Manjistha Banerji

Manjistha Banerji


Manjistha Banerji is a Fellow at National Council of Applied Economic Research. Her primary areas of research are family demography, social change and gender, migration, education and development and survey methods. At the National Data Innovation Centre at the Council, she is involved with experimentations on different data collection techniques in the Delhi Metropolitan Area, telephonic surveys to assess the impact of the COVID pandemic in Delhi NCR and in questionnaire design for the upcoming round of India Human Development Survey. She completed her PhD in 2012 from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland at College Park.

Journal| Children First: Journal on Children’s Lives
Learning disruptions during COVID: Findings from a survey in the National Capital Region
Manjistha Banerji | Reem Ashraf
August 2022

Journal | Asian Population Studies
Does ‘Love’ make a difference? Marriage choice and post-marriage decision-making power in India
Manjistha Banerji | Ashwini S. Deshpande

Policy Brief | IHDS Website
A Glass Half Full: Changes in Standard of Living since 2012 
Manjistha Banerji | Sonalde Desai | Debasis Barik | Dinesh Tiwari | O.P. Sharma

Journal | Indian Growth and Development Review
Inequality in the Labor Market: Lower Perceived Returns among Marginalized Youths and Girls,
M. Banerji and A. Deshpande

Journal | Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
One step forward, two steps back: transitions between home, pre- primary and primary education in rural India
Benjamin Alcott | Manjistha Banerji | Suman Bhattacharjea | Mansi Nanda | Purnima Ramanujan

Journal | Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy
Marriage in People with Epilepsy: A compelling theme for psycho- behavioral research
Gagandeep Singh | Kalyan K. Ganguly | Manjistha Banerji | Renu Addlakha | Urvashi Shah | Manjari Tripathi | Vinod Saxena | Hitant Vohra | Yashoda Wakankar | Meenakshi Sharma | Kurupath Radhakrishnan

Report The India Early Childhood Education Impact Study
V. Kaul, S. Bhattacharjea, A. B. Chaudhary, P. Ramanujan, M. Banerji and M. Nanda

Journal | Journal of Population Research
Negotiated Identities: Male Migration and Left Behind Wives in India
Sonalde Desai | Manjistha Banerji

Book Chapter | Routledge Publications
Are the Young and the Educated More Likely to Have “Love” than Arranged Marriage? A Study of Autonomy in Partner Choice in India. India’s Social and Economic Transformation in 21st Century, New Delhi

Book Chapter | Springer Publications
Till what age is “age” relevant? Examining the effect of age on early learning.
M. Banerji and M. Nanda | V. Kaul and S. Bhattacharjea (eds.)

Book Chapter | Springer Publications
Does participation in preschool help children’s early grade learning?
W. Wadhwa, S. Bhattacharjea and M. Banerji| V. Kaul and S. Bhattacharjea (eds.)

Book Chapter | Orient Blackswan
Negotiating Marriage: Examining the Gap between Marriage and Cohabitation in India
Lester Andrist, M. Banerji and S. Desai| R. Kaur and R. Palriwala (eds.)

Opinion | The Economic Times (ET Prime)
Class struggle for students
Manjistha Banerji | Reem Ashraf | Sonalde Desai
February 20, 2021

Opinion | live Mint
Marital choice shapes women’s stay at home 
January 19, 2021

OPINION | Pioneer
Marriage by choice or convention?
A. Mehta and M. Banerji

OPINION | The Telegraph
On a downward slope
M. Banerji and A. Deshpande

OPINION | IndiaSpend
Beyond Universal Enrolment in Indian Schools, Low Attendance, High Dropouts
M. Banerji and A. Deshpande

  • Panellist at a webinar on “Long-term Impact of the Pandemic on People’s Lives and Lessons for Developing an Inclusive Social Protection Programme”, organised by NCAER, March 23, 2022.
  • Presentation titled “Learning Disruptions in Times of COVID” at a webinar on “Tracking Lives and Livelihoods through the Pandemic: Results from the Delhi Metropolitan Area Study”, organised by NCAER, March 2, 2022.
  • Presentation at a workshop on research and analysis work titled “Embedding Qualitative Inquiry into Statistical Analyses: Some Examples”, organised by Development and Monitoring Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog, February 3, 2022.
  • Presentation at a webinar “Getting back on track to end poverty in South Asia”, Webinar, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), November 18, 2021.
  • Panellist at a webinar titled “Plugging India’s data gap”, Webinar, Vedica- Women’s Alliance Festival: Building Networks for Change. October 22, 2021.
  • Participated in a workshop titled “The Social Science of Marriages in India” in a Workshop on The Dilemma of Arranged Marriages in People with Epilepsy in India, Indian Council of Medical Research, 2017.
  • Gave a presentation titled “Fertility as Mobility” in India- Role of Education and Employment Opportunities” at Institute of Rural Management, Anand, 2013.
  • Gave a presentation titled “Trends in Family Demography in the USA and other Western countries” at Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, 2013.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. 2012.
  • M.A. Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. 2008.
  • M.A. Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India. 1999.
  • B.A. Honors, Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. 1997.

Work Experience

  • September 2019- Present: Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research
  • May 2018- August 2019: Consultant, National Council of Applied Economic Research
  • August- December 2015: Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Course on Quantitative Research Methods, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
  • November 2012- April 2018: Consultant, ASER Centre (Research and Assessment Wing of Pratham Education Foundation)
  • June 2007- December 2011: Graduate Research Assistant- India Human Development Survey (IHDS) Project, University of Maryland, MD, USA