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Sunil Mitra Kumar

Dr Sunil Mitra Kumar


Lecturer in Economics


Room: 9B, Chesham Building, Strand campus

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7847

Office hours in 2017-18: 

Term 1: on research leave
Term 2: Tuesday 11am -1pm

Biography and research interests

I research economic development through the microeconometric analysis of survey data and I am also interested in theoretical enquiries into notions of causation and the role of randomised experiments.

I am happy to supervise PhD/MRes research on these and related issues and my current PhD students are listed here/supervision.html).

I will be on sabbatical in term 1 of AY 2017-18 and will convene the PhD Contemporary India programme from term 2 onwards.

I usually teach first-year undergraduate microeconomics (Economic Analysis for Emerging Economies) on the BA International Development programme besides an MA module on the India's economy. This year I will be teaching a new MA module on advanced quantitative methods for causal inference.

Before joining King’s, I received my PhD in economics from the University of East Anglia, MA in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and BA in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Before embarking on my PhD, I worked for the Social Initiatives Group of ICICI Bank, an erstwhile major funder of non-profit activities in India. From 2011 to 2014, I jointly developed and taught a short course on impact evaluation at the University of East Anglia's School of International Development, and have taught a short version of this for the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Publications and code

Sunil Mitra Kumar's publications.



  • Indian economy: Structures, policies and challenges
  • Lectures on various co-taught master’s modules.


  • Economic analysis of emerging economies (microeconomics). This is a core first year module on the Institute of International Development’s BA International Development.
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