Dr. Veronica Pala

Economics Department

Designation: Assistant Professor

Joined NEHU on

22-03-2007

Qualifications:

M.A. & Ph. D (NEHU)

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, NEHU (Since 22-03-2007)
  • Lecturer, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong (15.05.2002-21-03-2007)

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

Development Economics; Poverty Analysis; Inter - Social Group Disparities; Gender Issues; Labour and Employment Issues

Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, North- Eastern Hill University, Shillong since January 18, 2010.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences and Social Sciences, North- Eastern Hill University, Shillong from March 22, 2007 to January 18, 2010.
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong from May 15, 2002 to March 21, 2007.

Phd Awarded/Supervised

  1. Ms. Rupa Bakor Kharshiing (awarded in September 2017)
  2. Ms. Anika Mary Wanhun Kshiar Shadap (awarded in August 2019)
  3. Ms Pyallie D. Sangma (submitted in September 2018)

Academic affiliations (if any)

Life Member: (i) Indian Economic Association, (ii) Indian Society of Labour Economics 

Research Projects

  • “Identifying Pathways Out of Durable Inequalities” with Prof. Amaresh Dubey, CSRD, JNU (principal investigator) and Dr. K. K. Mishra, BHU, Prof. R. Pandey, BHU, Dr. G. Sridevi, University of Hyderabad and Dr. V. Pala, NEHU (co-investigators); Sponsor: Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi (ongoing).
  •  “Levels of Living and Poverty among Socio-religious Groups in India: Analysis of the Correlates and Determinants at the Region Level” (With Anika M. W. K. Shadap), Sponsor: Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, November 2015.
  • ·“Gender Issues in Rural Meghalaya”, Sponsor: International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome; June 2013.
  • ·“Determinants of Post-Higher Secondary Enrolment in India during 1993-94 to 2009-10”, Sponsor: Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi; January 2013.
  • Co-ordinated the data collection process in Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland for the India Human Development Survey - II, 2012, conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi and the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
  • Social Structure And Educational And Employment Achievements: A Study Of Disparities Across Different Social Groups In India during 1983 To 2009-10”, Sponsor: Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi; December 2012.
  • “Social Structure and Educational and Employment Achievements: A Study Of Disparities Across Different Social Groups In India during 1983 to 2004-05” (with Amaresh Dubey); Sponsor: Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi; July 2011.
  • “Determinants of Post-Higher Secondary Enrolment in India” (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsor: University Grants Commission, November 2007.
  •  “Social Structure and Educational and Employment Achievements: Study of Disparities across Different Social Groups in India” (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsor: Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi, March 2006.
  • Co-ordinated the data collection process in the entire North Eastern Region including Sikkim for the India Human Development Survey - I, 2003-2007 conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi and the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
  • Co-ordinated the data collection process in the state of Meghalaya for the National Survey on Household Income And Expenditure (2005) conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.
  •  “Disparities in Consumption and Poverty among different Social Groups in India” (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsor: The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, March 2004.
  • “Labour Profile of the Northeastern States of India” (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsor: V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA, July 2003.

