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Research Interests

Development Economics, Religion, Demography, Education


Sriya received a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2000); Serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture; Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Awarded a Population Council Social Science Research Fellowship (1998-1999), a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2003), and grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Isaac Newton Trust, and the Cambridge-INET Institute. She was awarded a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Fruehwirth, J., Iyer, S. and Zhang, A. Religion and Depression in Adolescence, (2018) Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming
Iyer, S. and Shrivastava, A. Religious Riots and Electoral Politics in India, (2018) Journal of Development Economics
Iyer, S. The new economics of religion, (2016) Journal of Economic Literature
Iyer, S., Velu, C. and Mumit, A. Communication and Marketing of Services by Religious Organizations in India, (2014) Journal of Business Research
Adamou, A., Drakos, C. and Iyer, S. Missing women in the United Kingdom, (2013) IZA Journal of Migration
Do, Q., Iyer, S. and Joshi, S. The Economics of Consanguineous Marriages, (2013) Review of Economics and Statistics

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Iyer, S., Shrivastava, A., Ticku, R. Holy Wars? Temple desecrations in Medieval India, (2017) CWPE1705
Cooley Fruehwirth, J., Iyer, S. and Zhang, A. Religion and Depression in Adolescence, (2016) CWPE1613
Cooley Fruehwirth, J., Iyer, S. and Zhang, A. Religion and Depression in Adolescence, (2016) CWPE1602
Friedman, D. and Fan, J. and Gair, J. and Iyer, S. Redlicki, B and Velu, C. How Fundamentalism Takes Root: A Simulation Study, (2016) CWPE1681
Iyer, S. and Shrivastava, A. Religious Riots and Electoral Politics in India, (2015) CWPE1536

Authored Book

Iyer, S. The Economics of Religion in India, (2018) - Harvard University Press
Iyer, S. Demography and Religion in India, (2002) - Oxford University Press

Chapter in Book

Iyer, S. Religion and Demography, (2019), forthcoming in Advances in the Economics of Religion. Edited by J-P Carvalho, Sriya Iyer, J Rubin - Palgrave Macmillan
Iyer, S. Religion and Institutions, (2018), forthcoming in A Research Agenda for the New institutional Economics. Edited by Claude Menard, Mary Shirley - Edward Elgar Publishers
Iyer, S., Joshi, S. and Do, Q. Why marry a cousin? Insights from Bangladesh, (2013), forthcoming in Marrying in South Asia: Shifting Concepts, Changing Practices in a Globalising World. Edited by Ravinder Kaur, Rajni Parliwala - Orient Blackswan
Iyer, S. Gender, religion, and the age at marriage in India, (2009), forthcoming in Gender and Discrimination: Health, Nutritional Status and Role of Women in India. . Edited by M Pal, P Bharati, B Ghosh, T - Oxford University Press
Iyer, S. Religion and economic development, (2008), forthcoming in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition. Edited by S Durlauf, L Blume - Palgrave Macmillan

Edited Books

eds. Carvalho, J-P, Iyer, S. and Rubin, J. Advances in the Economics of Religion, (2019) - Palgrave Macmillan

Recent Activities

The Economics of Religion in India - Publication Date: 2018-05-01
Dr. Sriya Iyer recently gave the Faculty Research Seminar based on the research in her 2018 Harvard University Press book, where she uses economic methods to study religion. Her talk was titled 'The Economics of Religion in India' and delivered on 23 April 2018.

IEA Roundtable on the Economics of Religion Report - Publication Date: 2017-07-18
Dr Sriya Iyer has written a report on the IEA Roundtable on the Economics of Religion that took place on the 10-11th July 2017 at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Dr Iyer Interviewed by ECNMY: What is the economics of religion really about? - Publication Date: 2017-04-18
Dr Sriya Iyer talks "What is the economics of religion really about?" in an article and interview was published in ECNMY.

IEA Roundtable on The Economics of Religion - Publication Date: 2017-01-13
The International Economic Association Roundtable on The Economics of Religion will take place on the 10th-11th July 2017, in the McGrath Centre at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.

Sriya Iyer Receives University Teaching Award - Publication Date: 2014-07-01
The 21st annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the collegiate University, were held at Downing College last night. Sriya Iyer was one of those awarded.

Research Grants

Modernizing The Madrasa In India (ISAAC NEWTON TRUST)

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects

How Important are Religious Organisations as Insurance? with Cavalcanti, T.V.D and Rauh, C. (JHOT)


PI Paper 4 - Lent - Political and Social Institutions
PIIB Paper 5 - Lent - The Economics of Religion

Dr Sriya Iyer

Affiliated Lecturer and Janeway Fellow in Economics

Cambridge-INET Affiliated Senior Research Fellow

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Empirical Microeconomics

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