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A significant reason for India's recent growth slowdown has been the deterioration in the investment climate. NCAER is at the forefront of providing support to the government's efforts to build, maintain, contract, and finance infrastructure.
Dr Ramgopal Agarwala is presently Honorary Senior Fellow at NCAER. Besides his NCAER position, he is also Chairman of Pahle India Foundation and was until recently, Distinguished Fellow, RIS. He worked in various senior positions in the World Bank for 25 years with his last posting to Beijing as the chief economist of the World Bank in China. He has written several books and more than two dozen articles in learned journals which cover issues, among others of reforms of international financial architecture. Dr Agarwala did his M.A. in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta University and Ph.D in econometrics from Manchester University.
Saurabh Bandyopadhyay is Associate Fellow at NCAER. He has worked in the areas of industry, infrastructure, agriculture, and consumer demand, including in projects with important field survey components. His recent research includes work on transport, including understanding freight demand for Indian Railways and an earlier study for the Railways on passenger demand, and on the aviation sector to estimate the economic and regional impacts of an international airline’s operations. He is currently working as part of a team on developing a skills index for the states of India for a large research project on understanding the demand and supply factors for skilling in India, and is likely to begin work on a study of the medium and long-term competitiveness of the Indian Railways. Bandyopadhyay received his PhD in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and an MSc in economics from the University of Calcutta.
Debasis Barik is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, working with the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) team. His research interests lie in public health, demography, migration, gender, labour and social security. His dissertation was centered on the health and economic implications of ageing population in Indian states. His current research focuses on health and health systems. His other research interests include analysing the issues arising out of demographic transition in India.
Bornali Bhandari is a Fellow at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focussing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently she is working on analysing the shortcomings of the Indian FDI statistical system. Her wider research interests include analysis of infrastructure, particularly the roads and ICT sectors, G-20 issues like climate change, finance and reserve currency and trade-related issues. She is also co-ordinating NCAER’s macro publications –the Quarterly Review of the Economy and Macrotrack.
Tulika is an Associate Fellow at NCAER with primary research interests in inter-sectoral linkages and Input-Output Analysis. Pursuing her Ph.D at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, she is in the final stages of submitting her PhD thesis on “Measuring Linkages to Identify Key Economic Sectors in India: An Input-Output Analysis.” Her research focuses on the measurement of backward and forward output and employment linkages for 23 sectors of Indian economy using CSO and NSSO data for multiple years. The work also looks at total factor productivity growth and efficient energy usage for these linked sectors. Tulika’s broader research interests are Macro Economics and Econometrics. She holds a MSc. Degree in Economics from University of Calcutta.