Publications

  • Pala, V. (2019). “Social exclusion and poverty in India: The case for a more decentralized approach”, Indian Journal of Economics & Development, (ISSN: 2320-9828; e_ISSN: 2322-0430), Vol. 7, No. 4, April.
  •  Pala, V. & Sangma, P. D. (2018). Determinants of Women's Participation in Agriculture in India with special focus on the Role of Education”, International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research, (ISSN: 2455-8834), Vol. 3, No.6, pp. 2771-2782.
  • Shadap, A. M. W. K. & Pala, V. (2017). “Nutritional intake and consumption pattern in the states of Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya”, The NEHU Journal, Vol. XV, No. 2, July-December, 2017, pp. 15-28.
  • Pala, V. & Dubey, A. (2017). “Poverty and nutrition in the north eastern region of India”, in Mishra, Deepak K. and Upadhyay, Vandana. (eds.) Rethinking Economic Development in Northeast India: The Emerging Dynamics, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 97-135.
  •  Fernandes, W., Pala, V., Bharali, G. & Dutta, B. (2016), The Development Dilemma: Displacement in Meghalaya 1947-2010, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati. ISBN-9788189762568
  •  “Unequal Access to Water: Implications for Poverty and Educational Attainment”, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Resource Management in the Eastern Himalayan Region, St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, (2016), ISBN-978-81-910147-4-7, pp. 141-150.
  • “Trends and Patterns of Migration in the North Eastern Region of India” (with Ibalari Phylla Khongjoh), in Nongrum, K. and Warjri, A. P. (eds.) Human Migration in South Asia: Dynamics and Implications, Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi (2016), ISBN: 978-81-837047-4-8, pp. 8-38.
  • “Government Educational Incentives and Enrolment in Indian States”, (with Rupa Bakor Kharshiing), International Journal of Economic and Business Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2016, pp. 101-113. (UGC approved Journal No. 47335; ISSN 2349-0187)
  • “Poverty Reduction and Structural Changes in Indian States: The First Dozen Years of the New Millennium”, The Indian Economic Journal, Special Issue on Income and Wealth Inequalities and their Relation with Social Class, December 2015, pp. 63-78.
  • “Rights and Responsibilities of Tribal Women at Home and Work in Rural Meghalaya”, Man and Society: A Journal of North-East Studies, Vol. XII, Summer 2015, pp.160-175.
  • “Combating Child Labour: The Need for a Holistic Approach”, The NEHU Journal, Vol. XII, No. 2, July-December, 2014, pp. 27-40.
  • "Calorie Deficiency among Scheduled Tribes in the North-Eastern Region of India” (with Ibalari Phylla Khongjoh), in Nathan, Dev and Xaxa, Virginius (eds.), Social Exclusion and Adverse Inclusion: Development and Deprivation of Adivasis in India, Institute for Human Development and Oxford University Press, New Delhi, (2012), ISBN-13: 978-0-19-807893-7, ISBN-10: 0-19-807893-5, pp. 286-309.
  • “Human Development: Concept and Measurement”, chapter II of the Meghalaya Human Development Report 2008, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong, pp. 17-30, (2009).
  • “Income, Employment and Unemployment in Meghalaya” (with Minakshi Chakraborty and Smita Das), chapter VI of the Meghalaya Human Development Report 2008, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong, pp. 125-160, (2009).
  • “Social Sector in Meghalaya” (with Shreeranjan),  chapter XI of the Meghalaya State Development Report, 2008-09, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong, pp. 347-396, (2009).
  • “Labour and Employment”, chapter XII of the Meghalaya State Development Report, 2008-09, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong, pp. 397-417, (2009).
  • “Role of Christianity in Fostering Literacy and Education in Northeastern Region: Statistical Evidence” (with Amaresh Dubey) in Subba, T. B., J. Puthenpurakal and S. J. Puykunnel (eds.) Christianity and Change in Northeast India, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. 63-92, (2009), ISBN 81-8069-447-X.
  • “The Non-farm Sector in the Rural North- Eastern Region of India: Some Correlates and Determinants” (with Smita Das and Amaresh Dubey), Manpower Journal, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 51-72, April-June, (2007).
  • "Migration in the North- Eastern Region of India: Some Issues" (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das) in Dubey, Amaresh, M. Satish Kumar, N. Srivastava and E. D. Thomas (eds.) Globalisation and North- East India, Standard Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 55-92, (2007), ISBN 81-87471-39-5.
  • "The Employment Situation in the North- Eastern Region Of India: A Gender Perspective" (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das) in Dubey, Amaresh, M. Satish Kumar, N. Srivastava and E. D. Thomas (eds.) Globalisation and North- East India, Standard Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 115-146, (2007), ISBN 81-87471-39-5.
  • "The Non-farm Sector in the Rural North- Eastern Region of India: Some Correlates and Determinants" (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das) in Dubey, Amaresh, M. Satish Kumar, N. Srivastava and E. D. Thomas (eds.) Globalisation and North- East India, Standard Publishers, New Delhi, pp. 147-170, (2007), ISBN 81-87471-39-5.
  • “The Employment Situation in the North-Eastern Region of India: A Gender Perspective” (with Smita Das, Amaresh Dubey and Eugene D. Thomas), Manpower Journal (Special Issue on North East), Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 151-170, April-June, (2006).
  • “Labour in the Unorganised Sector” (with Amaresh Dubey) in Debroy, Bibek and Kaushik, P. D.  (eds.) Reforming Labour Market, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, pp. 337-377, (2005).
  • “Economic Liberalisation and Female Labour Force Participation Rate” (with Amaresh Dubey and E. D. Thomas) in Debroy, Bibek and Kaushik, P. D. (eds.) Reforming Labour Market, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, pp. 379-396, (2005).
  • “Workforce Participation of Women in Rural India: The Role of Education” (with Amaresh Dubey and Eugene D. Thomas), The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 47 No. 4, pp. 749-760, (2004).
  • “Education and Participation of Women in the Labour Force: Evidence from Indian Micro Data” (with Amaresh Dubey and M. Satish Kumar), in Proceedings of the First International Manas University Conference in Economics, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, pp. 157-179, (2004).
  • “Labour Mobility: Evidence from Northeastern Region of India” (with Smita Das and Amaresh Dubey), Labour and Development, Vol. 9, No.2, pp. 196-222, (2003).
  • “Non-farm Employment and Decline in Rural Poverty in India: An Exploratory Exercise” (with Smita Das and Amaresh Dubey), Manpower Journal, Vol. 38, Nos. 2&3, pp. 49-73, July-December, (2002).

