Dr. Surya Nath Maiti

Assistant Professor 



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Dr. Surya Nath Maiti joined SNU Chennai as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Science and Humanities on 4th September 2023. He has over 7 years of experience in academics.

He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Scottish Church College, University of Calcutta, Master’s in Economics from Banaras Hindu University and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Prior to his association with SNU Chennai, he has served as an Assistant Professor in BIT Mesra. He was associated earlier with IIT Gandhinagar as a post-doctoral fellow.

He has presented several research papers in National and International Conferences such as Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development (ISI Delhi), Winter School (Delhi School of Economics) and Development Economics Conference (Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, UK) & published articles in reputed Journals like Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Social Indicators Research and Journal of Demographic Economics.


Assistant Professor 

September 2023 – Current     

School of Science and Humanities, SNU Chennai


Assistant Professor                                                                                                Nov 2022 – August 2023

Centre for Quantitative Economics and Data Science, BIT Mesra

Post-doctoral Fellow                                                                                             April 2022 – October 2022

Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Gandhinagar


Department Of Economic Sciences,IIT Kanpur                                                      July 2016 – May 2022

PhD Economics

Department Of Economics,Banaras Hindu University                                                July 2012 – June 2014

Masters of Arts in Economics

Scottish Church College, University of Calcut                                                          July 2009 – June 2012

Bachelors of Science in Economics


Applied Microeconomics with particular interest in Development, Health and Labour Economics


Don’t judge a book by its cover: The role  of  intergroup  contact  in  reducing  prejudice  in conflict settings with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur), Sarani Saha (IIT Kanpur) and Russell Smyth (Monash University) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization [ Scimago Q1, ABDC A*] (Job market paper )

Caste, awareness and inequality in access to maternal and child health programs: Evidence from India with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur) and Sarani Saha (IIT Kanpur) Social Indicators Research [ Scimago Q1, ABDC A]

Child marriage and reproductive health of Indian women with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur), Manoj Maharia (IIT Kanpur) and Abhishek Gautam (ICRW) Journal of Demographic Economics [ Scimago Q1, ABDC B]

Family planning campaigns on television and contraceptive use in India with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur), Abhishek Gautam (ICRW), Priya Nanda (Gates Foundation), Kakoli Borkotoky (ICRW) and Nitin Dutta (ICRW) International Journal of Health Planning and Management [Scimago Q2]


Can women dissolve abusive marriages? — Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey of India


Understanding politicians’ wealth and its relations with elections in India with Deepak Singhania (IIT Gandhinagar) and Saad Ahmad Gulzar (Princeton University)

Identifying the determinants of Child Marriage with Manoj Maharia and Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur)


Knowledge is Power: A Scoping Study on Women’s Safety (received INR 20 lakhs) funded by the International Growth Centre India (Other Investigator) with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur), Sarani Saha (IIT Kanpur) and Chitwan Lalji (IIM Kozhikode) 2019-2020


Who sustains in Politics? with Deepak Singhania (IIT Gandhinagar) and Saad Ahmad Gulzar (Princeton University). 2022-Ongoing

Skill Formation and Self-Employment Generation through Vocational Training  with  Debayan Pakrashi, Deep Mukherjee and Arun Kumar Sharma (IIT Kanpur) Paul Frijters (University of Queensland) and Asadul Islam (Monash University) funded by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. 2016-2018

Evaluating and Learnings from India’s Family Planning Investments with Debayan Pakrashi (IIT Kanpur) funded by the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW), IPE Global, IIPS Mumbai and others, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 2016-2018


Doctoral dissertation Essays in Development Economics:  Understanding  the  role  of  awareness under the supervision of Prof. Sarani Saha and Prof. Debayan Pakrashi, Department of Economic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur


Winter School 2019, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi  – 10-13 Dec 2019

IGC-ISI Summer School in Development Economics, ISI Delhi, New Delhi   – 06-09 July 2019 Executive Education Course on Impact Evaluation conducted by J-PAL in collaboration with IFMR, New Delhi – 11-15 July 2016

Workshop on “Poverty, Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition: From Concepts to Measurement” jointly organized by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai and Department of Agricultural Economics, B.H.U, Banaras Hindu University , Varansi – 19-20 Feb, 2014


16th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development,

Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi   – 20-22 Dec 2021

Winter  School  2019, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi  – 10-13 Dec 2019

3rd Development Economics Conference Lincoln International Business School,University of Lincoln, UK  – 17-19 June 2019

2nd International Conference on Business, Economics and Sustainable Development TERI, New Delhi  – 17-18 Jan, 2019

19th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad  – 11-13 Jan, 2019

Contemporary Issues in Development DSA Phase 1 Seminar of Department of Economics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata  – 10-11 Dec, 2018


Instructor,  BIT Mesra                                          ED 105: Introduction to Economics

Instructor, BIT Mesra                                      ED 115:  Introductory Microeconomics

Instructor, BIT Mesra                                               MT 408:  Managerial Economics

Instructor,  BIT  Mesra                                         ED 221: Introduction to Psychology

Tutor, IIT Gandhinagar                                                                HSS 151: Economics

Tutor, IIT Kanpur              ECO101A: Introduction to Micro Economics (Three times)

Tutor, IIT Kanpur                                                              ECO753A: Labor Economics

Tutor, IIT Kanpur                                                                          Communication 200

Academic  Associate, IIM Ahmedabad             Economics Area Oct 2015-June 2016


Investigator Grade-I , at Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment                       

Base Upgradation of The Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers – Oct 2014-June 2015


B.H.U Medal, Banaras Hindu University for securing First Position in M.A Economics Examination, 2014 – 08 April 2015

Wagle Medal, Banaras Hindu University  for securing First Position in M.A Economics Examination, 2014 – 08 April 2015

Junior Research Fellowship, University Grants Commission  – 05 July 2016

Scholarship of INR 40,000, J-PAL South Asia J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia Executive Education Course on Impact Evaluation  – 24 May 2016