R. Hema is Associate Professor at the Madras School of Economics.
Her Doctoral dissertation was on optimal pricing in the electricity sector. Subsequently she
has been working on various topics relating to the electricity sector - financial performance,
regulatory mechanisms, institutional restructuring. She visited the University of California
at Berkeley during 1991-92 as a Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow. Was associated with a
programme on International Comparison of Electricity Regulation at the Energy Institute there.
She has been on the faculty of Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi, Madras Institute of
Development Studies, Chennai and adjunct faculty at DePaul University, Chicago. She has been
associated with many studies on the power sector that were sponsored by the Asian Development
Bank, Power Finance Corporation, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Planning Commission etc. and
also with a study on Social Exclusion, sponsored by the International Labour Organisation. She
has made contributions to the Vision 2020 Document for the Union Territory of Pondicherry and
the Tamil Nadu State Development Report.
is H.G.B. Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Statistics at the
Graduate Business School of the University of Chicago. He also spends considerable
time as Professor at the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics of the
University of California at Berkeley. Zellner has made very significant contributions
in the area of Econometrics and Statistics, and is an authority in Bayesian
techniques. He was elected President of the American Statistical Association in 1991
and he is the Founder and first elected President of the International Society for
Bayesian Analysis. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Econometrics.
He was the founding editor of the ASA Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. He
has served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Economic Literature. He has published
over 20 books and he has to his credit about 250 papers published in a wide range of
leading journals and edited volumes.
|Raja J. Chelliah
is the Founder-Chairman, of the Madras School of Economics. He is a fiscal
economics expert and his authority and contributions in this area are such that his
name is immediately associated with taxation in India. He was Chairman of the Tax
Reforms Committee set up by the Government of India in 1991 and was Chairman of the
Tax Reforms and Revenue Augmentation Commission set up by Government of Tamil Nadu in
2002. He was fiscal adviser at the Ministry of Finance, GoI, in 1993, was a member of
the Union Planning Commission and a member of the Ninth Finance Commission. He has
been chief of the Fiscal Affairs Division at the Fiscal Affairs Department of the
International Monetary Fund and was a consultant to the Government of Papua New Guinea
on Centre-Provincial Financial Relations. He was the Founder-Director of the National
Institute of Public Finance Policy, New Delhi and subsequently became its Chairman.
His book on fiscal economics was a popular textbook in Indian colleges and recently he
has prepared a primer on VAT.
|Paul P. Appasamy
is Professor at Madras School of Economics and Member-Secretary of the Centre of
Excellence in Environmental Economics under the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
His areas of specialisation and research interests are in technological and
environmental planning, natural resource economics and urban economics. He was
Director at Madras School of Economics and has been Director at the Madras Institute
of Development Studies. He has done consulting work for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in Washington D.C., Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural
Heritage, Chennai, UN Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi, Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency, and the United Nations Development Programme. He is an
expert on water, environment and urban studies and has completed several projects in
these areas, funded by national and international agencies. He has 27 publications in
Indian and foreign journals.
is a statistician/economist. He is currently a health economist at the Boston
Medical Center. He has been Professor of Economics at Columbia University, New York
and the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. His current research interests are in
medical decision-making, taking appropriate costs into account and reducing medical
errors. At present, he is working on cost-effective management of Diabetes, using
sequential statistical methods and complex adaptive systems approach. He has been a
consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank. He has published many papers in
leading journals and prepared about nine technical reports.
|Nagesh S. Revankar
is Professor of Economics and Director of Graduate Studies at the State University of
New York at Buffalo, where he joined the Department of Economics as Assistant
Professor in 1967. His early work is in the area of production theory and consumer
analysis, and his subsequent research interests have been in the area of econometrics.
