Debasis Barik

Debasis Barik

Senior Fellow

Debasis Barik is a Senior Fellow, at the NCAER National Data Innovation Centre. He is a demographer by training with a specialization in economic demography and ageing. He has worked on public health, migration, gender, and intergenerational well-being. However, more than a decade of work at NCAER has diversified his research career, now spanning the intersection of demography, economics, and human development. Dr. Barik’s current research focuses broadly on the adaptation process of Indian households to environmental threats.

In recent years, Dr. Barik has focused extensively on the design and implementation of large household surveys. As a member of the core team for the India Human Development Survey – Wave 3, he has helped design questions slated to be administered to nearly 50,000 households nationwide, taking into account the geographical and cultural diversity of India. He has also developed tools for remote monitoring of data and quality control.

His research has been published in journals of global repute, including World Development, Feminist Economics, and Health Economics. He has served on the expert group of National Health Accounts (NHA), formed by the National Health System Resource Centre (NHSRC), Government of India, to institutionalize the NHA estimates annually. He also contributes opinion articles to English language dailies.

JOURNAL | Feminist Economics
Gender and Generation: Land Ownership and Older Indians’ Autonomy
Debasis Barik, Sonalde Desai and Hope Xu Yan

Insured but Not Covered: Rising Insurance Coverage Should be Accompanied by Awareness of Entitlements
Debasis Barik,  Santanu Pramanik,  Sonalde Desai

A Glass Half Full: Changes in Standard of Living since 2012 
Sonalde Desai | Manjistha Banerji | Debasis Barik | Dinesh Tiwari | O.P. Sharma

JOURNAL |  World Development
Economic Status and Adult Mortality in India: Is the Relationship Sensitive to Choice of Indicators?
D Barik, Sonalde Desai & Reeve Vanneman

JOURNAL |  Health Economics
Evolving health expenditure landscape of the BRICS nations and projections to 2025
Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Elena Potapchik, Larisa Popovich, Debasis Barik and Thomas E. Getzend

JOURNAL  |  Frontiers in Public Health
Rising Health Expenditure Due to Non-communicable Diseases in India: An Outlook 
D Barik & Perianayagam Arokiasamy

JOURNAL |  Frontiers in Public Health
Issues of unequal access to public health in India
D Barik & A thorat

JOURNAL  |  Economic and Political Weekly Vol I, No,. 24
After the Dividend: Caring for a Greying India
D Barik, Tushar Agrawal & Sonalde Desai

JOURNAL |  Middle East Journal of Age and Ageing
Living Arrangements and Treatment Seeking Behaviour of the Elderly from Different Economic Segments in India
D Barik

BOOK CHAPTER  |  Springer Nature
After the Dividend: Caring for a Greying India
D Barik, Tushar Agrawal & Sonalde Desai

REPORT |  India Infrastructure Report 2013|14 – The Road to Universal Health Coverage
Determinants of Private Healthcare Utilisation and Expenditure Patterns in India
D Barik & Sonalde Desai

BOOK CHAPTER   |   Concept Publishing Company
Environmental Performance and its Determinants – A Study of Pulp and Paper Industry in India
S K Jana and D Barik | S K Jana and M K Pal (eds.)

Opinion | The Hindu Business Line
The piquant case of a successful maternity benefit scheme
Debasis Barik and Sonalde Desai
March 1, 2024

OPINION  |  The Hindu
A remedy for health insurance
Debasis Barik
February 2023

OPINION  |  The Hindu
How India is choking indoors
Debasis Barik
July 2022

OPINION  |  The Hindu
With India’s demographic transition, come challengess
Sonalde Desai and Debasis Barik
December 2021

OPINION  |  The Hindu
Smoking Kills – in India too
D Barik & S Desai
May 2015

OPINION  |  The Hindu
Poorly performing public service 
D Barik, S Desai & T Aggarwal
April 2014

