Ph.D., National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
M.Sc., B.Sc., University of Burdwan, India (Gold Medalist)
India and World Economy
Training & Consulting Areas:
Micro and Macro Business Environment
Globalization and Reforms in the Indian Economy
Growth and Public Policy for Economic Development
Social Security (with particular reference to India and South/South-East Asia)
Issues in Growth and Development
Comparative Public Policy
Public Policy; Labour Economics; Development Economics
Current Research Interests:
Issues in International, Internal, Return Migration
Developmental aspects of Remittances
Socio-economic Impact of Demographic Changes
Economics of Social Security
Comparative Public Policies
India's Business Environment
Publications/ Articles/ Cases
"Managing Prolonged Low Fertility: The Case of Singapore", Journal of Asian Public Policy, 2, 1, pp. 4-16 (2009) (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Singapore's Policy Responses to Ageing, Inequality, and Poverty: An Assessment", International Social Security Review, 61, 1, pp. 41-60 (2008) (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Towards Public Policy Education: Imparting Economic and Financial Literacy", eSocialSciences (2008)
"Demographic Complementarities and Outsourcing: Implications for India", IIMB Management Review, 19, 2, pp. 93-102 (2007)
"Health Financing in Singapore: A Case for Systemic Reforms", International Social Security Review, 59, 1, pp. 75-92 (2006) (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Reforming Provident and Pension Fund Regulation in India", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, 14, 3, pp. 273 - 284 (2006) (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Mandatory Savings for Asset Enhancement: The Case of Singapore", Social Development Issues, 23, 2, pp. 57-70 (2006) (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Property Tax in a City-State: The Case of Singapore", Policy and Society, 22, 2, pp. 50-75 (2003)(with Mukul G. Ashe)
Chapter in Books:
"Singapore's Pension System: Key Features, Challenges and Reform Issues" in Dongyun Park (ed.), Pension Systems and Old Age Income Support in East and Southeast Asia: Overview and Reform Directions, Manila: Asian Development Bank, 2011
"Social Security Policy in an Era of Globalization" in Helen E. S, Nesadurai and Soedradjad Djiwandono (eds.), Southeast Asian in the Global Economy: Securing Competitiveness and Social Protection in an Era of Globalization, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies, 2009, pp. 199-223 (with Mukul G. Asher)
"Governance and Regulation of Provident and Pension Funds in Asia" in M. Ramesh and Michael Howlett (eds.), De-regulation and its Discontents: Rewriting the Rules in the Asia Pacific, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006, pp. 151-167 (with Mukul G. Asher)
Op-Eds/Columns in Financial Dailies and Newspapers (2009-Present):
"Fiscal deficit can spin out of control", The Hindu Business Line, March 31, 2012
"Sovereign Wealth Funds and Forex Reserves: Exploring the reality", The Economic Times, November 19, 2011
Inject More Funds into the Health Sector", The Hindu Business Line, October 13, 2011
"Logistics key to growth of retail, The Economic Times, October 16, 2010 (with Anshu Dawer).
Bridging the gap in infra financing, Business Standard, June 6, 2010.
Sustaining remittance inflows, The Economic Times, May 21, 2010.
Move towards EET is good, but handle retirement savings with care, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) Money, Mumbai, August 19, 2009.
EU's Blue Card Directive: Can India make the most of the opportunity?, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) Money, Mumbai, August 5, 2009.
Rejig Gujarat liquor policy for good economics to meet good politics, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) Money, Mumbai, July 21, 2009.
Its Important We Dont Squander Our Demographic Advantage, Daily News and Analysis (DNA)Money, Mumbai, June 29, 2009.
Presidents address was sweeping, but can the government deliver?, Daily News and Analysis (DNA) Money, Mumbai, June 10, 2009.
Dewang Mehta Business School Award for 'Best Teacher in Economics', 2012
Graduate Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jahar Ray Gold Medal, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India
Akhilesh Smriti Purashkar (Gold Medal), University of Burdwan, West Bengal, India
University Grants Commission (UGC) Scholarship, Government of India