Academic Departments University of Calcutta


Year of Establishment : 1918

History of the department : The post-graduate department of Economics was formally established in 1917. Before that Economics was taught as part of History in the undergraduate level. The 1st chair in India was founded in the Economics department of the University of Calcutta in 1909. The department was called the department of Political Economy after establishment, as it also contained the seeds of the departments of Philosophy and Political Science.  In 1948, the department of Economics emerged as an independent department. It was shifted to its present campus on Barrackpore Trunk Road (B.T. Road) on September 9, 1958. The 1st batch of post-graduates in Economics under the University of Calcutta passed out from this exclusive campus in 1959. This campus, formally known as the B.T.Road campus is popularly known as Kantakol campus among the generations of its students, which got its name from the bus stop. The Ford Foundation financed the construction of the three-storied building with a four-story foundation. The carpet area is about 30,000 square feet.

The building hosts a number of class rooms, a rich library, a modernised auditorium, a recently renovated canteen, a girls’ common room, a spacious office, a state-of-the art computer laboratory, individual faculty rooms, seminar rooms, a DRS/DSA enclosure, a proposed Research Scholars’ room etc. The campus also contains staff quarters and residential PG Hall for boys.

The department has two Centres for Advanced Research. The older one is the Centre for Urban Studies, shifted to the Alipore Campus of the University in early 1990s and the younger one is the DRS (now DSA) (UGC supported Special Assistance Programme) on the Economics of Globalisation and Sustainable Development, started in 2007-08 and situated in the B.T.Road campus itself.

The department has always been an active one in the fields of academics, research and placement. It has kept pace with the ever-changing needs of the academic situation of the country and has updated its syllabus and the examination system from time to time. It can boast of being one of the 1st departments in the University of having semester system in the early 1970s. Though it is under the faculty of Arts, it gives Master of Science degree in general. The vigorous researches that it has encouraged in M.Phil and Ph.D levels with an academically rich faculty and the regular seminars and talks of national and international levels as well as Annual Research Scholars’ Workshops it hosts, have attracted praise from all and sundry. A notable feature is the regular publication of the departmental journal Arthaniti, which may have collaboration with an international publication house in near future. A very active placement cell has arranged for campus interviews for the last few years through which a lot of students have got absorbed in jobs, which again is setting a kind of record.

The department is proud of being the alma mater of many a successful alumnus. The Economics department of the Calcutta University has produced many highly acclaimed, a few internationally, academicians including a few Vice-Chancellors, Government advisors, IAS and IPS officers, executives of corporate and nationalised banks and other organisations. Many of the alumni are teaching and pursuing high level research careers in foreign Universities.

Last, but not the least, the department of Economics is famous for a peaceful and disciplined atmosphere in the campus, a well maintained academic calendar and a healthy golden relation among teachers, students and the non-teaching staff.


Special award/ recognition from UGC or related statutory body :

UGC sponsored Special Assistance Programme ( SAP) :


After successfully completing the DRS -Phase I (2007-2012) the Department of Economics, CU was granted DSA – Phase I in 2014.

Thrust area under DRS: Economics of Globalization and Sustainable Development
Thrust area under DSA: Economics of Globalization and Regional Development

DSA Thrust Area
Globalization and Regional Development
In the last two decades, India’s economic integration with the global economy has widened and deepened. The process of integration has been a gradualist rather than a big bang which is indicative of a cautious approach on the part of policy makers. Events such as the current global economic crisis has made the India state careful in reform though it has, from time to time, taken recourse to bouts of policies that emphasize and confirm India’s integration into the global economy. In that regard, the all-encompassing reforms in the industrial, financial, trade and retail sectors, gradual privatization and disinvestment of state enterprises, partial reforms in agriculture, education, health sectors, the adoption of public-private partnership, the conservative approach to fiscal and monetary policy, the impending reforms in banking, insurance and possibly labor laws, have and are converging in ushering in a global competitive market economy. In short, the influence and impact of globalization on the transition of Indian economy is undeniable.

