About Devika Kher

Programme Manager

Devika is an Associate Programme Manager for Cogitatum and helps manage the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy programme. Her research focus includes public economics, urban governance and labour economics. She has worked on topics like female labour employement in India, expenditure incurred by the Union Government on public health, the role of markets within the Indian States, and the smart cities mission.

Devika has been a contributing author for Takshashila’s in-house publication, Distance From Delhi: Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy. She has also co-authored papers on Public Expenditure on Health in India from 2005-06 to 2015-16 and on the Regressive Nature of Central Transfers on Health. She blogs frequently on Takshashila’s blogging platforms and is a regular contributor to Pragati. Before joining Takshashila, she had co-authored a chapter on Muslim street food in India, in a book Mumbai – Socio-Cultural Perspectives: Contribution of Ethnic Groups and Communities.

Devika holds an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Economics from Sophia College for Women and University of Mumbai respectively.


Kher Devika, Selling Air India should set off new wave of divestment: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/655968/selling-air-india-should-set.html (January 2018)

Kher Devika, Karnataka’s growth story beyond Bangalore, Udayavani (Kannada Newspaper): http://epaper.udayavani.com/epapernew.php?articleid=UVANI_BEN_20170407_8_6&width=572px (April 2017)

Kher, Devika. Disinvestment: More than just revenue source. Mint http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/ZxVQBVNoq8UbqDwVhCMY6M/Divestment-More-than-just-revenue.html (May 2016)

Kher Devika and Amin Adhip, Karnataka’s investment in cities isn’t smart enough: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31806&articlexml=Karnatakas-investment-in-cities-isnt-smart-enough-20032016005018 (March 2016)

Kher Devika. Take Cities to the Women. https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/5097/take-cities-to-the-women/ (July 2018)

Kher Devika. Frailty, Thy Name is Public Policy https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/4455/frailty-thy-name-is-public-policy/ (May 2018)

Kher Devika. The Case of the Missing State Finance Commissions. Pragati https://www.thinkpragati.com/opinion/2515/case-missing-state-finance-commissions/ (October 2017)

Kher Devika.What India’s cash-strapped municipalities can learn from Pune’s new revenue formula. https://scroll.in/article/841595/what-indias-cash-strapped-municipalities-can-learn-from-punes-new-revenue-formula (June 2017)

Kher Devika, Empower Our Cities, Pragati https://www.thinkpragati.com/reforms/981/empower-our-cities/ (May 2017)

Kher Devika. De-congesting Delhi: Why the odd and even scheme doesn’t add up. http://www.huffingtonpost.in/devika-kher/decongesting-the-city-cen_b_9265414.html ( July 2016)

Srinath Pavan and Kher Devika, How Karnataka creates resources and spends it: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/7kVAnJS9Yg2Iqz3BZyCWjP/How-Karnataka-generates-resources-and-spends-it.html (March 2016)

Kher Devika, Human capital: Where does India stand?, Pragati- The Indian National Interest Review: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2015/08/human-capital-where-does-india-stand/ (August 2015)

Kher Devika, Positioning of firms, Pragati- The Indian National Interest Review: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2015/07/positioning-of-firms/ (July 2015)

Kher Devika, Farmer suicides: A global phenomenon, Pragati- The Indian National Interest Review: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2015/05/farmer-suicides-a-global-phenomena/ (May 2015)

Kher Devika and Tadepalli Apoorva, Managing disasters in India, Pragati- The Indian National Interest Review: http://pragati.nationalinterest.in/2014/07/managing-disasters-in-india/ (July 2014)

Kher Devika, et al. ‘Distance from Delhi- Essays on Geopolitics, Economics and Public Policy’. Bangalore: Takshashila Institution, 2015: ISBN: 978-8193197646

Seminar on Innovations in e-Governance, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore December 2017

CP2: Economic Reasoning for Public Analysis

Metrics of Empowerment

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