Subhasish Dey


Subhasish received his first undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree in Economics from University of Calcutta, India in 2001.  In 2009 he completed his MA in Development Studies with distinction from International Institute of Social Science (ISS, Hague) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has received Best MA Research Paper award out of a cohort of 200+ students at ISS. Beside Economics he has obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Community and Social service from NCEB, Jadavpur University, India.

Subhasish has around 8 years of working experience in the Development sector. He has worked with different Government departments, DFID India, UNDP projects in the capacity of Programme and Research Consultant in the field of livelihood, planning, education, urban planning and widely in rural development. Beside institutional attachments he has also worked intensively in independent capacity of research consultant. Before joining The University of Manchester he was working as impact evaluation consultant with DFID India and International Institute of Social Science, The Netherlands.


Dey, Subhasish (2010) Evaluating the Impact of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: The Case of Birbhum District, West Bengal, India, ISS Working Paper No. 490, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, January 2010.

Dey, Subhasish and Bedi, Arjun (2010): The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme as a Safety Net in BirbhumWest Bengal- SSRN Working paper.

Dey, Subhasish and Bedi, Arjun (2010): The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Birbhum, Economic and Political Weekly October 9, 2010, Vol. XLV No. 41

Dey, Subhasish and Bhattacharjee, Swati (2010) Effect of Decentralisation policy and practice on the poor people in West Bengal—Contribution of DFID-supported SRD approaches (This is a Programme evaluation report submitted to DFID, India) (Forthcoming in July 2012)

Book contribution

Dey, Subhasish "Fiscal Decentralisation in West Bengal during last 3 decades- a critical scrutiny" (as a separate chapter) in an Edited Bengali book on Institutional achievements and failure in last three decades of Left rule in West Bengal. (Forth coming in November 2011)


Participated and presented own work in a consultative workshop on National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes of India at Centre de Sciences Humaines de New Delhi (April 2012)

Attended and presented own work at the 26th Annual Conference of British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University Of London, (April 2012)

Presented in the Weekly Development Economics Research Area Group seminar at the Economics department , University of Manchester (March 2012)

Took part in the international conference on “Economic Growth in West Bengal: Challenges and Priorities”. Jointly organized by International Growth Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, LSE, UK-AID and University of Oxford. (January 2012)

Presented an work in progress research paper at the Economics Department of University of Calcutta. (January 2012)

Attended and presented own research work at the International conference at International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands- Organised by the PHD students. (June 2010).

Attended and presented own research work at the UGC National Seminar at the Viswa Bharati University, Santinikatan, India. (March 2010).

Participated in the Summer School Programme Titled- "Global Governance, The Crisis and Development- New Direction in Development Cooperation" organized by CERES and International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (June 2010).

Took part in the academic exposure visit to ILO, UNRISD, WHO, RED CROSS at Geneva, Switzerland. (October 2009)

Attended a certificate course on "Decentralized Planning and Panchayat Functioning in Kerala" from Kerala Institute of Local Administration, Thrisur, Kerala, India. (September 2007)

Attended a certificate course on "Community participation in Primary Education" from National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, India (June 2004)


Member of British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS), Holland Alumni Association, Global Development Network

Research interests

His main research interest lies with Development Micro Econometrics, Household Economics, Public Policy & social security intervention, Employment Guarantee Schemes (EGS), Impact Evaluation.


  • ECON10081 The UK Economy- Microeconomics (1st Year BA ECON Undergraduate)
  • ECON10042 Macro Economic Principal (1st Year BSC ECON Undergraduate)
  • ECON10162 The Statistics for Economists ( BSC Econ )

Doctoral research topic

Welfare or Workfare? - A strategy for inclusive growth: Exploring the case of MG-NREGS

Subhasish’s research looks at the world’s biggest employment guarantee programme of India namely the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (MGNREGS). Being an EGS programme MGNREGS typically lies in workfare intervention by the state. His research argues how far this workfare intervention will ensure the inclusive growth agenda claimed in the programme designing of MGNREGS.

In doing so he investigates the underlying self-targeting notion of this programme. Moreover, institutional efficiency in implementing this programme through local self government will also be tested along with the impact of this programme on the participating household vis-à-vis non-participating household.

Starting with a theoretical debate around the possibility of ensuring long run inclusive growth through EGS his research looks into an in depth econometric analysis of primary and secondary data on household participation in this programme. Technically speaking this research lies broadly under experimental economics where randomised control experiment exercise would be used to assess the programme’s impact on participating household.  

His research is jointly supervised by Dr Katsushi Imai and Prof Kunal Sen.

Contact details

School of Social Science
The University of Manchester
3rd Floor, Arthur Lewis Building
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Email: subhasish.dey@postgr‚Äč