Dr. Sonam Gupta

Dr. Sonam Gupta (Ph.D., Economics, University of Arizona) is an applied economist with expertise in Applied Econometrics, Labor Economics, and program evaluation methods. Dr. Gupta has significant experience in conducting randomized control trials, employing diverse advanced econometric techniques for data analysis and managing large databases. She has studied policy relevant problems using both primary and secondary data. Her current research projects are based in the US and India, and are unique in part because of her focus on collecting micro level primary data. She has worked with several databases - National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), Canadian Census Public Use Microdata File, Compustat, and EPA databases such as Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), and Integrated Data for Enforcement Analysis (IDEA). In addition to her quantitative skills, Dr. Gupta has experience gathering qualitative data through key informant interviews. She has also designed and tested survey instruments.

Dr. Gupta is currently managing three U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) projects–evaluation of workforce innovation fund (WIF) grantee based in Virginia and California, and literature reviews for Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). For these projects, Dr. Gupta leads random assignment monitoring, several reports, site visits to collect qualitative data, quantitative data collection efforts, and design and implementation of follow-up survey. Dr. Gupta has also supported other two projects from DOL- Evaluation of the Wage and Hour Division’s Use of Remedies, and Research Papers Program. Dr. Gupta was also involved in the development of the web-based tool funded by the Administration for Children and Families. This tool documents the characteristics of the curricula for Healthy Relationships and Responsible Fatherhood programs.

Dr. Gupta conducted two randomized control trials (RCTS) in middle schools in Florida. She received a grant from the Cornell center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs to conduct one of the trials. These RCTs test the effect of the use of technology and peer effects on the food choices of school going children. Before joining IMPAQ, she was Assistant Professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department at the University of Florida. She has taught Ph.D. courses in Labor Economics and Environmental Economics, and undergraduate courses in Econometrics, Statistics, Finance and Micro Economics.

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Chamberlain, A., Gupta, S., Moore, J. & Simonetta, J. (2017, March). An Evaluation Toolkit for the Public Workforce System. Presentation at the National Association of Workforce Board Forum, Washington, DC.

Gupta, S. (2017, March). Serving Disconnected Young Adults: Lessons Learned from @LIKE Program. Presentation at the Raising the Bar Conference, Ellicott City, MD. 

Gupta, S. & Srinivasan, M. (2017, March). A Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Workforce Development Program for Disconnected Youth. Presentation at the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference, Washington, DC.  

Chamberlain, A., Gupta, S., Darling, M., Castleman, B. & Lizik, M. (2016, November). Behavioral Science and Evaluation: Collaboration to Enhance Policymaking. Roundtable presentation at the APPAM Fall Research Conference, Washington, DC.

Gupta, S. (2016, October). RCT Evaluation of BBA’s BMG Program in India. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Gupta, S. (2016, October). Serving Disconnected Young Adults: Impact Evaluation of the @LIKE Program. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Gupta, S. (2016, October). Adapting a Randomized Control Trial Design to Address Possible Spillover Effects in an Evaluation of a Child Labor Prevention Program in India. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Poe-Yamagata, E., Gupta, S. & Nanda, N. (2016, May). Why Evaluate the Public Workforce System. Presentation at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gupta, S., Asay, J., Strumpf, L., Sweeney, I. & Weiner, M. (2016, March). Innovative Approaches to Engaging and Recruiting Disconnected Young Adults. Presentation at the National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum, Washington, DC.

Miller, G., Gupta, S., Kropp, J., Grogan, K. & Mathews, A. (2016). The Effects of Pre-ordering and Behavioral Nudges on National School Lunch Program participants' Food Item SelectionJournal of Economic Psychology.

Gupta, S. (2015, August). Reconnecting Disconnected Young Adults: Preliminary Findings from Linking Innovation, Knowledge, and Employment (@LIKE) Program. Presentation at the National Association for Welfare Research Annual Workshop, Atlanta, GA. 

Gupta, S. (2014, November). The Effects of Pre-Selection and Behavioral Nudges on Food Item Selection by Middle School Children. Paper presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Gupta, S. & Innes, R. (2014). Private politics and environmental management. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68(2), 319-339.