Faculty & Research

Ankur Sarin


Primary Area : Public Systems Group

Secondary Area : Economics , Ravi J. Matthai Centre For Educational Innovation


Email : asarin@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4826

Secretary : Pritesh Parmar

Phone : +91-79-7152 7973

Website : Personal Website


Ph.D, Public Policy, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

BA, Economics, Bates College



Courses Taught:

Post-Graduate Compulsory: Socio-Cultural Environment of Business; Government Systems and the Policy Process; Microeconomics

Post-Graduate Electives: Social Entrepreneurship; Investigating Corporate Social Irresponsibility; Public Policy; Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference in Social Policy; Practice of Social Business;

Doctoral: Public Policy; Research Methods (Quantitative); Analysing and Evaluating Education Policy; Methods for Policy Analysis and Research

Undergraduate (Ashoka University): Social Entrepreneurship; Challenging Corporate Social Irresponsibility

Right to Education Resource Center: Action research project facilitating the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (https://sites.google.com/iima.ac.in/rterc)

Academic Experience

Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad, 2007

Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Princeton, 2004-07

Professional Experience

Visiting Faculty (Social Entrepreneurship; Challenging Corporate Social Irresponsibility), Ashoka University, 2016-18

Board Member, Vaya Finance, 2015

Visiting Faculty (Social Entrepreneurship), IIM Udaipur, 2014

Co-chairperson, Admissions Committee, IIM-A, 2013-14

Chairperson, Public Systems Group, IIM-A, 2010-2012

Board Member, SKS Trust Advisors Private Limited, 2010-2012

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Funded Research Projects

Innovation in Secondary Education: Pratham Open School of Education. As part of research project funded by Pratham. August 2014-July 2015; June 2017-October 2018.

Financial Sustainability of Community Video Units (CVUs): Need for a network. Report submitted to Video Volunteers. January 2013 (with Amit Deshwal and Swati Gupta). Research project funded by Video Volunteers.

Education Systems Reform. Research project funded by Central Square Foundation and Education Development Trust. March 2016-September 2017.

Evaluation of LAMP Pathways project, a pilot on increasing demand for secondary education. Research project funded by American Indian Foundation Trust.


"Foot-March: Large Scale Mobilization for a Public Cause or a Tool for Fanning Political Ambition". Journal of Public Affairs (forthcoming) (with Astha Agarwal and Ishu Gupta)

"Supporting and Sustaining State-Initiated Women's Empowerment: Learning from a National Program in India". Journal of International Development (forthcoming) (with Vijaya Sherry Chand)

"Implementation of Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act." Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 53, no. Issue No. 8 (2018) (with Ambrish Dongre, Praveen Khanghta, Nishank Varshney, Akriti Gaur, and Ajey Sengai).

"‘I Show Off, so I Am Well Off': Subjective Economic Well-Being and Conspicuous Consumption in an Emerging Economy." Journal of Business Research. Accessed August 1, 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2017.05.027 (with Saravana Jaikumar and Ramendra Singh)

"Co-Production of Frugal Innovation: Case of Low Cost Reverse Osmosis Water Filters in India." Journal of Cleaner Production, August 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.065 ( with Annala, L and J.L. Green)

"Conspicuous Consumption and Income Inequality in an Emerging Economy: Evidence from India." Marketing Letters, February 4, 2015. doi:10.1007/s11002-015-9350-5 (with Saravana Jaikumar)

"Quotas under the Right to Education: Not Leading towards an Egalitarian Education System." Economic and Political Weekly, Special Article, 49, no. 38 (September 2014): 65–72 (with Swati Gupta)

"A voice for the voiceless: peer-to-peer mobile phone networks for a community radio service",Information Development, Volume 28, Issue 1, Pages 68-79, doi:10.1177/0266666911424073, February 2012 (with Kavitha Ranganathan).

"A longitudinal study of food security and weight change among women" Journal of Nutrition, Volume 137, Issue 9, Pages 2134-2139, September 2007 (with Robert Whitaker).

