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Prof. Ankur Sarin

Public Systems Group


Educational Qualifications

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

BA (Economics), Bates College


Full Time Work Experience

2007-         Faculty, IIM Ahmedabad

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



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

2015           Board Member, Vaya Finance

2014           Visiting Faculty (Social Entrepreneurship), IIM Udaipur

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

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

2010-2012  Board Member, SKS Trust Advisors Private Limited




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 (

Area of Research


Current Research


Publications/ Articles/ Cases

Peer Reviewed

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


Other Publications



Commissioned Research Studies

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

As a member of the faculty in the Public Systems Group and Ravi J Mathai Center for Education Innovation have undertaken the following unpaid research studies:


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


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


Innovations in Child Social Protection Policies.  Published following reports under research project funded by UNICEF.


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.


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)


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.


Paid Studies/Consulting

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

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

Awards & Honors

Year Awards & Honors

Love and guidance from those around me. Everything else is fairly meaningless. No?



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