Globalization(as a process, as a set of institution and as an economic order) is said to have delivered a windfall, by way of scaling up India’s growth rate to a historically new high. After the usual structural adjustment and transition cost in the initial period of reforms (1990s), the first decade of this millennium saw unprecedentedly high economic growth rate and, despite controversies over measures, a fall in absolute income poverty. This increase in prosperity is seen as direct fallout of the effect of globalization process on Indian economy. Questions however remain about the pace of poverty reduction and, accepting that challenge, the 12th five year plan (2012-17), has set an objective to reduce absolute poverty by another 10%. Moreover, it must also be pointed out though that the ongoing global economic crisis for the last five years has put the growth rate under stress and its decline since 2008 is a cause of concern; this is also said to have complicated the pace of poverty reduction. The effect of the global economic crisis on Indian economy has one and at the same time affirmed the claim of India’s integration into the global economy and has simultaneously raised doubts on the sustainability of its growth rate and prosperity. It is ironical that, after the initial period of trying to stabilize the Indian economy, the response of policy makers to this crisis points to an expansion and not a reduction of reforms towards global integration, as indicated by the recent bout of adopted and proposed reforms measures. In short, the response seems to be: the effect of global economic crisis must be counteracted with deeper globalization of Indian economy. Moreover, another facet of this new Indian economic structure embedded in a global economy stands out as a matter of concern. It entails the fact that, following India’s transition process, only 7% of the total workforce is in organized sector and the rest in unorganized sector. A classical implicit assumption is that the process of industrialization should ideally first see the arrival of large scale manufacturing sector employing low skilled workers on a mass scale (thereby forming the bulk of the ‘working class’) and then moving towards more skilled capital intensive production system; this has been the route taken by East Asian countries such as South Korea and now China, a trend India seem to be bucking. Evidences show that the high growth rate regime in India has been capital-intensive and high skilled rather than labor intensive and labor absorbing. In comparison to 19991-92, both in sectoral share of GDP and share of employment, the service sector grew very rapidly but overwhelmingly absorbing employment in informal sector; the share of manufacturing in turn has been stagnating which belies the faith in the stages of industrialization. This has raised questions regarding the type of economic structure that has evolved followed India’s integration into the global economy and has set the stage for a debate about its future movement. There is no doubt that the route of India’s transition process will remain a major axis of debate in the immediate future.

Overall, the evolution of globalization in India’s context itself raises various issues and concerns that need to be debated. These include an interrogation of the process and institutions of globalization as such, of past and present reforms to gauge their effectiveness, the pattern, type and possible impact of impending reforms especially in financial, infrastructure, retail and agricultural sectors, the fallout from the global economic crisis and its effect on macro-management, the complication these bring to the classical growth-poverty relation, the problem arising from the type of structural transformation that we referred to. These are only some of the many aspects that need to be seriously inquired upon. One of the objectives of our program will be to put the idea, process and outcomes of globalization under the scanner and set up a detailed engagement with reference to the mentioned issues and problems that the Indian economy is presently confronting.

On the other, it is also readily acknowledged now that while economic growth is helping to reduce poverty, the problems of income inequality and social equities have persisted and indeed in some instances sharpened across social groups and regions. Data on Gini coefficient, literacy rate, underweight children and under 5 mortality, malnutrition (BMI<18.5), etc., point to a growing divide between the rich and poor, between rural and urban India, between various social groups with the Dalits, Adivasis, Minorities, woman and children on the receiving end. This has raised concern that the trickle down from high economic growth may not be working satisfactorily, and that income, resources and opportunities opened up by India’s integration into a global economy may be accruing to a section of population and region. In short, if we broaden the idea of development beyond (but not excluding) economic growth by including other economic and social indicators concerning distribution, health, etc., then we can say that the prosperity of Indian economy has been accompanied by sharp contrasts in terms of distribution of that prosperity. In so far as we accept the dominant view that the transformative force of globalization has been partly responsible for this prosperity then we must also accept that globalization has been accompanied by, and in some instances perhaps a cause of, this economic and societal contrast. Not surprisingly, the need to view development as inclusive has become the mantra in recent times as the 12th five year plan makes clear. 