"An Assessment of Some Mechanisms Linking Income Inequality and Infant Mortality." Social Science and Medicine, Volume 60, Issue 3, February 2005, Pages 439-455 (with Susan Mayer)

"To Share or Not to Share: An Analysis of Incentives to Contribute in Collaborative File-Sharing Environments." Workshop on Economics of Peer-to-Peer Systems, Berkeley, CA, June 2003 (with Kavitha Ranganathan, Matei Ripeanu, and Ian Foster).

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"Role of Elected Local Representatives in Social Protection Strategies of Children." Knowledge Management and Innovation for Change (KMIC). 2018. Gandhinagar: UNICEF State Office for Gujarat. (with Astha Agarwalla, and Ishu Gupta)

"On the Implementation of Vidya Lakshmi Yojana in Gujarat."2018. Knowledge Management and Innovation for Change (KMIC). Gandhinagar: UNICEF State Office for Gujarat. (with Karan Singhal)

"Landscape Analysis of Child rights in Gujarat."2018. Knowledge Management and Innovation for Change (KMIC). Gandhinagar: UNICEF State Office for Gujarat. (with Nisha Vernekar)

"Understanding and Changing Adversarial Parental Perceptions About Government Schools in Ahmedabad." 2018. Knowledge Management and Innovation for Change (KMIC). Gandhinagar: UNICEF State Office for Gujarat. (with Nisha Vernekar)

Economic Impact Assessment of Tata Nano Project in Gujarat (July 2013-April 2014) (with Arvind Sahay and Vishwanath Pingali)

State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(c). Annual Reports( 2015, 2016, 2017). Joint reports with Central Square Foundation, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research) and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. March 2015 (with Sunaina Kuhn and others) as part of project, " RTE and Social Inclusion in Schools". Research project funded by Central Square Foundation. September 2014.

Mahila Samakhya 2014: A National Review. Evaluation commissioned by Ministry of Human Resource Development. November 2014 (with Vijaya Sherry Chand and Advaita Marathe)

"A survey of usage of mobiles in poor urban areas." The Policy Paper Series, Number 9, January 2009, Pages 34-50 (with Rekha Jain)

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Other Publications

“Involve Elected Reps to Tackle Localised Crisis.” Ahmedabad Mirror, April 26, 2020.

“Coronavirus Relief Work: Who Needs to Be Accountable to Whom?” Scroll.in, May 15, 2020.

“How India Can Boost Social Impact Investing.” Livemint, August 14, 2020, New Delhi edition, sec. Markets. .

“In Search Of New Ethos: Book Review of ‘The Third Pillar.’” Business Today, May 5, 2019.

“Indecent Proposals in Economics.” The India Forum, November 2019.

“Going by the Evidence: Book Review of ‘Good Economics for Hard Times.’” India Today, December 23, 2019.

"Implementing the Right to Education: Creation of ‘Knowdents.'" NORRAG Special Issue, no. 1 (January 2018): 106–8. Invited Contribution (with Ashish Ranjan)

"Alternative Organisations: Spaces for Contestation." In Alternative Organisations in India, edited by Devi Vijay and Rohit Varman, 1st ed., 225–44. Cambridge University Press, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108381000.009. (with MS Sriram)

"Reading into ‘25,000 Crore Loss.'" Economic and Political Weekly Vol. 51, no. Issue No. 3 (2016) (with Aditi Thakur)

"A Case for Leapfrogging the Digital Divide." In Digital Debates: CyFy Journal 2015. GP-ORF Series. London: Global Policy and Observer Research Foundation., 2015 (with Kavitha Ranganathan).

"Vocational Education: Skillful Use of Public Funds?" Vikalpa 37, no. 3. Colloquium: Preparing a Globally Competitive Skilled Workforce for Indian Economy: Emerging Trends and Challenges (September 2012)

"Learning from Impact Assessment of e-Governance Projects in India" in P. Gupta P., R.K. Bagga and S.Ayaluri (eds.), Enablers of Change: Selected e-Governance Initiatives in India, Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press, 2010 ( with Bhatnagar, S.C and others)

"All Walls Come Down." The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2009.

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Teaching Area

Analyzing and Evaluating Educational Policy