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Shashanka Bhide

Senior Advisor, Research Programmes

Dr Shashanka Bhide is a Senior Advisor, Research Programmes, at NCAER. He was associated with NCAER from 1982 to 2014 in different capacities. After leaving NCAER in July 2014, he took up the position of Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai until his retirement in December 2018. His research has covered a number of areas in agriculture, macroeconomic modelling, infrastructure and poverty analysis. He has published extensively, including co-authoring and editing books and journal articles in these fields. Shashanka currently also serves as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI and Board of Governors of the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore.


  • September 2019-Present: Senior Advisor, Research Programmes, NCAER, New Delhi
  • July 2014 to December 2018: Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai
  • October 2004-Present: Senior Research Counsellor, NCAER, New Delhi
  • January 2003-July 2004: Professor and Head RBI Unit, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
  • April 1993-December 2002: Chief Economist, NCAER, New Delhi
  • February 1998-November 1999: Visiting Fellow, Australia South Asia Research Center, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra
  • August 1982- March 1993: Various positions at NCAER.
  • 1980-1982: Staff Economist (Post-Doctoral position), Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, USA



  • PhD Agricultural Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, 1980
  • MSc Agricultural Economics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1975
  • BSc Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences Hebbal, Bangalore, 1973

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Research Interests

Economic Policy
Rural Development