Ajinkya Keskar

Ajinkya Keskar

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics

Rice University


Hi, welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at Rice University. My primary research interest is development economics, focusing on family economics, gender, and marriage markets in India. My research (which applies both quasi-experimental and structural methods) focuses on the determinants of marital sorting on the Indian marriage market and the impact of marriage transfers on women’s post-marital outcomes.

I will be available for interviews at the ASSA 2022 and EJME 2021 virtual meetings.


  • Family Economics and Gender
  • Marriage Markets in Developing Countries


  • PhD in Economics, 2022 (Expected)

    Rice University

  • MS in Economics, 2016

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • BE in Electronics and Communication Engineering, 2013

    PES University, Bangalore, India

Media/Policy Writing


‘Til dowry do us part: Bargaining and violence in the Indian marriage market

with Rossella Calvi

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ThePrint India

Downside of dowry crackdown — women’s decision-making power falls, domestic violence goes up

with Rossella Calvi

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Ideas for India

Dowries and women’s well-being post marriage

with Rossella Calvi

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Econ 450: Development Economics

TA: Fall 2019, 2020

Instructor: Rossella Calvi

Econ 209: Applied Econometrics

TA: Spring 2018, 2019, Fall 2020

Instructor: Yinghua He

Award: Dagobert L. Brito Award for Best Performance by a Recitation Instructor in Economics, Rice University