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Dr. Sunaina Dhingra

Sunaina Dhingra is a Post-Doctoral Associate with the Tata-Cornell Institute. Her current research addresses the extent to which early childhood (pre-school) exposure to India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme affects cognitive, schooling and anthropometric outcomes once children age out of the intervention and begin to attend primary school. Her other research interest lies in examining the role of women’s bargaining power in intra-household decision making and how that may influence the gender bias in human capital investments on children. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the Delhi School Economics in March 2018 under the mentorship of Prof. JV Meenakshi and Dr. Deepti Goel. Her thesis attempts to evaluate the principal drivers of nutritional and education outcomes for children in rural India in general, and for girls in particular. Prior to joining TCI, she was employed by the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics as an Assistant Professor, where she provided teaching support to Master’s students in two courses: Microeconomics and a course on Indian Economic Policy and Development.