Subrata Mukherjee

Associate Professor

PhD in Economics, Centre for Development Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006.
Room No. 405
Office telephone
+91 33 2321 3120/21 (Extension No 51)
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Areas of interest:
Health economics, quantitative methods and microeconometrics, field survey techniques.



  • Kanyashree Prakalpa in West Bengal: Desirability and Promises, (Jointly with Soumi Mukherjee), Journal of Indian Education, XLVI(2), pp.177-184, August 2020.
  • Can Short-term Economic Policies Hurt the Health of the Poor? Demonetisation in India (jointly with Katia Mohindra), International Journal of Health Services. 48(3): 482-494. 2018 (DOI: 10.1177/0020731418772465).
  • Impact of the elderly on household health expenditure in Bihar and Kerala, India (jointly with David Loutfi and Jean-Frederic Levesque), Journal of Health Management, 20(1), pp.1-14, 2018.
  • Access to and Utilisation of Health Care Services: A Study of NSS 71st Round Data with Special Emphasis on Casual Labour Households, jointly with Shiney Chakraborty, Labour & Development, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 23-47, 2015.
  • Gender Wage Gap in the Indian Labour Market: Evidence from the NSS 66th Round Data, jointly with Shiney Chakraborty, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 259-280, 2014.
  • New Health Policy and Chronic Disease: Analysis of Data and Evidence, jointly with Anoshua Chaudhuri and Anamitra Barik, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 50, No. 37 , pp. 21-24, 2015.
  • Health & Demographic Surveillance System Profile: The Birbhum population project (Birbhum HDSS), jointly with Ghosh S, A Barik, S Majumder, A Gorain, S Mazumdar, K Chatterjee, SK Bhaumik, SK Bandyopadhyay, BR Satpathi, PP Majumder and A Chowdhury, International Journal of Epidemiology, 1–10 (doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu228), 2014.
  • Patients choice for non-allopathic providers for acute illness: evidence from a rural setting in Kerala, jointly with S Haddad and D Narayana, Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 225-244, 2013.
  • The role of the public and private sectors in responding to the older persons needs for inpatient care: Evidence from Kerala, South India, jointly with J-F Levesque, Asia Pacific, Population Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 3-31, 2013.
  • Measuring the prevalence of chronic diseases using population surveys by pooling self-reported symptoms, diagnosis and treatments: results from the World Health Survey of 2003 for South Asia (jointly with J.-F. Levesque, D. Grimard, A. Boivin and S. Mishra), International Journal of Public Health, February 23, 2013.
  • Morbidity and Outpatient Care for the Elderly in Kerala, South India: Evidence from a national population based survey, (jointly with Jean-Frederic Levesque), Journal of Population Ageing, 5(3): pp. 177-192, 2012.
  • Towards the next generation of public health research in India: a call for a health equity lens (jointly with KS Mohindra, Shamshad Khan and CU Thresia), Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66: pp. 839-842, 2012.
  • Social class related inequalities in household health expenditure and economic burden: evidence from Kerala, South India, (jointly with Slim Haddad and Delampady Narayana), International Journal for Equity in Health, 10.1, 2011.
  • State of health and health care in West Bengal: A comparative study with Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Demography India, 39(2): pp. 259-276 , 2010.
  • Economic-status related inequalities in health care utilisation in the Indian states: evidence from NSS 52nd round data on inpatient care, Artha Vijnana, 53 (1): pp. 48-63, 2010.
  • Changing inequalities in utilisation of inpatient care in rural India: evidence from the NSS, (Jointly with Jean-Frederic Levesque), Economic and Political Weekly, 45(46), pp. 84-91, 2010.
  • What Determines Success of “100 Days Work” at the Panchayat Level: A Case of Study of Birbhum District, West Bengal, (Jointly with Saswata Ghosh), Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 52(1), pp.121-137, 2009.
  • Health Care in West Bengal: What is Happening? , (Jointly with Achin Chakraborty), Economic and Political Weekly, 38 (48), 2003.