One way to visualize this contrast is through regional differences in development. There are many ways to distill the category of regional development. For one, from growth rate to above mentioned non-growth indicators, we can observe disparities across regional states. Indeed, India represents a remarkable contrast of this kind of regional disparity that presents a vexed problem for development. To take an extreme case, while Gujarat has been in the forefront of growth rate, it has lagged between the other states in other indicators, say, that of health. Why are some states doing well in certain aspects while relatively failing in others? To take another instance, regional disparity may be seen in terms of a palpable rural-urban divide concerning almost all the indicators pointing to not only a structural problem but a problem of transition. Thus, disparity could and does exist between regions within a state as well. In other words, various kinds of regional disparities and lacunas persist within and across states that present the problem of uneven and differentiated nature of development raising questions about inclusion, balance and sustainability of the transition process of Indian economy. To put it another way, disparities in indicators of well-being and that of regional development seem to converge and they in turn point to a potent economic problem of distribution and utilization of wealth, resources and opportunities. In this backdrop, there is an urgent need to identify these regional disparities, analyze their sources, characters, effects and if possible forward solutions to mitigate them in order to make development inclusive, balanced and sustainable. This is again a point emphasized by the 12th five year plan document.

Lastly, there is no need to think of globalization and regional development as delinked. Rather, as globalization has reshaped the map of Indian economy through the creation and expansion of a competitive market economy, it has been also associated with the above mentioned problems of disparities. This raises a few questions: whether, and if so how, the process of globalization can be seen as producing the new problems of regional disparities of various kinds? Does it then require the intervention of the state, such as through programs of inclusion, to turn the strained link between globalization and regional development into a virtuous relationship? Or, are the problems of regional disparities itself inherent in the kind of economic structure that globalization has given rise to? It is our contention that the link between globalization and regional development has not been sufficiently dissected, even though the discussed disparities and contrasts make this task increasingly indispensable and urgent.

In this program, we propose under ‘Globalization and Regional Development’ to broadly focus on (i) globalization, (ii) regional development and (iii) the relation between globalization and regional development. All the three broad areas are important in themselves and in relation to one another. It is our conjecture that the interrogation of globalization and regional development on their own will enlighten us about their specific processes, effects, and limits which could then be brought into play and combined in thoroughly examining the relation between the two.

While by no means restricted to West Bengal economy, we intend to focus a great deal on the problems of disparities of West Bengal in relation to other states and of districts/regions within it. It is also our objective to unpack, wherever possible, the transformative effect of globalization in West Bengal and the possible relation with the mentioned problems of regional development. In other words, along with other aspects, there is a felt need to discuss the areas and issues under ‘globalization and regional development’ in relation to the West Bengal economy and see how it is faring and if so why. This focus has acquired additional validity because evidences tend to showcase West Bengal as a case of faltering regional economy in almost all indicators that we discussed earlier. An additional utility of this special focus is to build, through the medium of research, training, conferences/workshops, working papers and books, the capacities of analysts, experts and practitioners of development in this region so that they can contribute productively in the future of the development of West Bengal economy. Whether addressing the topic at a broad level or at the level of West Bengal, we believe that our program would make it possible, to unpack new insights, modes of analysis and forward unique policy prescriptions so as to productively contribute on the transition analysis and process of Indian economy in general and West Bengal economy in particular.

Rajiv Gandhi Chair in Eco-Systems & Sustainable Development
Sarmila Banerjee,  Professor of Economics,  University of Calcutta

  • post offered on 18.12.2009 for a period of two years effective from the date of joining.
  • date of joining : 1.2.2010.
  • an amount of Rs.20,00,000.00 made available by the UGC against this Chair for taking up Research & Development plans to utilize that money in accordance with the UGC Guideline.
  • an Advisory Committee (10-member) set up following the structure pursued for SAP Programs which included the Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta as the Chairman, the pro-VC (Academics), many other eminent personalities from the University and other institutions and Prof Dr. Sarmila Banerjee.
  • the first meeting of the Advisory Committee took place on 19.07.2010.

Budget for 2010-2012(Approved by the Advisory Committee on 19.07.2010)
Non-recurring Expenses  6,00,000.00
Recurring Expenses 14,00,000.00

Academic Report
10 selected candidates were recommended after personal interview (20.08.2010) as project fellows.

Three Project Fellows started working since September 1, 2010.

