Academic Profile

Dr Sriya Iyer
Bibby Fellow and College Lecturer in Economics, St. Catharine's College
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Economics
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Research interests: Development Economics, Social Economics, Empirical Microeconomics 

Specific: Religion, Demography, Education, Poverty, Inequality

Curriculum Vitae



2018. (Under contract) The Economics of Religion in India, Harvard University Press

2002. Demography and Religion in India, Oxford University Press

Journal Articles

2016. 'The New Economics of Religion' Journal of Economic Literature, 54: 2, June, pp. 395-441 (lead article).

2014. ‘Communication and Marketing of Services by Religious Organizations in India’ (with C. Velu and A. Mumit) Journal of Business Research, 67, pp. 59-67.

2013. ‘Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography’ (with S. Joshi) Journal of South Asian Development 8(3), pp. 301-331.

2013. ‘Why Marry a Cousin? Insights from Bangladesh’ (with S. Joshi and Q. Do).  In Marrying in South Asia, edited by Ravinder Kaur  and Rajni Parliwala, Orient Black Swan, pp. 208-233.

2013. ‘Missing Women in the United Kingdom’ (with A. Adamou and C. Drakos) IZA Journal of Migration Volume 10, Issue 2.

2013. ‘The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages’ (with S. Joshi and Q. Do) Review of Economics and Statistics, July, 95(3), pp.904-918.

2012. ‘Dominance and Innovation: A Returns-Based Beliefs Approach’ (with C. Velu and J. Gair), Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry, Volume 28, Issue 3, 264–281, May/June.

2009. ‘Gender, Religion and the Age at Marriage in India'. In M. Pal, P. Bharati, B. Ghosh and T. S. Vasulu eds. Gender and Discrimination: Health, Nutritional Status and Role of Women in India, Oxford University Press.

2008. ‘Religion and Economic Development’ In Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Second Edition, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2007. ‘The Effectiveness of Jobs Reservation: Caste, Religion and Economic Status in India’ (with V. K. Borooah and A. Dubey), Development and Change, Volume 38, Number 3, May, pp. 423-445.

2006. ‘Real Options and Demographic Decisions’ (with C. Velu), Journal of Development Economics, Volume 80, Number1, June, pp. 39-58.

2006. ‘Human Capital’. In David A. Clark ed. The Elgar Companion to Development Studies. North-Holland.

2005. ‘The Decomposition of Inter-Group Differences in a Logit Model: Extending the Oaxaca-Blinder Approach with an Application to School Enrolment in India’ (with V. Borooah), Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Volume 30, Number 4, pp. 279-293.

2005. ‘Vidya, Veda and Varna: The Influence of Religion and Caste on Education in Rural India’ (with V. Borooah), Journal of Development Studies, Volume 81, Number 4, November, pp.1369-1404.

2005. ‘Social Capital, Economic Growth, and Regional Development’ (with M. Kitson and B. Toh), Regional Studies, Volume 39, Number 8, November, pp. 1015-1040.

2005. ‘Religion, Literacy, and the Female-to-Male Ratio in India’, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 40, Number 5, pp. 419-427.

2004. 'The Risk of Child and Adolescent Mortality among Vulnerable Populations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil', (with M. Monteiro), Journal of Biosocial Science, pp.1- 24.

2003. ‘Religion, Reproduction and Development in Contemporary India’, Development, Volume 46, Number 4, December.

2002. ‘Religion and the Decision to use Contraception in India’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 4, Number 1, pp. 711-722.

Working Papers

Holy Wars? Temple Desecrations in Medieval India (with Rohit Ticku and Anand Shrivastava), January 2017.
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1705
Cambridge-INET Working Papers WP1703

How Fundamentalism Takes Root: A Simulation Study (with Daniel Friedman, Jijian Fan, Jonathan Gair, Bartosz Redlicki and Chander Velu), December 2016.

Cambridge-INET Working Papers WP1628

Religious Riots and Electoral Politics in India (with Anand Shrivastava), January 2017.
IZA Discussion Paper 9522
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1536.
Cambridge-INET Working Papers WP1518

Religion and Depression in Adolescence (with Jane Cooley Fruehwirth and Anwen Zhang), December 2016.
IZA Discussion Paper 9652
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 1602
Cambridge-INET Working Papers WP1601.

Probabalistic Choice Models (with Chander Velu and Jonathan Gair), January 2017.

Divine Competition: Religious Organizations and Service Provision in India (with Chander Velu and Melvyn Weeks), 2016.

The Evolution of Cooperation through Communication: A Field Experiment in Cambridge (with Chander Velu and Abdul Mumit), 2016.

Other Writing

'Temples and Economists', THE WHEEL publication, St. Catharine's College, June 2015.

'Faith, Fertility and the Field Economist', The British Academy Review, Number 7, pp. 33-35, 2003.


The New Economics of Religion, February 2016


International Economic Association Roundtable on The Economics of Religion, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 10-11 July 2017.

Link to Cambridge Roundtable Website.