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Faculty Profile: Nidhiya Menon

Nidhiya Menon

Associate Professor of Economics

Specializations:
Development economics, Applied Microeconomics, Health, Gender, Labor, Demography

Nidhiya Menon's primary research interest is development economics, applied microeconomics, health, labor, gender and demography. In particular, she is interested in the behavior of individuals, households and firms in developing countries and has contributed to topics that include microfinance, labor and occupational choice, gender-differentiated impacts of labor market policies, child health consequences of environmental (water) pollution, land rights and their impacts on economic welfare and children’s human capital, conflict and its repercussions on occupational choice, the effect of policies on people with disabilities, the impact of historical institutions on child health and technology use, and program evaluation. Her research program in these areas includes both theoretical and empirical work and spans countries that include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Chile, Philippines, Kenya and Vietnam. She has been a consultant at the World Bank, United Nations Foundation, and the Asian Development Bank, and a researcher at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. At Brandeis, she teaches courses in development economics and statistics in the Economics Department and is affiliated faculty at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and associated faculty at the Women and Gender Studies Department and the South Asian Studies Department. Menon received her Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.

Degrees:
Brown University, Ph.D.
Brown University, M.A.
Mt. Holyoke College, B.A.


Publications:

Awards & Honors:
  • (2016) Provost Research Grant
  • (2015) Asian Development Bank
  • (2015) Food and Agricultural Organization, UN
  • (2014) International Growth Center Research Grant
  • (2012) United Nations Foundation
  • (2011) International Growth Center Research Grant
  • (2010) World Bank Research Grant
  • (2010) World Bank Research Grant
  • (2009) Who's Who in America
  • (2009) World Bank Research Grant
  • (2008) Norman Research Grant