Projects undertaken: To begin with efforts have been made to identify problems related to both eco-sustainability and eco-vulnerability faced in and around Kolkata during the process of economic development. Two eco-systems of special interest are the East Calcutta Wetlandand Mangrove Eco-system of Sundarban. Before defining some specific research questions in these areas attempt is being made to prepare two status papersto have the background information readily available for carrying out future research.
Two advisory teams are guiding/helping Prof. Sarmila Banerjee in preparation of socio-economic status reports of these two eco-systems.
For East Calcutta Wetland the team has Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh (Ecological Engineering), Prof. Arun Bandyopadhyay (History), Prof. Sukla Bhaduri (Gepgraphy) as Advisors;
For Sundarban Mangrove Ecosystem the team has Prof. Ishita Mukhopadhyay (Women’s Studies) and Dr. Aniduddha Mukhopadhyay (Environmental Science) as Advisors;

Progress made so far: Papers published, M.Phil dissertations done and Ph.D degree awarded on both East Calcutta Wetland and Mangrove Eco-system of Sundarban. Group Projects have also been Undertaken by the MSc Students on topics related to Resource & Environmental Economics

M.Phil. Level Course Designed: A course on Eco-system Management (one-semester course) has been designed for the M.Phil. students and it has been taught by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh.
There was a detailed report from the field experience made by PRADAN, a highly motivated and effective NGO who are working extensively in West Bengal and Jharkhand on watershed development and forest related livelihood.

Workshops :

Sl. No. Title Duration Resource Persons
1. Eco-systems and Sustainable Development 25.03.2011 S. Faizi (Bio-diversity Commission),
Dhrubajyoti Ghosh (IUCN),
Dinabandhu Karmakar (PRADHAN),
sujit Chowdhuri
2. Experimental Economics 14.06.2011 Utteeyo Dasgupta, Sujoy Chakrabarti, Shubha Mani, Priyodarshi Banerjee,
Sanmitra Ghosh, Gautam Gupta, Santanu Mitra
3. Presentation & Evaluation of Projects
Prepared under the aegis of RGC
04.07.2011 Dhrubajyoti Ghosh, Sukla Bhaduri, Sujit Chowdhuri, Rabindranath Bhattacheryya,
Kausik Gupta, Prasenjit Sarkhel, Biswajit Roy & Sarmila Banerjee
4. Multivariate Statistical Analysis
with Software Applications
01.12.2011 - 03.12.2011 Mousumi Dutta, Diganta Mukherjee
5. Livelihood, Employment & Vulnerability 05.01.2012 Rajesh Bhattacharyya, Lopamudra Banerjee, Snehasish Bhattacharyya,
Subhasis Dey, Saumya Chakrabarti, Prasenjit Sarkhel

UGC has extended this scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professorship in Eco-systems and sustainable Development to the University of Calcutta over the Twelfth Plan period (2012-17) and Prof. Sarmila Banerjee is continuing as Rajiv Gandhi Chair . The appointment of the current Project Fellows (Ms. Jayita Bit, Ms. Bindia Gupta and Ms. Debanjana Dey) was extended for the present tenure of the Chair;

  • The amount left in “Travel” head was utilized to organize a 3-day Eco-tourism camp for the Research Scholars and M.Sc. students with specialization in Resource and Environmental Economics in Bakkhali in February 2012;
  • Out of “Working Expenses” head a part is spent for carrying out the primary field survey in connection with the East Calcutta Wetland Project;
  • Out of the additional income accrued from interest earning an amount of approximately Rs.65, 000.00 (rupees Sixty Five Thousand) is spent on the project related to the Sunderban Mangrove Eco-system;
  • Invited Lectures under DRS
    Kausik Chaudhuri, Madras School of Economics (21-28 December, 2010)
  • Analysis of Dynamic Panel Data
    Anindita Chakrabarti, Madras School of Economics (21-28 December, 2010)
  • Locating Economics of Health within the Household: an Analytical Frame
    S. Faizi, Ecologist & Bio-diversity Expert, Kerala (21-25 March 2011)
  • Global Environmental Issues
  • Biodiversity Management in India: Issues & Way Forward
  • Environmental Compensation at Plachimada: A Case Study
  • Adivasis & Forest Management;
  • Shilanjan Bhattacharyyya, West Bengal State University, Barasat (06.02.2012)
  • Sunderban Mangroves: an Ecological Account
    Subhamita Chaudhuri, West Bengal state University, Barasat (17.02.2012)
  • Sunderban Ecosystem: an Introduction to GIS Mapping

