Faculty & Research

Tarun Jain


Tarun Jain is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and serves as an Associate Editor at Economic Modelling. Previously, he was on the faculty at the Indian School of Business. His research focuses on understanding causes and consequences of human capital formation (for instance, with education and health), especially in the context of fast-growing developing countries. Gender is a topic of special research interest given that women face persistent barriers in economic advancement. His research has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Growth Centre, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Public Economics, and featured in the New York Times, The Economist, the Times of India and Indian Express. He has written for media outlets such as the Economic Times, The Hindu and Mint, among others.

Professor Jain earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia, and his BA from Franklin and Marshall College. Before his PhD, he was a management consultant with Charles River Associates in Washington DC and Oliver Wyman in Boston.

Professor Jain teaches the core course on Microeconomics and an elective in Health Economics in the MBA program at IIM Ahmedabad, as well as a PhD elective on Organizational Economics. At the ISB, he taught courses in Managerial Economics and Information Economics. He has written several Harvard Business case studies that are used by universities around the world.


Primary Area : Economics


Email : tarunj@iima.ac.in

Phone : +91-79-7152 4955

Secretary : Snehal Jethwa

Phone : +91-79-7152 7931

Website : Personal Website


B.A. , Mathematics and Economics, Franklin and Marshall College

Ph.D., Economics, University of Virginia


Microeconomics for PGP 1, 2019

More details on teaching, including published case studies, past courses and syllabi, are found here.


Research Area

Development economics

Labor economics

Public economics.

Academic Experience

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 2019-Present

Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business, 2009 - 2019