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Malathy D


Room No.: HSB 351C
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4505
Email : mdurai@iitm.ac.in

(Retired on 31st May 2020)


Academic Background:

  •  Ph.D. (Economics) Department of Econometrics, University of Madras -1985
  • M.Phil. (Economics) Department of Econometrics, University of Madras -1978
  • M.A. (Economics), The Ethiraj College for Women, University of Madras – 1977
  • Rockefeller Foundation, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Economic Growth Center, Yale University, USA (2 years during1989-1994)

Courses and Teaching Interests:

  • Economics of Industrial Organization
  • Micro/Macro Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Applied Economics/Applied Econometrics
  • Money, Banking and Finance
  • Statistical System in India
  • Current Economic Issues

Research Interests:

  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of Human Resources (Education, Health, Migration)
  • Technical Education & Manpower
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Industrial Economics
  • Banking & Financial Economics

Research Guidance:

  • Ph.D. – 9 completed; 1 ongoing; MS -3; M.Phil: 1

Research Projects:

  • Completed 6 sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as The Rockefeller Foundation, USA, UNDP, NCAER & Planning Commission GOI, ICSSR, TN State DPEP &SSA.

Selected Publications:

  1. Sunitha, S and D. Malathy (2013), “Measuring Efficiency of Technical Education Institutions in Kerala Using Data Envelopment Analysis”, in Siddharthan N and K Naryanan(Eds.), Human Capital and development- The Indian Experience, Springer
  2. Lakshmi Kumar, D. Malathy and LS. Ganesh (2011), “The Diffusion of ATM Technology in Indian Banking, Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 38 (4).
  3. Brintha Lakshmi, L.S Ganesh andd D. Malathy D (2011), ,” Urban Housing in Developing Countries-A Holistic Approach”, Urban India . Vol 31, (1).
  4. Lakshmi Kumar D Malathy and L S Ganesh (2010), “Productivity Growth and Efficiency Change in Indian Banking: Technology Effect vs Catch-up Effect”, Journal of Advances in Management Research, Volume 7.
  5. Prhabeesh, KP, D. Malathy & R. Madhumathy (2009), “Precautionary and Mercantilist Approaches to Demand for International Reserves: An Empirical Investigation in Indian Context”, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, Vol.2 (2).
  6. Sumitha, S and D. Malathy (2009), “The Changing Structure and Growth of Employment in Kerala, 1993/4 to 2004/5”, The Indian Journal of Laour Economics, Vol.52(2).
  7. Malathy, D and P. Duraisamy (2008), “Women’s Participation in S&T Education and Labour Market in India” in Neelam Kumar (Ed.) Women S&T in India Oxford University Press, Delhi.
  8. Rajesh Raj, SN and D. Malathy (2008), “Efficiency and Productivity in the Indian Unorganised Manufacturing Sector:Did Reforms Matter?” International Review of Economics, Vol.55 (4).
  9. Malathy, D (2007), “Child Schooling and Child Work,” in Abusalleh Shariff and Krishnaraj Maithreyi (eds), State, Markets and Inequalities:Human Development in Rural India, Orient Longman: New Delhi.
  10. Prhabeesh, KP, D. Malathy & R. Madhumathi (2007), “Demand for Foreign Exchange Reserves in India: A Cointegration Approach, South Asian Journal of Management, Vol.14 (2).
  11. Rajesh Raj, SN and Malathy, D (2005), ” Structure, Employment and Productivity Growth: Evidence from the Unorganized Manufacturing Sector in India, 1984/5- 1994/5″, Journal of International Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 11(1).
  12. Ramasastri, AS, D. Malathy and LVLN Sarma (2003), “Market Efficiency in the Indian Stock, Forex and Call Money Markets,” Review of Development & Change, Vo. VII (1).
  13. Duraisamy, P and D. Malathy (2003), “Public Expenditure and Grants-in-Aid for Secondary Education in Tamil Nadu”, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol. XVII (4).
  14. Sukanya, S and D. Malathy (2002), “Distribution and Determinants of Child Morbidity in Rural Tamil Nadu,” Asian-African Journal of Economics & Econometrics, Vo.2(1).
  15. Malathy, D (2000), “Financing Technical Education in India,” Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol XIV, No(1).
  16. P. Duraisamy and D Malathy, (1997), “Male-Female Earnings Differentials in the Scientific and Technical Labor Market in India,” Research in Labor Economics, Vol. 16.
  17. Malathy, D (1997), “Women’s Choice of Work and Fertility in Urban Tamil Nadu, India” Research in Population Economics, Vol. 8.
  18. Malathy, D and P. Duraisamy (1996), “Sex Discrimination in Indian Labor Markets”, Feminist Economics, Vol. 2 (2).
  19. Duraisamy, P and D. Malathy (1995), “Determinants of Investment in Health of Boys and Girls: Evidence from Rural Households of Tamil Nadu, India”, Indian Economic Review, Vol. 30 (2).
  20. Duraisamy, P and D. Malathy1(995), “Returns to Higher Education in India”, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Vol. 9 (1).
  21. Malathy, D (1994), “Women’s Labor Supply: Methodological Issues and Sensitivity Analysis”, Journal of Quantitative Economics, Vol10 (2).
  22. Malathy, D (1994), “Education and Women’s Time Allocation to Nonmarket Work in Urban India” Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 42 (4).


  • Participated and presented papers in over 50 national and international conferences

Administrative Assignments:

  • Head of the department from March 2014 to till date
  • Convener – Programme and Curriculum Development and Coordinator Economics Group -Five Year Integrated Masters Programme, IIT Madras, 2004-06
  • Chairperson, Women’s Forum IIT Madras, 2000-2003
  • Warden – Sarayu Hostel, 1990-1992

Professional Membership:

  • Member of the Institutional Review Board, YRG CARE, Chennai (2003 onwards)
  • Member of the Senate at NITT (since 2008) & NITK (since 2013)
  • Member Board of Studies in Economics of several institutions
  • Member Advisory Board, Centre for Data sharing, Yale University, USA (1995-2000)
  • Member of the Academic Council, Mother Teresa Woman’s University, 1992-1995
  • Life Member The Indian Econometric Society
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