Prof. Lakshmi Kumar handles Macro Economics, Managerial Economics, International Business and Micro Finance for Management students at IFMR. She is passionate about understanding the savings behaviour of low income households, rural livelihoods and analysis of Government-provided basic services. Prof Lakshmi has also participated in various field based studies in Tamil Nadu, including projects sponsored by Harvard University, University of California, Irvine and NABARD, India.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (1984) and a Master’s in Econometrics (1987) from University of Madras and PhD from IIT Madras in 2008.
Recent Research Publications
Lakshmi Kumar and Swati Dutta (2015), Is Poverty Stochastic or Structural in Nature? Evidence from Rural India, Social Indicators Research, August 2015.
Lakshmi Kumar and Swati Dutta (2015), Role of mobile money in replacing cash:A study among migrant workers in South India, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol.L (Issue 28).
Lakshmi Kumar and Jyoti Prasad Mukhopadhyay. (2013), SHGs and Micro finance: A tale of two poor women in rural Tamil Nadu, Journal of Rural Development, Vol32, No. 3.
Swati Dutta and Lakshmi Kumar (2013) Poverty Dynamics in Rural India: An Asset-Based Approach, Margin,Vol 7, No. 4.
Prof. Lakshmi Kumar has worked on the following long-term projects:
Systematic Review of Market led rural development approaches, funded by DFID (SARH), 2016 to 2018.
Creating a remittance product for India Post, funded by CDFI, New Delhi, 2015-2018.