Saurabh Bandyopadhyay

Saurabh Bandyopadhyay is a 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.

 
Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, and former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-16). From December 2009 to July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India at the Ministry of Finance. Till 2009 he was Chairman of the Department of Economics and during 2006-09 he was Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell.

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Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Bhagwati is University Professor (Economics, Law, and International Affairs) at Columbia University and Senior Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He has been economic policy adviser the Director-General of GATT (1991-93), special adviser to the UN on globalization, and external adviser to the WTO. He has served on the expert group appointed by the director-general of the WTO on the future of the WTO and was  a member of the Eminent Persons Group on the future of UNCTAD. Recently, he has been co-chair with President Halonen of Finland of the Eminent Persons Group on Developing Countries in the World Economy. He received his BA in Economics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

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Bornali Bhandari

Bornali Bhandari is a Senior Fellow at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focusing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently she is engaged in analysing and assessing the progress and prospects of implementing Direct Benefit Transfers in states and Union Territories. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and employment), infrastructure, particularly the roads and ICT sectors, G-20 issues like climate change financing and reserve currency, FDI and trade-related issues. She also oversees the production of NCAER’s macro publications, the Quarterly Review of the Economy, and Quarterly Business Expectations Survey. 

 

Bornali received her PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon, Eugene, USA.

 
 
Rajesh Chadha

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.

 
Pallavi Choudhuri

Pallavi Choudhuri is a Fellow at NCAER, working with the National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC). Her ongoing research delves into issues related to gender, financial inclusion, and development, using applied micro-econometric tools. Previously at NCAER, she has worked on assessing challenges to skill development and workforce participation and on examining the pace of business regulatory reforms. Prior to joining NCAER, Choudhuri taught courses in Economics and Finance at the Grand Valley State University and the University of Wyoming. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming, where her research focused on risks and regulation in the U.S. banking industry.

 
Madhura Chowdhuri

 
Sanjukta Das

Sanjukta Das is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. She is an applied micro-economist with interests also in macroeconomics and economic growth issues. In her doctoral research on “Rethinking Approaches to Food Security and Poverty in Developing Economies,” Sanjukta worked on identifying the optimal design of food security policies for poverty alleviation. Sanjukta received her PhD in economics from the University of Georgia, USA and a M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

 
Stefan Dercon

Stefan Dercon is the Professor of Development Economics at the University of Oxford and the Chief Economist at the Department for International Development, UK Government. He is also a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College Oxford. Prior to this he has held positions at UNU-WIDER, Helsinki, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Addis Ababa University. His research interest lies in risk and poverty, agriculture and rural institutions, political economy, childhood poverty, social and geographic mobility, micro-insurance, and measurement issues related to poverty and vulnerability. Much of his work involves the collection and analysis of longitudinal data sets, and is involved in a number of field experiments related to health insurance in Kenya, and several in Ethiopia including selling drought insurance to funeral groups, raising aspirations in poor rural families and studying the impact of factory jobs on wellbeing. 

 

Dercon received his PhD in Economics from Oxford University. 

 

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Shaantayanan Devarajan

Shantayanan Devarajan is the Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC) and Acting Chief Economist of the World Bank Group. Previously, he was the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region.  Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, South Asia, and Africa Region.  His research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. He received his B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley

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