Chapters in Books/Reports

  • (Jointly with Achin Chakraborty) ‘Living Arrangement and Capability Deprivation of the Disabled in India’ in Nandini Ghosh (ed.) Interrogating Disability in India: Theory and Practice, Springer 2016.
  • (Jointly with Achin Chakraborty) ‘Decentralisation and Health in West Bengal: A Study with Reference to Community Health Care Management Initiative’ in Pranab K Das (ed.) Decentralization, Governance and Development: An Indian Perspective, Orient Blackswan, 2017.
  • Health and Health Care in India: Current Scenario and New Challenges (Chapter 13), in S Mahendra Dev S (ed.) India Development Report 2015,, Oxford University Press.
  • Health care for the elderly (Chapter 13), (Jointly with Jean-Frederic Levesque), in Shanthi Johnson and S Irudaya Rajan (eds.) Ageing and Health in India, Rawat Publication, New Delhi [ISBN: 9788131602812], 2010.
  • Quality of Health Care and Household Choice: Evidence from NSS and NFHS data for the State of West Bengal, in B B Bhattacharya and Arup Mitra (eds.) Studies in Macroeconomics and Welfare, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2005.

Occasional Papers

  • Measuring Households’ Multidimensional Vulnerability Due to Health Shocks: Evidence from National Sample Survey 71st Round Data, (jointly with Priyanka Dasgupta), Occasional Paper No.61, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, August 2018.
  • Underemployment in India: Measurement and Analysis, (jointly with Indrani Chakraborty and Dipankor Coondoo), Occasional Paper No.58, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, November 2017.
  • Rural Medical Practitioners: Who are they? What do they do? Should they be Trained for Improvement? Evidence from Rural West Bengal (jointly with Rolf Heinmüller), Occasional Paper No.54, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, February 2017
  • Living Arrangement and Capability Deprivation of the Disabled in India, (jointly with Achin Chakraborty), Occasional Paper 42, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, November 2013.
  • MDG-based poverty reduction strategy for West Bengal, (jointly with Achin Chakraborty), Occasional Paper 20, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, October 2009.
  • What determines the success and failure of ‘100 days work’ at the Panchayat level? A study of Birbhum district in West Bengal, (jointly with Saswata Ghosh), Occasional Paper 16, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, February 2009.



  • Status of MGNREGA Implementation in West Bengal
    Principal Investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Saswata Ghosh, Subhanil Chowdhury and Subrata Mukherjee;
    Funding Agency: Department of Panchayat & Rural Development, Government of West Bengal
  • Investment Requirements for Provision of Core Services and Own-resource Generation by Panchayats in West Bengal
    Principal Investigator: Achin Chakraborty, Subrata Mukherjee , Gorky Chakraborty; Funding Agency: 4th State Finance Commission, West Bengal, Duration: 2014-15.


  • Evaluation of the Rural Health Care Training Programme in West BengalPrincipal Investigator: Subrata Mukherjee; Co-Principal Investigator: Achin Chakraborty; Funding Agency: Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc USA, Duration: July 2010-November 2011.
  • Vulnerability and Inequalities in health in South Asia: Analysis of World Health SurveyPrincipal Investigators: Jean-Frederic Levesque, Subrata Mukherjee, Co-investigators: Delampady Narayana, T R Dilip and Srijit Mishra; Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Duration: 2007-2009.
  • Birbhum District Human Development ReportPrincipal Investigator: Achin Chakraborty; Co-principal Investigator: Subrata Mukherjee, Saswata Ghosh; Sponsoring Agency: Development and Planning Department, Government of West Bengal; Duration: 2007-2008.
  • Millennium Development Goals-based Poverty Reduction Strategy for West BengalPrincipal Investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Subrata Mukherjee, Sponsoring Agency: UNDP through IGIDR as nodal agency. Duration: 2006-2008]
  • An Evaluation Study on Advocacy of Safe Motherhood under Community Health Care Management InitiativePrincipal Investigators: Achin Chakraborty, Co-principal Investigators: Subrata Mukherjee, Bidhan Kanti Das; Funding Agency: Panchayats and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal; Duration: May-September 2007.
  • Allocation and Utilization of Resources for Social Sector Programmes for Women and Children: A Study of Purulia DistrictPrincipal Investigator: Achin Chakraborty, Co-principal investigator: Subrata Mukherjee, Co-investigator: Subhanil Banerjee; Funding Agency: UNICEF Kolkata & Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal; Duration: 2006-07.


