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Vinitha Rachel Varghese

Pronouns: She/her/hers


Assistant Professor of Economics



Contact Info

SAC 247
614 W. Superior St.,
Alma, Michigan 48801
+1 (989) 463 7390

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Vinitha Rachel Varghese is an applied microeconomist with research interests in development economics and the economics of education. Her research encompasses impact evaluations of interventions aimed at closing schooling access and quality gaps in developing contexts. She has studied impacts of an adult education intervention using a randomized control experiment based in India. She has explored the impact of India’s Right to Education Act on school enrollment among children with disabilities. She has studied the impact of vertical school consolidations in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Her career at Alma College began in 2023.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. (Hons.) Economics, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
  • M.A. Economics, University of Hyderabad
  • M.A. Economics, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Ph.D. Economics, University of Illinois Chicago

Signature Courses:
Principles of Microeconomics; Quantitative Methods; Econometrics.

My Expertise

Applied microeconomics, development economics and economics of education.

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Deshpande, A., Ksoll, C., Maertens, A., & Varghese, V. (2023). The Impact of an Adult Education Program for Mothers: Evidence from India. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 71(2). https://doi.org/10.1086/715116

Working Papers

Varghese, V. (2022). Impact of the Right to Education on School Enrolment of Children With Disabilities: Evidence from India. WIDER Working Paper 2022/91. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER. https://doi.org/10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2022/225-6

Kumar, N., & Varghese, V. (2022). Elementary Education in India Versus China: Guidelines for NEP Implementation. WIDER Working Paper 2022/64. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER. https://doi.org/10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2022/195-2