Papers presented in Conferences/Seminars

  • “Human Development in the North-Eastern Region of India: Identifying priorities for public policy”, paper presented in the UGC-SAP National Seminar on Public Policy, Governance and Development in Northeastern States, organized by Political Science Department, NEHU, Shillong, 13th – 15th March 2019.
  • “Role of Khasi - Pnar Women as Community Builders and Peace Makers”, paper presented at the National Seminar on The Role of Women in Peace Processes, organised by North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati, 2nd - 3rd November, 2018.
  • “Structural transformation of the economies of North-Eastern states of India with special focus on the service sector” (with Keziah Gangmei), paper presented in the 19th Annual Conference of the North East Economic Association, hosted by the Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, 23rd – 24th March 2018.
  • “Employment and Education in North East India: Exploring the Great Divide”, paper presented in the International Inter-disciplinary seminar on "Human Resource Development in South Asia: Capabilities, Challenges and Prospects", organized by Synod College, Shillong and South Asia Social Science Research Network , India Chapter, at Synod College, Shillong,  during 16 – 17 March 2018.
  • “The Challenge of Employment in the North-Eastern Region of India” in the National Seminar on Agrarian Crisis, Rural Credit and Employment in the North-East,  organised by the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati and Department of Economics, NEHU, Shillong, at ICSSR-NERC, Shillong, during 23-24 February, 2018.
  • “The Social Impact of Education”, paper presented in the Seminar on Reclaiming Education organised by ICARE, Asian Confluence, Shillong, June 21, 2017.
  •  “Type of Development in Meghalaya and Nature of Displacement” Keynote Address presented in the Seminar on Displacement: Search for Alternatives in Meghalaya, Loyola College, Williamnagar, 24th February 2017.
  • “Disparities in Poverty and Consumption among Social Groups in Indian States”, paper presented in the Workshop on Causes of the Varying Performance of Indian States jointly organized by the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), JNU and Indian Institute of Dalit Studies; CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 21st – 22nd, November, 2016.
  •  “Poverty Reduction and Structural Changes in Indian States: The First Dozen Years of the New Millennium”, paper presented in the 98th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association, hosted by Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, December 27th – 29th, 2015.
  • “Unequal Access to Water: Implications for Poverty and Level of Living”, paper presented in the International Conference on Water Resource Management in the Eastern Himalayas, organised by St. Anthony’s College, Shillong, November 4th - 5th , 2015.
  •  “Poverty, Food Consumption Pattern and Nutritional Intake in North-East India”, paper presented in the National Seminar on Poverty, Inequality and Health in India with special reference to North-East India, organized by the Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong in collaboration with Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Shillong, October 8-10, 2015.
  • “Trends and Patterns of Migration in the North Eastern Region of India” (with Ibalari Phylla Khongjoh), paper presented in the Interdisciplinary International Seminar On Human Migration in South Asia: Dynamics and Implications, organised by Synod College, Shillong, October, 9-10, 2014.
  • “Combating Child Labour: The Need for a Holistic Approach”, paper presented at the National Seminar on Child Advocacy: A Collective Call to Action, organised by the Department of Social Work, Women’s College, Shillong, October 25-26, 2013.
  • “Vulnerable and Marginalised Women and Women in Difficult Circumstances in the North-Eastern Region of India" at the Regional Conference on Achieving Convergence for Empowerment of Women, organised by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women, Government of India, and the Social Welfare Department, Government of Meghalaya, at Shillong, February 7 - 8, 2012.
  • “Education and Unemployment in NE States: Security Implications” (with Amaresh Dubey), paper presented at the Workshop on The New Security Agenda in the North-East of South Asia, organized jointly by BASAS (British Association for South Asian Studies) and NEHU, Shillong, March 11 – 17, 2010.
  • “Calorie Deficiency among Scheduled Tribes in the North-Eastern Region of India” (with Ibalari Phylla Khongjoh), paper presented at the International Seminar on Adivasi/ ST Communities in India: Development and Change, organised by the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, August 27 – 29, 2009.
