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Associate Professor Gaurav Datt

Organisation: Department of Economics
Title: Associate Professor
Qualifications: BA (Hons) St. Stephen's College, Delhi University
MA Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
PhD. Economics, Australian National University, Canberra

  Gaurav Datt joined the Department of Economics as Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Development Research Unit in August 2011.  Gaurav has over twenty years of research and operational work experience in the development sector.  He has worked in research positions at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C.  Most recently, he worked at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of the World Bank's East Asia and South Asia Regions based in Sydney and Kathmandu.  Poverty analysis has been the primary focus of Gaurav's work.  He has published widely in professional journals and authored several poverty assessment reports for the World Bank.  His work encompasses a range of countries including India, China, Egypt, Laos, Mozambique, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. 


Office: Clayton Campus
Room E961, Building 11
Monash University Vic 3800
Telephone: +61 3 9905 5835
Fax: +61 3 9905 5476


Research Interests: Development economics; poverty, inequality, social protection; labour economics; micro-econometrics


Selected Publications: Datt, G., & Ravallion, M. (2011). Has India's economic growth become more pro-poor in the wake of economic reforms? World Bank Economic Review, 25(2), 157-189.  

Datt, G., & Ravallion, M. (2010). Shining for the Poor Too? Economic and Political Weekly, 45(7), 55-60.

Datt, G., & Walker, T. (2006).  Does mining sector growth matter for poverty reduction in Papua New Guinea? Pacific Economic Bulletin, 21(1), 71-83. 

Gibson, J., Datt, G., Allen, B., Hwang, V., Bourke, R.M., & Parajuli, D. (2005).  Mapping Poverty in Rural Papua New Guinea, Pacific Economic Bulletin, 20(1), 27-43. 

Datt, G., & Jolliffe, D. (2005).  Poverty in Egypt: Modeling and Policy Simulations, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 53(2), 327-346. 

Datt, G., & Olmsted, J.C. (2004). Induced Wage Effects of Changes in Food Prices in Egypt. Journal of Development Studies, 40(4), 137-166.

Jolliffe, D., Datt, G., & Sharma, M. (2004).  Robust Poverty and Inequality Measurement in Egypt: Correcting for Spatial-price Variation and Sample Design Effects. Review of Development Economics, 8(4), 557-572. 

Datt, G., & Hoogeveen, H. (2003). El Niño or El Peso? Crisis, Poverty and Income Distribution in the Philippines. World Development, 31, 1103-1124. 

Datt, G., & Ravallion, M. (2002). Is India's Economic Growth Leaving the Poor Behind? Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16, 89-108.

Ravallion, M., & Datt, G. (2002). Why Has Economic Growth Been More Pro-poor in Some States of India than Others? Journal of Development Economics, 68, 381-400.