Professor Tarun Jain is a labour economist whose primary research interest is the Indian workforce. He received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from Franklin and Marshall College. His PhD dissertation at the University of Virginia explored how incentives and social institutions cause differences in human capital investments and outcomes. Currently, he is working on projects examining the impact of globalisation on human capital, as well as the value of spoken English on employment and social outcomes.
Professor Jain teaches a core term course in Managerial Economics and an elective on Information Economics.
Ph D (Economics), University of Virginia, 2009
MA (Economics), University of Virginia, 2005
BA (Mathematics, Economics), Franklin and Marshall College, 1999
Jain, Tarun. (Forthcoming) "Where there is a will: Fertility behavior and sex bias in large families", Journal of Human ResourcesRead Abstract >Close >
This paper argues that the social institutions of lineage maintenance, patrilocality and joint families have a significant role in explaining sex differences in survival and health outcomes in rural India, even when parents do not treat boys and girls differently. Tests using panel data from rural households confirm this explanation, which accounts for 7 percent of excess female mortality in Haryana and Rajasthan and 4 percent in Punjab. An institutional explanation suggests limits on the role for public policy in addressing large sex differences in health and mortality outcomes.
Jain, Tarun.,Kapoor, Mudit. (Forthcoming) "The impact of classroom and residential peers on academic achievement"Read Abstract >Close >
We investigate the impact of formal and informal business school peers on academic achievement of students. Using random assignment of students to study and residential groups, we find that informal social interaction with residential peers has greater impact on academic achievement than formal interaction in study groups. This result is primarily driven by group heterogeneity in ability. Moreover, we also find that lower ability students benefit more from their peers than high ability students.
Jain, Tarun. Review of "Blocked by Caste: Economic Discrimination in Modern India" by S. Thorat and K. Newman (eds.), Economic and Political Weekly, 2010
Jain, Tarun (2013) "Government should encourage, not prosecute, whistle-blowers", Rediff.com, April 19, 2013
Jain, Tarun (2013) "Should bribe-givers be let off?", Ideas for India, March 28, 2013
Jain, Tarun (2012) "Should bribe-givers be let off?", India Together, December 31, 2012
Jain, Tarun (2005) "The dams balance sheet", India Together, December 31, 2005
Jain, Tarun (2005) "Don't ask, don't tell", India Together, August 04, 2005
Jain, Tarun (2005) "Do reservations work?", India Together, April 15, 2005