  • Quantitative Methods (Introduction, Summarising distribution, Outlier, Transformation and graphical displays of data, Population, sample and statistical inferences, Computation of growth rates, Workshop sessions on Stata 13 etc.)
  • Field Survey Techniques (Paper II, MPhil Programme in Development Studies)
  • Health Economics Economics of the health sector – fundamental positive and normative questions; Is health care different? Select economic tools for Health Economics – Pareto efficiency, first and second fundamental theorems of Welfare Economics, trade-offs between efficiency and equity. Market failures in health care. Reasons for market failures: failure of competition – imperfect competition, monopoly pricing and welfare loss, public goods, incomplete market, information failure. Relationship among various forms of market failures. Rationale for government interventions. Various forms of government interventions – production, provision, financing and regulation.
  • Concepts and measurements of different health variables: health status – mortality, clinically tested and self-reported morbidity; DALY, QUALY, health care utilisation, health care expenditure. Supplementary information needed for health inequality analysis. Measurements of inequality in health variables – concentration curve, concentration index and its extension, decomposition of concentration index; measurements of group inequality; redistributive effects of out-of-pocket health expenditure – catastrophic payments and impoverishing effects of health expenditure.
    Workshop session on the measurement of health inequality using ADePT software.
  • Econometrics (Advanced issues in growth rate estimation, Computer-intensive methods, Missing data and imputation)


  • Role of trust in medical care utilisation: Understanding the concept and exploration of Indian data, presented at the Economic Sociology Conference on ‘Trust in Transaction’, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, November 16-18, 2015.
  • What explains local governments’ willingness to spend for health from unconditional funds? Evidence from rural India, presented at the 10th Annual Congress of the International Health Economics Association, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, July 12-15, 2015.
  • Do acute health care needs of the poor crowd out their chronic care utilization? Evidence from Rural India, at the 3rd annual conference of the Indian Health Economics and Policy Association, held at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, January 6-7, 2014.
  • Measuring inequality in quality of health care: A second generation issue in health inequality measurement, at a workshop on Health Inequality in India: Concept, Methods and Evidence, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, July 23-24, 2013.
  • Information asymmetry and Principal-Agent problem in health care: Evidence from inpatient care utilisation in urban India, at the Winter School 2013 at Delhi School of Economics, New Delhi, December 16-18, 2013.
  • Conception and misconception about liver diseases in rural India: Evidence from a survey of rural health care providers and their users, at the BMS Foundation Learning and Sharing Meeting, Taipei, February 15-16, 2012.
  • Patients’ choice of non-allopathic outpatient care providers for acute illness: Evidence from a rural setting in Kerala’, presented at the first conference of the Indian Health Economics and Policy Association held in Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi November 18-19, 2011.
  • Measuring Catastrophic Health Care Payments: An Alternative Approach at the 8th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association, in Toronto, Canada (July 10-13, 2011).
  • Are complementary and alternative medicines always cost effective to the patients: Evidence from a rural setting in India at 137th Annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia (PA), November 7-11, 2009.
  • What determines bypassing of health facilities: Evidence from a rural setting in India, at the annual congress of the Centre de Recherche Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, March 19, 2009.
  • Changing inequality in health care utilisation in rural India at the annual conference of the Indian Econometric Society, Guwahati (India), January 8-10, 2009.
  • How attractive is health insurance to the agricultural workers: An empirical note at the Silver Jubilee conference of the Indian Society for Labour Economics, Lucknow (India), December 12-14, 2008.

Invited conferences/seminars/workshop

  • Insights on Some Results from the WHS: The Case of India, at Indo-Shastri foundation seminar at University of Montreal, October 31, 2008.
  • On developing research partnership: a partner’s version, at the 15th Canadian Conference on International Health, Ottawa, October 26-29, 2008.
  • Resource person in Summer Institute 4 for New Global Health Researchers, organised by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, hosted by Centre for Development Studies (Kerala) in August 2007.