I am an economist. I received my Ph.D. in economics from Southern Methodist University, U.S.A., in 1977, having completed Bachelor’s and Masters in Economics in India. I was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (1978 to 1987), Indiana University – Bloomington (1987-1995) and the Indian Statistical Institute – Delhi Centre from 1995 to 2016. In May 2018, I completed a three-year visiting professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am a Courtesy Faculty at the University of South Florida.
My core areas of research are: (a) international trade (currently I am writing papers on trade in services), growth and development with particular emphasis on the service sector and (b) economics of terrorism and conflict. I have just finished writing two books. One is Economics of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Measures , for Springer Nature. Written at an upper-undergraduate level, it contains a lot of facts, figures, history, analytics and empirics on terrorism. This would be of interest to scholars in economics, political science, possibly criminology, professionals on national security matters as well as general public. The other is Managerial Economics (2nd edition) for Sage India and coauthored with Jugal K. Goyal.
I am also interested in macro issues especially business cycles .
I was the founding editor of a field journal, Indian Growth and Development Review, from 2007 to 2014. During 2011-2015, I served as the Head, Indian Statistical Institute – Delhi Centre.
I live in Tampa, Florida, with my wife Rajashree.