Priya Mukherjee

Assistant Professor

Priya Mukherjee is an assistant professor at the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a research fellow at IZA-Institute of Labor Economics, and an affiliate at the Center for South Asia.

Born in Wellington (Tamil Nadu) and raised in New Delhi, India, she earned a B.A. (honors) in mathematics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University (India), an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics (London, UK), and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). She was previously an assistant professor at William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA), and a Visiting Scholar at Boston University's Institute for Economic Development.

Prof. Mukherjee’s primary research interests include development economics, with an emphasis on the role of human capital and political economy. She utilizes both field experiments and non-experimental methods in her work. Her current research projects are based in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and include studies on the impact of democratization and decentralization, improving state capacity, understanding education markets, and more recently, investigating the effects of the pandemic on the wellbeing of children and women.

Her research has been published in journals including The Review of Economics and Statistics, Econometrica, and  the Journal of Development Economics.


In addition to her research, Mukherjee is passionate about issues of inclusion and diversity in the economics profession. She co-founded the Association for Mentoring and Inclusion in Economics (AMIE) in 2020, with Professor Nishith Prakash.

You can follow her on Twitter: @p_mukherj


Office: 322 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch St., Madison WI 53706

Research Briefs

Impacts of the Pandemic on Vulnerable Households with Children in Bangladesh

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How to reduce elite capture: Watch out for local elites during democratic transitions

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The electoral consequences of India’s demonetisation

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