Economic Research Foundation is a registered, not-for-profit trust, engaged in research, training and the dissemination of information and analysis in the area of development economics. It seeks to evolve alternative policies aimed at alleviating deprivation and to build capacity for formulating and implementing such policies. A focus of its activities is the use of information technology to further these ends. Apart from Macroscan, the Foundation maintains the website www.networkideas.org on behalf of the International Development Economics Associates. Research undertaken by ERF is coordinated by Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar and Prof. Jayati Ghosh, and is supported by a team consisting of:
 
Anilkumar Mani is a web manager who has worked extensively in the area of web design and site maintenance. He has experience working in many areas of India, including Bangalore and Gujarat. He has a 'Higher Diploma in Software Engineering' from Aptech, India, and has also completed a web designing course from the Icon Academy, Gujarat, India. He holds supervisory responsibility for all web based work undertaken by ERF.
 
Surender Rana
is a web
assistant who is partially responsible for the web work undertaken by the team. In addition, he maintains a section of the database for ERF. He also takes the responsibility of coordinating the translation work that ERF requires. He has previously worked as part of the technical team in Tehelka.com.

Smitha Francis
holds a doctoral degree from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her thesis is an analysis of Thailandís experience with the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in industrial restructuring. She was a recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fellowship for her doctoral fieldwork in Thailand spread over 1998-2000. During this period, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI), Bangkok. Prior to this, she has worked at the Research and Information System for the Non-aligned and other Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. While she has presented papers at national and international conferences and has published papers, most of her work is also available at www.networkideas.org. Her areas of interest include development economics, international trade and finance and the East and Southeast Asian economies.


Amitayu Sengupta has a Ph.D degree in economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jahawaharlal Nehru University. His thesis was on public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Infrastructure, with special focus on the roads and highways sector in India. He is also a regular columnist for the magazine Management Compass. His field of study is development economics, with special interest in macroeconomic policies.
 
Deepanwita Dutta holds an MA degree in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has assisted in various research projects at the School of Womenís Studies in Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has also taught economics at secondary and higher secondary levels in various schools in Assam. Her research interests include development economics and banking and finance.

 

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