He has several contributions to his credit which have appeared in various leading
journals. He holds a Master's degree in Statistics from the University of Pune, India.
is currently Director of Decision Science for Digital Matrix Systems. This group is
primarily devoted to developing credit scores for lending institutions throughout the
US. He did his Ph.D. work under the supervision of Prof. Revankar in the State
University of New York at Buffalo. Shortly after his graduation in 1993 he worked as
Adjunct Faculty there and taught several economics and statistics courses. In 1996, he
moved to Dallas, Texas, to work for FirstPlus Financial, which is a second mortgage
lending company, in the risk management area. He was primarily doing loss and
prepayment forecasting and developing default and pricing scores. Subsequently, he
worked for Digital Matrix Systems, Ocwen Financial Corporation, The Associates and
Citigroup in the statistical modeling and credit scorecard development areas.
headed the Delhi School of Economics for many years and is currently an Honorary
Research Advisor at the Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
Also a long-term professional associate of U. Sankar, he has been instrumental in
developing the curriculum for "Econometrics" in India. He is noted for his
significant contribution in the application for Econometrics to industry, trade and
macroeconomics. He has served on the Editorial Board of journals like Indian Economic
Review and was the Founder Managing Editor of Journal of Quantitative Economics. He
has also served on many national and international committees. He was the President of
the Indian Econometric Society in early 1990s.
is Emeritus Professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai. He is a
leading authority in India on irrigation issues. He has made notable contributions in
the area of water pricing, water resource management, irrigation pricing etc. He has
been serving as the President of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics. He has
visited the Institute of Development Economics, Tokyo, as a Research Fellow. He was a
National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research during 1996-97. He
has served as a Member of the National Planning Commission, the Prime Minister's
Economic Advisory Commission and also on many committees of national and international
|Gopal K. Kadekodi
is currently Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Change. He has been
Research Professor at the Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad
and a Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi. He was Visiting
Professor at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. His areas of research include Common
Property Resources Valuation, Energy, Natural Resource Accounting and Economic
Development. He has been the President of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics.
He is Editor, Journal of Social and Economic Development, and on the Editorial Boards
of Environment and Resource Economics, The Pacific and Asian Journal of Energy and
Journal of Quantitative Economics. He has published over 10 books and more than 100
articles in national and international journals.
|S. Subramanian is Professor at the Madras Institute
of Development Studies, Chennai. His principal areas of research concern are
collective choice theory, aspects of social and economic measurement, and development
economics. He is the editor or co-editor of four books, and his work has been
published in journals like Social Choice and Welfare, Theory and Decision, Journal
of Development Economics, and Economics and Philosophy.
is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Riverside, U.S.A. He taught
in various universities in the U.S., U.K., Canada and India. His main area of
expertise is economic theory, particularly the analysis of individual and social
choice, and mathematical economics. He has a long list of publications in the leading
professional journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory,
Economic Journal, Economic Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Social Choice
and Welfare, Mathematical Social Sciences and Journal of Mathematical Psychology.
is currently a Professor at the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International
Development and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo. He also
holds an adjunct professorship at the Australian National University, Sophia
University, and the Madras School of Economics. His areas of specialisation are
Econometrics, Development Economics and Macroeconomics. He has made original
contributions in the field of Econometric Analysis of the Frontier Production Function
and its application in many areas. He has developed disequilibrium models using
frontier production functions and applied to macro-econometric modeling. He has to his
credit several books and papers in international refereed journals.
is a Visiting Professor of Great Lakes Institute of Management at Chennai and also
teaches Economics and Finance for Herriot Watt University's MBA programme offered at
International Institute of Business Management, Chennai. She is an alumni of Jadavpur
University. She was Prof. Sankar's student for her Ph.D. programme at the University
of Madras. She has taught financial economics at some of the leading colleges in
Chennai and has published research articles in India and abroad on capital markets and
international finance. She is currently working on issues of empowerment in
is currently working for a multinational company in Bangalore. She worked for her Ph.D.
under the guidance of Prof. Sankar and is a product of the Madras School of Economics.
She has collaborated with Prof. Sankar on projects funded by World Resources Institute,
UNDP and the World Bank. She worked as Business Analyst at GE Capital International
Services at New Delhi.