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Ramgopal Agarwala

Honorary Senior Fellow

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.


  • 2014-Present: Honorary Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)
  • Concurrently Chairman, Pahle India Foundation, an NGO whose tagline is: “Putting India First to make India First”
  • Formerly Distinguished Fellow, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
  • 1996-1971: World Bank 
  • 1969-71: Economist, Economic Council of Canada
  • 1966-69: Senior Research Officer, London Graduate School of Business Studies, U.K.  
  • 1961-67: Lecturer in Economics, Calcutta University




  • Ph. D.  Manchester University, 1966, (Thesis: An Econometric Model of India, 1948-49 to 1960-61)
  • M.A. (Economics)  Presidency College, Calcutta University, 1960
  • B.A.  Presidency College, Calcutta University, 1958
  • Books



Research Interests