Omkar Joshi is a doctoral candidate and a graduate assistant in the Department of Sociology at University of Maryland, College Park. His previous training is in the field of Economics with a focus on developmental issues. Before joining the Sociology department, he was working as Consultant at National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) with the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) team, focusing on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a large public employment programme in India, and its household welfare impacts.  He has co-authored a comprehensive report titled “MGNREGA: A Catalyst for Rural Transformation” with Prof. Sonalde Desai and Dr Prem Vashishtha.  

Omkar has also done research on untouchability and caste discrimination in India and gender imbalances in intra-household decision making. This work has resulted in conference presentations at the Population Association of America Annual Meetings and a working paper titled “The Continuing Practice of Untouchability in India: Patterns and Mitigating Influences”.

Some of Omkar’s earlier work was in the area of decentralization, governance and service delivery. He has studied the fiscal decentralization and regional inequality in India using the panel data on state finances. Using the ARIS/REDS dataset and the field Focus Group Discussions, he has shown that decentralized governance matters for public service delivery in number of areas such as schooling, water services and gender empowerment. In course of this work he was also actively involved in training, monitoring of survey and data validation processes.

He brings along with him a diverse experience in research, data analysis and project management from corporate, government and developmental sectors. He has taught undergraduate courses in Economics for six years in University of Mumbai. Broadly, his research revolves around issues in the area of family demography, gender and labour market, inequality and social changes and development and governance, . He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics and Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai.

Areas of Interest

  • Inequality and Social Changes
  • Family Demography
  • Gender and Labour Market
  • Caste and Religion
  • Asia
  • Quantitative Methods


  • MA
    Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MA
    Economics, University of Mumbai, India
  • BA
    Economics-Statistics, University of Mumbai, India
Departmental Representative on Dean's Graduate Student Advisory Council (2016-2018)
Omkar Joshi
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