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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, (2019) Journal of Political Economy
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

Ticku, R., Shrivastava, A. and Iyer, S. Economic Shocks and Temple Desecrations in Medieval India, (2018) CWPE1862
Chaudhary, L., Rubin, J., Iyer, S. and Shrivastava, A. Culture and Colonial Legacy: Evidence from Public Goods Games , (2018) CWPE1855
Iyer, S., Shrivastava, A., Ticku, R. Holy Wars? Temple desecrations in Medieval India, (2017) CWPE1705
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
Cooley Fruehwirth, J., Iyer, S. and Zhang, A. Religion and Depression in Adolescence, (2016) CWPE1613

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. The Economics of Religion in Developing Countries, (2020), forthcoming in Religion and Flourishing. Edited by A. Cohen - Baylor University Press
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), 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), 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), 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

Edited Books

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

Research Activities

Advances in the Economics of Religion - Publication Date: 2019-07-29
Dr. Sriya Iyer's co-edited volume "Advances in the Economics of Religion" is the featured publication on the International Economic Association (IEA) home page. This book is the outcome of the IEA Roundtable on The Economics of Religion which was hosted at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 2017 and co-sponsored by Cambridge-INET.

RES 2020 Conference - Call for Papers - Publication Date: 2019-07-10
The Royal Economic Society's 2020 Annual Conference will be hosted by Queen's University Belfast on 6-8 April 2020. Submissions of papers are invited for the General Sessions. The closing date for submitting papers is Monday 30th September 2019.

Advances in the Economics of Religion - Publication Date: 2019-07-10
Dr. Sriya Iyer is the co-editor (with Jean-Paul Carvalho and Jared Rubin) of a new volume title "Advances in the Economics of Religion". This new book is the outcome of the International Economic Association Roundtable on The Economics of Religion which was hosted at St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 2017.

Faculty Academic Promotions and Appointments 2019 - Publication Date: 2019-06-13
The Faculty is very pleased to announce that Dr Chryssi Giannitsarou and Dr Donald Robertson have been promoted to University Readerships and that Dr Sriya Iyer has been appointed to University Readership and will join the Faculty in that capacity in September.

The Marketplace of Faith - Publication Date: 2019-01-03
Dr. Sriya Iyer looks at "Why are Americans so religious?" in an article published in the Wall Street Journal. This follows on from the recent publication of her book "The Economics of Religion in India". Which was one of the Times Literary Supplement's 'Books of the Year 2018'.

Research Grants

The Next RES Research Initiative: Expanding the Advancements Made in the Economic Study of Religion and Religious Markets (John Templeton Foundation)
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
PIIB Paper 8 - Themes in Development Economics
MPhil F530 Venture Capital

PhD Students


Jamie Moore
PhD Title:
Research: Microeconometrics, Machine Learning, Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Networks


Benjapon Prommawin
PhD Title: An Essay on International Reserves Adequacy for Emerging Asian Countries

Dr Sriya Iyer

University Reader in Economics

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

CV: Curriculum Vitae

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