Ramgopal Agarwala

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.

 
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.

 
Saurabh Bandyopadhyay

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

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

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

 
Tarujyoti Buragohain

Tarujyoti Buragohain is an Associate Fellow at NCAER., Her research interests include infrastructure and energy issues. She has written several project reports for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Human Research Development.  She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of Solar Photovoltaics in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy,  a member of the Research Advisory Committee on Tribal Development Research in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and is a life member of Bhartiya Arthik Shodh Sansthan and the Input–Output Research Association.

 
Pallavi Choudhuri

Pallavi Choudhuri is an Associate Fellow at NCAER with primary research interests in the area of Financial Economics, Empirical Industrial Organization, and Applied Microeconometrics. She currently focuses on areas related to financial inclusion, economic development, and industrial sector analysis in the Indian context. She is also involved in assessing recent trends in Money and Capital Markets for the NCAER publication, Quarterly Review of the Economy. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming. Her dissertation centered on risk and regulation in the banking industry in the U.S. economy.

 
Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal

Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, Associate Fellow at NCAER since 1988, is the Principal Investigator for an evaluation study of MGNREGA by the Planning Commission. His expertise is survey-based research in the social sector with strong skills in qualitative research methods.  

 
Poonam Munjal

Poonam Munjal is a Fellow at the NCAER. She has worked on a wide variety of studies, including the N-SIPI investment index, tourism satellite accounts, impact of investment in housing sector and a number of research studies based on input-output models. Previously, she worked as an Associate Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd. and as an Economist in the Economic Research Team of CRISIL Ltd. Her research work has been in the area of macro-economic analysis, tourism economy, national and regional tourism satellite accounts, input-output modelling, social accounting matrix, inter-industry linkages, labour market analysis, and analyses of large sample surveys to draw socio-economic linkages.

 
Rajat M. Nag

Rajat M. Nag recently joined NCAER as a Distinguished Fellow. He was the Managing Director General of the Asian Development Bank in Manila from 2006 t0 2013 and has held several other top positions at the ADB. Rajat is internationally well known for his intellectual leadership, extensive operational experience, and in-depth knowledge of development issues, particularly in infrastructure financing, public-private partnerships, and regional cooperation. His research interest is in working to enhance regional cooperation and integration in Asia.  He holds engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. He also has Masters Degrees in Business Administration from Canada and in Economics from the London School of Economics.

 
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