Projects funded by DRS:

Sl. No. Project Title Project Coordinator
1. Profit Motives in Health Care (2008-9) Arijita Dutta, CU
2 Factors Influencing Local People’s
Conservation Attitudes in Forest
Management in India (2010-2012)
Biswajit Roy, CU
3 Relationship between Finance and
Economic Growth in the Context of
Bank-based vis-à-vis Market-based System
Kumarjit Mandal, CU
5 Sustainability of the Education System in a Globalizing India Rabindranath Mukhopadhyay, CU & Dr. Saumen Chattopadhyay of JNU, New Delhi
5. Stakeholders’ Attitude in Maintenance of Municipal Solid Waste Sarmila Banerjee, CU
6. Subsidy on a Few Modes of Urban
Passenger Transport
Sudakshina Gupta, CU

Other Projects completed :

  • Damage Assessment of Old Tannery Complex in Kolkata (sponsored by the Department of Environment, Government of West Bengal);
    Outcome: A paper titled “Calcutta Leather Complex and Tanning of Leather in
    Kolkata: A Blueprint” jointly with Subhra Majumdar has been accepted for
    Published in Artha Beekshan
  • Education, Human Capital and Urban Employment in West Bengal: Emerging Trends and Future Prospects (sponsored by UGC under UPE Scheme);
  • Outcome : The information procured and database created in this project has been utilized in a number of Ph.D. level research work carried out in the Department by different scholars;
  • Spatial Concentration of Pollution and Morbidity Impact in the City of Kolkata: Efficient Intervention Strategies (sponsored by UGC under UPE- scheme);
  • Outcome : The information procured and database created in this project has been utilized in a number of Ph.D. level research work carried out in the Department by  different scholars;
  • Hospital Efficiency in West Bengal (sponsored by the Department of Health & family Welfare, Government of West Bengal)
    Outcome : The report has been used to bring up new public policies in the area;
  • Book Project:
    Development and Sustainability: India in a Global Perspective , Sarmila Banerjee and Anjan Chakrabarty (ed), Springer India, 2013


Faculty Members :
Name Designation Area of specialisation Email/Phone number
Sudakshina Gupta
Professor Microeconomic Theory, Urban Economics with transportation, Indian Economy and Globalization,
Ishita Mukhopadhyay
Professor  Political Economy of Development, Gender and Development 9830045339
Anjan Kumar Chakrabarti
Professor Marxian Economics, Development Economics, Indian Economics
Mahalaya Chatterjee
Professor Urban Economics, Managerial Economics, Econometric
Arijita Dutta
Professor Development Economics, Economics of Social Sector
Panchanan Das
Professor & HoD Advanced Econometrics – Time Series and Panel Data Analysis, Development Economics, Indian Economy Macroeconomics
Kausik Gupta
Professor International Economics, Environmentaland Resource Economics
91-33-2528 4066
Extn., 222
Sukanta Bhattacharya
Associate Professor Development Economics, Public Economics, Information Economics 9433089707
Kumarjit Mandal
Associate Professor Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Econometrics
Anindita Sen
Associate Professor Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization,
Biswajit Ray
Assistant Professor Environment and resource economics, Experimental economics, Social economics, Development Studies 9831410778
Anirban Mukherjee
Assistant Professor Development Economics, Economic History, 
Economics of Institutions
Visiting faculty members :
Sl.No. Name Institution Contact No.
1. Prof. Soumyendranath Sikdar IIM, Kolkata 9903970667
2. Dr. Saikat Sinha Roy Jadavpur University 9830432344
3. Prof. Manipushpak Mitra ISI, Kolkata 9830733327
4. Prof. Ranajoy Bhattacharya IIFT, Kolkata 9830085704
5. Dr. Mousumi Ghosh BB College, Asansol 9434214633
6. Dr. Ujjaini Mukhopadhyay Behala College, Kolkata 9836838035
7. Prof. Arpita Dhar Jadavpur University 9830950176
8. Dr. Ranjanendra Narayan Nag St. Xaviers College 9831084804
9. Dr. Swati Ghosh Rabindra Bharati University 9163857166
10. Dr. Satarupa Bandyopadhyay Bethune College 9830298903
11. Dr. Prasenjit Sarkhel Kalyani University 9836239361
12. Dr. Sarthak Roychowdhury Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College 9433830900
13. Dr. Gagari Chakraborty Presidency University 9830243185
14. Dr. Debkumar Chakraborty Ramkrishna Mission Vidyamandir, Belur 9903700709
15. Dr. Sabitri Dutta Dum Dum Motijheel Rabindra Mahavidyalaya 9830569574
16. Dr. Subrata Majumder Sundarban Mahavidyalaya 9903526499
17. Prof. Byasdeb Dasgupta Kalyani University 9433031486
18. Dr. Tushar Kanti Nandi CSSS, Kolkata 8697338647
19. Dr. Bratisankar Chakraborty ISI, Kolkata 24813142 (R)
25752600 (o)
20. Dr. Saibal Kar CSSS, Kolkata 9830571169
21. Prof. Indraneel Dasgupta ISI, Kolkata 9433901325
22. Prof. Tarun Kabiraj ISI, Kolkata 9830117855
23. Dr. Priyadarshi Banerjee ISI, Kolkata 9874481551
24. Prof. Sudipta Bhattacharya Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan 8900230429
25. Dr. Saumya Chakrabarti Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan 7602865059
26. Dr. Rajesh Bhattacharya IIM, Kolkata 8334900661
27. Dr. Chitrita Bhowmick Victoria Institution 9830820586
28. Dr. Sudip Mukherjee Dinabandhu Mahavidyalaya 9433525049

