Nayana Bose

Associate Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Office Address: HUM 220
Office Phone: (909) 607-3818
Personal Website:
Nayana Bose

Academic History

  • Ph.D., Economics, Vanderbilt University, May 2015
  • M.A., Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2007
  • B.S., Economics, University of Calcutta, Asutosh College, Calcutta, India, 2005

Areas of Expertise

Development Economics, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics

Personal Interests

Cooking and exploring cities.

Selected Research and Publications

  • “Raising Consumption through India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme” (Under Review)
  • “Political Reservation for Women and Delivery of Public Works Program” (with Shreyasee Das) (Revise and Resubmit)
  • “Women's Inheritance Rights, Household Allocation and Gender Bias” (with Shreyasee Das)

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist for the World Bank Group's Young Professionals Program, 2015
  • Vanderbilt University Graduate School Research Grant, 2014
  • Graduate Teaching Fellow, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University, 2013-2014
  • President of Council of Economics Graduate Students Research Grants, Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • The Household International Best Research Paper Award, Vanderbilt University, Spring 2011
  • Graduate Tuition Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2008-2013
  • University Grants Commission Fellowship for M.Phil Students, India, 2007
  • College Gold Medal for Excellence in Economics, Asutosh College, University of Calcutta, 2005


Nayana Bose is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Scripps College. She earned her B.Sc in Economics from University of Calcutta in Calcutta, India, and she earned her M.A in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Her fields are Development Economics, Labor Economics, and Applied Econometrics. She is primarily interested in studying the economic situation of individuals in low-income countries and analyzing the effect of public policy on economic development by concentrating on poverty, gender, labor market outcomes, and intra-household resource allocation. Her dissertation focused on evaluating the impact of the 100 day anti-poverty program in India, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, on household well-being, intra-household budget allocation decisions, and marginalized groups. She has also studied the Employment Guarantee Scheme from a political economy perspective by concentrating on political reservations for women leaders to assess whether women leaders have a role model effect in attracting more women to participate under the Scheme, and to assess whether women leaders’ allocation of funds for various public works under the Scheme reflect women's preferences. Her current project focuses on the impact of property rights for women in India.

Courses Taught

Fall 2016: Intermediate Microeconomics and Development Economics