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Rajesh Chadha

Professor & Research Director

Rajesh Chadha is a Professor & Research Director NCAER. He heads the research at NCAER. He has worked extensively on regional and multilateral issues pertaining to international trade. His other areas of interest include foreign direct investment and agricultural markets. He has provided research support to the Indian Government on multiple projects. He has also played a key role in the research projects sponsored by the Governments of India, Australia, and the UK, and various international organisations.


He is the Managing Editor of Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research, NCAER’s international, peer-reviewed journal, and a Member of the editorial board of Vision, the Journal of the Management Development Institute, Gurugram. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Michigan, Melbourne, and Monash, and Visiting Faculty at many prestigious academic and research institutes in India. He was nominated as GTAP Research Fellow (2004-2007) by the Global Trade Analysis Project, Purdue University, USA.


He received his PhD in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.


  • November 2018-Present: Professor and Research Director, NCAER 
  • August 2014-October 2018: Senior Research Counsellor, NCAER 
  • September 2004-July 2014: Senior Fellow, NCAER
  • Teaching and Research: More than 40 years - 28 years at the University of Delhi (1976-2004) including 20 years in Economics Department, Hindu College (1984 to 2004) 
  • Specialisation in international trade with significant experience in applied economic research and economic modelling. 
  • Visiting Faculty: IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IEG Delhi, IIFT Delhi, IIPA Delhi and AIMA Delhi. 
  • Visiting Scholar at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the Universities of Melbourne, Monash, La Trobe and Victoria (Melbourne). 
  • GTAP Research Fellow: Nominated for 2004-2007 by the Purdue University, West Lafayette 



  • PhD Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, 1984
  • MA Business Economics, University of Delhi, 1976 
  • BSc Honours in Physics, University of Delhi, 1974
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