Courses :

Programme Level of study Eligibility Intake capacity
Masters’ Degree (MA/M.Sc) Post-graduate Graduate with honours in Economics from any recognized university 220 in the 1st year
M.Phil   Masters’ Degree in Economics from any recognized university or similar institution 15 in the 1st year
Ph.D Doctoral Masters’ Degree in Economics from any recognized university or similar institution 20-25


Research scholars :

Status of Registered PhD Students under New Regulation: 2010 – 2015

Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Subhra Majumdar Pollution Management and Common Effluent Treatment: Case of Indian Leather Industry Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
2 Suranjana Dasgupta Agricultural Diversification in West Bengal: Extent, Determinants and Implications Sankar Kr. Bahumik Awarded
3 Titas Bandyopadhyay Job searching, Efficiency Wage and Capital Mobility in the Informal Sector: Theory and Policy Sarbajit Chaudhuri Awarded
4 Sujata Bera Micro-credit and Women’s Empowerment: an Empirical Study on West Bengal Sankar Kr. Bhaumik Awarded
5 Subir Kumar Sen Economic Viability of an Alternative Road Connectivity- a Study of Road Transportation Network in Tripura, India Sudakshina Gupta Awarded
6 Tiyas Mallick Market Structure, Performance Appraisal and the Role of State: The Case Study of Crude Steel Anjan Chakrabarti Awarded
7 Mousumi Mitra Economic Reforms and Unorganized Manufacturing Sector in India: a Disaggregated View Sankar Kr. Bhaumik Awarded
8 Kausik Lahiri Globalization and Trade in Health Services with Special reference to India Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
9 Saswati Chaudhuri Livelihood Strategies of the Urban Poor: A Study with Reference to Kolkata Sankar Kr. Bhaumik Awarded
10 Susmita Chattopadhyay Telecommunication Industry in India: Structure, Conduct and performance Soumyen Sikdar Awarded
11 Avijit Mandal Indo-ASEAN free trade Agreement: Consequences on the Indian Economy Ranajoy Bhattacharya Awarded
12 Rakhi Banerjee Globalization, Economic Development and Social Vulnerability: A Theoretical Analysis Ranjan N. Nag Awarded
13 Neelanjan Sen Strategic Technology Licensing Between Competitors in Oligopoly Sukanta Bhattacharya Awarded
14 Anupam Sarkar Mechanization in Contemporary Indian Agriculture VK Ramachandran Awarded
15 Sarmishtha Sen Adaptability to Pro-Competitive Environment: the Case of Unorganized Indian Textile and Garment Enterprises Sarmila Banerjee & Rajesh Bhattacharya Awarded
16 Anjan Raychaudhuri Horizontal Inequality: the concept, measurement and determinants Achin Chakraborty Awarded
17 Simantini Halder Aspects of Child Under-nutrition in India Achin Chakraborty Awarded
18 Poulomi Lahiri An Analysis of Dividend Behavior of Indian Corporate Firms in the Post-reform Period Indrani Chakraborty Awarded
19 Shirsendu Mukhopadhyay Microcredit: Some Theoretical Innovations Sukanta Bhattacharya Submitted
20 Samrat Roy An Empirical Study on The Relationship Between Foreign Direct Investment And Economic Growth For Selected Asian Countries Kumarjit Mandal Submitted
21 Achiransu Acharya Groundwater Irrigation in West Bengal: Institutions, Markets and Sustainable Use Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya Submitted
22 Aparna Banerjee Changing profile of Ports and its Influence on the Port Towns of India: 1980-2010 Sudakshina Gupta Submitted
23 Sumona Chattopadhyay Self-employed Women and Their Empowerment in the Unorganized Sector in Kolkata Mahalaya Chatterjee Registered
