Prof. Ambrish Dongre

Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D. (Economics), University of California, Santa Cruz (USA)

M.A. (Economics), Univeristy of Mumbai

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor (Sept. 2017- ), Ravi J Matthai Centre for Education Innovation, Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

Fellow (March 2014- August 2017), Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Senior Researcher (August 2010- February 2014), Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Professional Affiliation

 

 

PGP/ MBA

Experiments in Business and Policy Decision-making (joint)

Challenges in Indian School Education Sector

FPM/ Doctoral

Economics of Education

Change and Innovation in Education

Analysing and Evaluating Education Policy (joint)

Causal Inference in Social Policy (joint)

Area of Research

 

Development Economics with focus on Education and Health

 

Current Research

Under Review

Can a mandate for inclusion change school choices for disadvantaged parents? –Evidence from Urban India (with Ankur Sarin and Karan Singhal)

Publications / Articles / Cases

 

Refereed Journal Articles

 

Pain without Gain?: Impact of School Rationalisation in India, with Vibhu Tewary, International Journal of Education Development, Vol 72; Available here https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2019.102142

 

Too much care? Private health care sector and surgical interventions during childbirth in India, with Mitul Surana (forthcoming in Economic & Political Weekly)

Status of Implementation of Section 12(1)(c) of the Right to Education Act: Findings from a Nation-wide Study with Ankur Sarin, Praveen Khanghta et al, Economic & Political Weekly, 2018, Vol 53 Issue 8

Do Private Tuitions improve Learning Outcomes?: Evidence from India using ASER Data with Vibhu Tewary, Economic & Political Weekly, 2015,Vol L No 41, pp 72-80

How is Janani Suraksha Yojana performing in Backward Districts of India?, with Avani Kapur, Economic & Political Weekly, 2013, Vol. 48, No. 42, pp 53-59

Non-refereed publications

Trends in Public Expenditure on Elementary Education in India with Avani Kapur, Economic & Political Weekly, 2016, Vol LI No 39, pp 23-25

Do Gram Panchayats Get Their Money? An Analysis of the State of Fiscal Devolution in Birbhum, West Bengal with Yamini Aiyar and Anirvan Chowdhury in ‘Decentralistion, Governance and Development: An Indian Perpsective', (ed. Pranab Kumar Das), Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., India

Structural Breaks in India's Growth: Revisiting the Debate with Longer Term Perspective, (with N. Hatekar), Economic & Political Weekly, 2005, Vol. 40, No. 14, pp 1432-1435. Also included in the volume ‘Economic Reforms and Growth in India (Essays from Economic & Political Weekly)', (ed. Pulapre Balakrishnan), Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., India

Policy Reports

State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(C), 2017, IIM-A, Centre for Policy Research and Central Square Foundation

PAISA District Studies (Rural), Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research),

PAISA District Surveys: Mid Day Meal Scheme (2012), Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research) and ASER, June 2013

PAISA 2012: Do Schools Get Their Money, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research) and ASER, March 2013

PAISA 2011: Do Schools Get Their Money, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research) and ASER, March 2012

PAISA District Studies (Rural), Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research), ASER & National Institute of Public Finance & Policy (NIPFP), Delhi, December 2011

PAISA 2010: Do Schools Get Their Money, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research), ASER & National Institute of Public Finance & Policy (NIPFP), Delhi, March 2011

Chapters in Policy Reports

Reimbursements to Private Schools: Rules Vs. Practice in State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(C), 2015, IIM-A, Central Square Foundation, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research), Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, March 2016

Per Child Recurring Cost and Reimbursements: Issues and Way Forward in State of the Nation: RTE Section 12(1)(C) IIM-A, Central Square Foundation, Accountability Initiative (Centre for Policy Research), Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, March 2015

Janani Suraksha Yojana, Institutional Deliveries and Maternal Mortality: What does evidence say? in India Infrastructure Report 2013-14: Road to Universal Health Coverage, IDFC Foundation, India (published by Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd.), December 2014

Working Papers

Education Reforms, Bureaucracy and the Puzzles of Implementation: A Case Study from Bihar with Yamini Aiyar and Vincy Davis, November 2015

Rules vs Responsiveness: Towards building an Outcome-focused Approach to governing Elementary Education Finances in India with Yamini Aiyar, Avani Kapur, Anit Mukherjee and T.R. Raghunandan, May 2015

How much does India spend on Elementary Education? with Avani Kapur, October 2014

Can Conditional Cash Transfers impact Institutional Deliveries: Evidence from Janani Suraksha Yojana in India, November 2013

 

Conferences (presented/ accepted) (2018-2019 onward)

 

 - Conferenec on Exclusion, Inclusion and Equity, Organised by Comparative Education Society of India (CESI), to be held at JNU, New Delhi, December 2019

 - 44th American Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (March 2019)

 - 5th International Conferenec on South Asian Economic Development (February 2019)

 - Strengthening Public Health System in the Context of Universal Health Coverage,  7th Annual Conference organized by Indian Health Economics and Policy Association (January 2019)

 - 14th Annual Conferenec on Growth and Development, Indian Statistical Institute (December 2018)

 - NFHS IV Consortium jointly organized by Brookings India and NITI Aayog (April 2018)

 

 

Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors
   

 

 

Where women stand in economics academia, November 9, 2019, The Hindu BusinessLine (co-authored with Karan Singhal and Upasak Das)

 

Understanding School Choices under RTE's 25% Mandate, Ideas for India, September 16, 2019, with Ankur Sarin and Karan Singhal

 

New Education Policy ignores universality of Learning that RTE Ensures, Focuses on Autonomy of Private Schools, Firstpost, June 20, 2019, with Ankur Sarin and Kanika Verma

 

C-section Deliveries and the Role of Private Health Sector in India, July 23, 2018, Ideas for India (co-authored with Mitul Surana)

 

Barriers in Accessing Applications under RTE Quota in Gujarat, October 30, 2017, Ideas for India (co-authored with Ishu Gupta, Ankur Sarin, Karan Singhal and Nisha Vernekar)

 

Reservation under RTE: Status of Implementation and Way Forward, January 11, 2016, Ideas for India (co-authored with Ankur Sarin)

 

Education reforms and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar – II, October 16, 2015, Ideas for India (co-authored with Yamini Aiyar and Vincy Davis)

 

Education reforms and frontline administrators: A case study from Bihar - I, October 15, 2015, Ideas for India (co-authored with Yamini Aiyar and Vincy Davis)

 

A good way to implement RTE, April 6, 2015, The Daily Pioneer

 

How much does India spend on Elementary Education?, February 2, 2015, Ideas for India (co-authored with Avani Kapur)  

 

Do Private Tuitions improve Learning Outcomes?, August 13, 2014, Ideas for India (co-authored with Vibhu Tewary)

 

A Crisis of Implementation, Indian Express, October 23, 2012 (co-authored with Yamini Aiyar)

 

On RTE, Do the Math, Indian Express, June 1, 2012

 

Media mentions

 

My work (with Mitul Surana, doctoral student (Economics area, IIM-A)) on role of private sector health providers on probability of C-sections was picked up by media such as Business Standard, Times of India, Bloomberg Quint and a number of prominent regional newspapers.

This research was also cited by the honourable Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu in his convocation address at the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysuru, Karnataka.

My work (with Prof. Ankur Sarin and Karan Singhal) on 25% quota in private schools for economically weaker and disadvantaged sections was picked up by the Mint.

 

 
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