Dr. Khushboo Aggarwal

Assistant Professor, School of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Khushboo has over seven years of research and teaching experience at premiere institutions like University of Delhi & Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her key areas of interest are economics of education, health, environment and development economics. During the early stage of her research career, she received global recognition for her research work from external entities. She was awarded with the best research paper at 2nd International Conference at FLAME University in association with Indian Econometrics Society and the Wage Indicator Foundation.  Her paper also received the best paper award in the International Conference on “Sustainable Development in International Higher Education: Strategies to achieve Gender Equality and Empowerment” organised by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University & Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was also offered scholarship to attend workshop organised by J-PAL/CLEAR South Asia. Her phenomenal contribution on Arsenic contamination and Child’s education in India has gained herworldwide attention. Khushboo has worked on project that deals with pressing issues such as water contamination particularly groundwater despite India being the world’s highest user of groundwater. She has co authored several research papers published in national and international journals and chapters in edited book.

She has received several scholarships for her outstanding performance in academics. Due to her leadership qualities, she has consistently been a part of several committees.

She has participated actively in various national and international seminars, workshops, conferences, FDPs organised by well recognised institution like Boston University, North East Universities Development Consortium, BITS Pilani, Indian Statistical Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Jamia Milia Islamia University, University of Delhi, Jadavpur University, and Calcutta University among others. She has been a consistent performer in academics and extracurricular activities and her thirst to seek more knowledge makes her more dynamic in her career.

Academic Qualifications:

  1. PhD (Economics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, (2022)
  2. M Phil (Economics), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2016)
  3. MA (Economics), CCS University, Meerut, (2014)
  4. BA Hons. (Economics), Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, (2012)

Professional Affiliations:

  1. Visiting Faculty, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  2. Visiting Faculty, Sri Aurobindo College, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  3. Project Head, Project on Water Contamination in India, Joint Collaborative work of Jawaharlal Nehru University and University of Sydney

Research Interests:

Economics of Education, Health and Development Economics, Environmental Economics


Health shock, catastrophic expenditure and its consequences on welfare of the household engaged in informal sector (with Nadeem Ahmad). Journal of Public Health, 25(6), 611-624, 2017

The Impacts of Fluoride Contamination in Groundwater on Public Health in India: Evidence from Skeletal Diseases and Dental Diseases (with Nadeem Ahmad). Journal of Water Pollution & Purification Research, 3(2), 43-60, 2019

Article in edited book on FDI titled as “FDI in agriculture: Challenges and Prospects”

Effect of Arsenic on Health: Evidence from Indian districts, The Indian Economic Journal, SAGE, Forthcoming

Working Papers

“Still Waters Run Deep: Groundwater Arsenic Contamination & Education Outcomes in India” (with Marian Vidal-Fernandez and Dr. Rashmi Barua), March 2020, Under Review

Gender Disparities in the Prevalence of Undernutrition in India: The Unexplored Effects of Drinking Contaminated Water (with Dr. Rashmi Barua), Under Review

“Gender Inequity and Economic Growth: An Empirical Analysis”, October 2021, Under Review

“Impact of Female Education on Crime against Women in India”, October 2021, Under Review

“Fluoride and children’s health in India: District level Analysis”, September 2021, Under Review

“Effect of Open Defecation on Child Health Outcomes”, August 2021, Under Review

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