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Bornali Bhandari

Senior Fellow

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.


  • November 2018-Present: Senior Fellow, NCAER, New Delhi
  • July 2009-October 2018: Fellow, NCAER, New Delhi
  • August 2006-June 2009: Assistant Professor of Economics, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg
  • June 2008-August 2008: Consultant, NCAER, New Delhi
  • September 2001-June 2006: Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • July 2006-August 2006 : Research Assistant, Dr Bruce Blonigen, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • July 2003-September 2003: Research Assistant, Dr Shankha Chakraborty, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • August 1999-June 2001: Graduate Assistant, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
  • December 1998-July 1999: Research Assistant, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi


  • PhD Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, 2006  
  • MA Applied Economics, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 2001 
  • MA Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 1998
  • BA  Economics, University of Delhi, New Delhi, 1996
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