Amit Thorat is an Assistant Professor of Economics, at the Center for the Study of Regional Development at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to this he worked as an Associate Fellow at the National Council for Applied Economics Research (NCAER), New Delhi, where he was part of the India Human Development Survey team. He obtained his PhD Degree in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), JNU. He research has been on issues of income, educational and health inequalities in general and across social, ethnic and religious groups in particular, in the context of India. At present he is working on understanding peoples beliefs around personal and social identity in India and its implications for social behavior, individual distress and economic outcomes. His earlier work includes examining gains for small and marginal farmers from high value production as well as from farmer owned-cooperative farming.