019. Advances in the Economics of Religion, International Economic Association Series Volume 158, Palgrave Macmillan.

The Economics of Religion in India (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018)
 Demography and Religion in India (Oxford University Press, 2002)
 'Religion and Depression in Adolescence' (with J. Fruehwirth and A. Zhang), Journal of Political Economy (2018), forthcoming
 'Religious Riots and Electoral Politics in India' (with A. Shrivastava), Journal of Development Economics (2018), 131, March: 104-122
 'The New Economics of Religion', Journal of Economic Literature (2016)  54: 2, June: 395-441
 '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 Economics of Consanguineous Marriages' (with S Joshi and Q Do), The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(3), July 2013: 904-918
 'Missing Women in the United Kingdom' (with A Adamou and C Drakos), IZA Journal of Migration 10 (2), 2013
 'Real Options and Demographic Decisions' (with C Velu), Journal of Development Economics, 80 (1), June 2006: 39-58

Pilikington Prize for Excellence in University Teaching, 2014