Dr. Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar
Vidya Bharathi Rajkumar earned her PhD in applied economics and management from Cornell University in 2021. She is now an assistant professor of economics at Krea University in Sri City, India. Her research interests lie in the field of development economics and public policy, with a special focus on studying development issues through a gender lens. As a TCI scholar at Cornell, her research focused on understanding the impact of male outmigration on the women and children left behind in India’s agrarian areas. Prior to joining Cornell, Vidya worked with a team of economists at J-PAL India headed by Dr. Sendhil Mullainathan, on an impact evaluation study aimed at understanding the impact of chronic physical pain on productivity and cognitive function. Vidya holds a master’s degree in economics from Madras School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Stella Maris College at the University of Madras.