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Girish Bahal

Girish N Bahal is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. Girish’s principal interests are in Macroeconomics, Labour, and Development Economics. During his doctoral research on “Essays on the Macroeconomics of Social Transfers and Public Investment” at the University of Cambridge, Girish worked on quantifying transfer spending multipliers and on understanding the labour market effects of large employment guarantee schemes in India such as the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Girish has worked with organisations like the Reserve Bank of India, Global Development Network, and the International Monetary Fund. His current research work is on migration, misallocation, and the identification of various distortions and imperfections in labour markets in India. Girish holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Delhi.

Debasis Barik

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. 

Tulika Bhattacharya

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. 

Mousumi Das

Mousumi Das, an Associate Fellow at NCAER, recently submitted her PhD thesis at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai on “Food Security in India: Measures, Issues and Policy Imperatives”. Her broader research interests are on food policy and labour economics, with a strong interest in applied micro-econometrics. She recently returned from a visiting fellowship at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC as a Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellow awarded by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). She is presently part of the Skill India project team at NCAER.