  • “Human Development in India: A Look at Disparities among Social Groups”, paper presented at the International Conference on Measuring Human Development organized by National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi and University of Maryland College Park, Washington, New Delhi May 16-18, 2008.
  • “Role of Christianity in Fostering Literacy and Education in North- Eastern Region: Statistical Evidence” (with Amaresh Dubey), paper presented at the National Seminar on Cultural Change among the Tribes of North East India, organized by the Department of Anthropology, NEHU, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures and Sacred Heart Theological College, Mawlai, Shillong, October 26-28, 2006.
  • “Workforce Participation of Women in Rural India: The Role of Education” (with Amaresh Dubey and Eugene D. Thomas), paper submitted for the 46th Annual Conference of Labour Economics, Jaipur, December 16-18, 2004.
  • “Occupational Structure and Wage Differentials in India” (with Amaresh Dubey and Orester Kharpuri), paper submitted for presentation in the International Seminar on Wages and Incomes in India: Emerging Patterns and Policy Issues, organised by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Institute for Human Development and Indian Society of Labour Economics, Mumbai, December 12-14, 2004.
  • “Youth Unemployment in the North-Eastern States” (with Amaresh Dubey and Orester Kharpuri), paper presented in the Seminar on Transforming the Hill Economy of North East India :  Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, Arunachal University, Itanagar, November 25-26, 2004.
  • “Education and Participation of Women in the Labour Force: Evidence from Indian Micro Data” (with Amaresh Dubey and M. Satish Kumar), paper presented in the First International Manas University Conference in Economics, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 23-24, 2004.
  • “The Employment Situation in the North-Eastern Region of India: A Gender Perspective” (with Smita Das and Amaresh Dubey), paper submitted to the National Seminar on Human Resource Development in North East Region in the Era of Globalisation, organised by The Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi, March 4-5, 2003.
  • “Migration in the North Eastern Region of India: Some Issues” (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das), paper presented in The National Seminar on Globalisation, Employment, Migration and Trade: Relevance for the North-Eastern Region of India, sponsored by The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, organised by the Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, November 22-23, 2002.
  • “The Nonfarm Sector in the Rural North Eastern Region of India: Some Correlates and Determinants” (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das) paper presented in The National Seminar on Globalisation, Employment, Migration and Trade: Relevance for the North-Eastern Region of India, sponsored by The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, organised by the Department of Economics, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, November 22-23, 2002.
  • “Rural Non-farm Employment in the North Eastern Region of India: An Exploratory Exercise” (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das), paper presented in the Workshop on Employment, Unemployment and Generation of Employment: A Macro Development Perspective, organized by the V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, Guwahati, March 26-27, 2002.
  • “Rural Non-farm Employment and Decline in Poverty in India: An Exploratory Exercise” (with Smita Das and Amaresh Dubey), paper presented in the Workshop on Employment in the Rural Non-farm Sector, organised by the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi, March 2002.

Collaboration/Consultancy:

  • Consultant to the Asian Development Bank in a project titled “Procurement and Analysis of Survey Data: Identifying Districts in NSS and ASI Micro Data Over Time” during the period 26 – 01 – 2011 to 31 – 03- 2011.
  • Co-ordinated the preparation of the Meghalaya Human Development Report, 2008, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong; a report prepared in collaboration with the Planning Commission, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), released on 27th October, 2009.

Any other

  • Participated in the Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Workshop organized by Cornell University, USA and Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), Mysore, India at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru during 3rd – 18th July 2018.