OPINION  |  Macro Track
Old & Lonely Health Care
D Barik
August 2013

OPINION  |  Macro Track
Shift in Morbidity Patterns among Indians 
D Barik
July 2013

  • “Life Table of Tobacco users in India: An attempt using IHDS panel data” at the Population Association of America Annual Conference held during 12-15 April, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • “Impact of health shock on household well-being: Change in household consumption expenditure during the COVID 19 pandemic” at the Population Association of America Annual Conference held during 6-9 April, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • “Risk of Developing NCDs in Later Life among the Overweight and Obese Women in India: Insights from a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Study” Population Association of America Annual Conference held during 5-8 May, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri
  • “Overweight and obesity and associated health risk among ever married women in India: How does household economic status play out?” in National Conclave on Public Health Nutrition: Enriching the cycle of Research, Public Policy and Practice at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela during 30-31 January, 2020
  • “A Glass Half Full: Changes in Indian Standards of Living since 2012” in 21st Annual Neemrana Conference at the Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan, India during 13-15 December, 2019
  • “Community Level Determinants of High Neonatal Mortality in India” Population Association of America Annual Conference held during 10-13 April, 2019 in Austin, Texas
  • “Effect of Health Shock on Individual Earnings from Wage and Salary among Indian Men”, Population Association of America Annual Conference held during 25-28 April, 2018 in Denver, Colorado
  • “Effect of heath Shock on Individual Earnings from Wage and Salary among Indian Men”, the 4th Asian Population Association Conference at Shanghai, P.R. China during 11-14 July, 2018
  • Presented the challenges and opportunities of collecting Migration data from IHDS panel households in the International Union for Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) organised special session on “Innovations in Longitudinal and Cross-national Surveys” at the 4th APA Conference at Shanghai on 13 July, 2018
  • “Measurement Errors in Fertility History and Their Implication for Fertility and Mortality Estimates” Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, held during 27-29 April, 2017, Chicago
  • “Economic Status and Adult Mortality in India: Is the Relationship Sensitive to Choice of Indicators?” The XXVIII IUSSP International Population Conference, Cape Town, South Africa. 2017
  • “Adult Mortality in India: The Health-Wealth Nexus” Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, March 31 – April 2, 2016, Washington, DC
  • “Adult Mortality in India: The Health-Wealth Nexus”. ISI Delhi Annual Conference 17-19 December, 2015
  • Participated in a meeting organized by IKP Trust on “New Resources for Financing Universal Healthcare: exploring social health insurance” at Hotel Claridges, New Delhi on 15 November, 2014
  • “Economic Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in India”. Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, Boston, U.S.A. 2014
  • “Why Do Indian People Avoid Government Doctors?” Annual Meeting of Population Association of America, Boston, U.S.A. 2014
  • “Living Arrangements in Health Care seeking among Elderly in India: Some New Insights”. International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Busan, South Korea. 2013
  • “Longevity and Shift in Morbidity Pattern among States in India”. International Institute for Population Sciences and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, at Kolkata, India. 2012
  • “Sex differentials in treatment seeking for long term diseases among elderly Indian”. Indian Association of Social Science and Health, Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. 2011
  • “From Infectious to chronic Diseases” – Projected incidence and prevalence of chronic disease among elderly Indians. The 1st International Asian Population Association Conference, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, India. 2010
  • “Role of Education in Explaining Women Work Participation in Two Economically contrasting Indian States”. The XXVI IUSSP Population Conference, Marrakech, Morocco. 2009


  • PhD Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, 2014
  • MPS Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, 2008
  • MSc Economics, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur, 2006
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, Jhargram Raj College, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur, 2004

Work Experience

  • September 2023 – Present: Senior Fellow, NCAER
  • April 2018 – August 2023: Fellow, NCAER
  • May 2013 – March 2018: Associate Fellow, NCAER
  • June 2008 – November 2008: Research Officer, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai
  • February 2007 – July 2007: Project Assistant, Vidyasagar University, Midnapur
  • November 2006 – January 2007: Research Investigator, Jadavpur University, Calcutta