Ph.D., Economics, The Ohio State University, 2008
M.A., Economics, The Ohio State University, 2002
M. Phil, Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, 2001
M.A., Economics, Delhi School of Economics, 1996
B.S., Economics, St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, 1993
I was born and raised in a quite little village called Hooghly on the eastern part of India, about 60-70 kilometers away from Calcutta. The importance of Economics if guiding policy caught my eye at a young age and I chose to take on Economics as a field of specialization. I went to one of the most prestigious colleges of India called St. Xavier's College in Calcutta to finish a Bchelors of Science in Economics. I finished in the top 7 in an All India merit exam to become a student of the highly reputed Delhi School of Economics for a masters in Economics. To further my quest of knowledge in Economics I went to Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and joined Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) for an M.Phil and gain valuable research experience. I found the work of professor Bruce Weinberg at The Ohio State university (OSU) very intriguing and came to OSU to do a Ph.D. with him.
My work is about finding out how universities and colleges afftect local economic development. I find strong evidence to the importance of colleges and universities being engines of economic development through their scientific research. I also find out that policies that are aimed at improving the applicability of academic research might end up having a perverse effect of reducing the growth of knowledge in the future. I am also finding out a reason and policies that can improve the private tutoring situation that plagues much of the world. In private tutoring, school teachers offer tutoring to students for a fee. In a world of public education this raises the question of equality of educational achievement.
Honors and Awards:
Graduate Associate Teaching Award, Department of Economics, The Ohio State University, 2007
Graduate Teaching Associate Award, Graduate School, The Ohio State University, 2006
Departmental Citation for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Economics, 2004
The Undergraduate Economic Society (UES) Excellence in Teaching Award, UES, Department of Economics, 2003
Louis B. Vetter Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi, The Ohio State University, 2006
University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, September 2001- August 2002
University Fellowship, Delhi School of Economics, India, June 1996 - June 1998.
Economics of Science, Technology and Knowledge
Urban and Regional Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economics of Science
Incentives and Organizations