Kanika Mahajan is an Associate Professor of Economics at Ashoka University. Her primary research interests include labor, gender and agriculture. Additionally, she is interested in the distributional consequences of economic growth across demographic groups and firms.
As part of her current research agenda on gender and labor, she is working on issues around stagnation of women’s labor force participation in India – exploring both the supply side and the demand side linkages using data from digital platforms as well as secondary households and firms. The impact of public policy on the labor market forms a major fulcrum of her research. Her other ongoing research examines the growth and resilience of firms in India and its implications for labor, capital and trade.
Previously, she has worked at Ambedkar University Delhi as an Assistant Professor of Economics from 2015-2017 where she taught courses on development economics, econometrics, statistics and microeconomic theory. She obtained her Ph.D. in Quantitative Economics from the Economics and Planning Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, in 2015. She completed her undergraduate studies in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.