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Dr Sriya Iyer


Subject: Economics

Development economics, economics of religion, economic demography and education
Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Economics
University Reader in Economics, 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 of Labor Economics (IZA). She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Demography. 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 insurance in Brazil; and religion, credit and labour markets in India. Her book on The Economics of Religion in India was published by Harvard University Press in 2018. She was awarded a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

 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