24 Aparajita Mukherjee Role of Public Transport in Managing Congestion and Pollution Sudakshina Gupta Registered
25 Paromita Chakravorty Literacy and empowerment Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
26 Susmita Haldar Corporate Social Responsibility: a Class Focused Approach Anjan Chakrabarti Registered
27 Joyjit Dhar Evaluation of the performance of Indian Mutual fund in the post reform period Kumatjit Mandal Registered
28 Mauli Sanyal Health of the urban poor in the age of reforms – A study of the slum dwellers of greater Kolkata Mousumi Dutta Registered
29 Samprit Chakraborty Human smuggling and trafficking: A theoretical perspective Sarbajit Chaudhuri Registered
30 Subir Maitra An Investigation into the Quality of Technical Education in India Rabindra Nath Mukhopadhyay Registered
31 Debraj Das Impact of policy certainty on economic performance: A study among Indian States Deb Narayana Sarkar Registered
32 Indrani Basu Morphology of traditional rural industries in West Bengal: An economic implication Deb Narayana Sarkar Registered
33 Kumkum Mandal Patents in India, 2000-01 to 2008-09: A study with reference to selected subjects Uttam Bhattacharya Registered
34 Indrayana Bhattacharya Patterns of commodity trade flows with special focus in India Ranajoy Bhattacharya Registered
1 Satarupa Bandyopadhyay (In)efficiency of Government Hospitals in West Bengal Arijita Dutta Awarded
2 Montu Bose Pattern of Morbidity and Access to Health Care in West Bengal Sarmila Banerjee & Arijita Dutta Awarded
3 Jayita Bit Sustainable Forest Conservation in India: Economic Linkages and Livelihood Dependence Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
4 Sumit Mukhopadhyay Economics of Watershed and Sustaining Micro-Watershed Projects in West Bengal Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya Registered
5 Bijayaditya Chakraborty Behavioural Constraints and Life Insurance Choice Sukanta Bhattacharya &
Kumarjit Mandal
6 Bhaskar Chatterjee Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development Sarmila Banerjee Registered
7 Namrata Singha Roy Demand-Supply Explanations of Female Employment in Rural Labor Market in India: a Village Level Analysis Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
8 Trina Majumder Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Macroeconomy: a Cross-country Analysis Saikat Sinha Ray Registered
9 Balaka Chakraborty Gender Budgeting Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
10 Barnali Banerjee Women’s Health in India Over Different Age Cohorts: A Spatial Analysis Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
11 Papiya Datta Gains from Short-term Rural Employment Generation Programs: a Study with Reference to NREGA in Tripura Snigdha Chakrabarti & Nilabja Ghosh Registered
12 Mala Roy Post Reform Migration and Health Vulnerability Arijita Dutta Registered
13 Tamal Krishna Kayal Educational Attainment and Resources Below secondary Level: Public Schools of West Bengal Rabindra Nath Mukhopadhyay Registered
14 Suparna Basu Some Fiscal Policy Issues in India Kumarjit Mandal Registered
15 Ishita Majumder Employment, Earnings and Consumption in India: An Empirical Investigation in the Post-Reform Period Kumarjit Mandal Registered
1 A. Bheemeswar Reddy Aspects of Intergenerational Economic Mobility in India VK Ramachandran Submitted
2 Debanjana Dey Eco-system Dependent Livelihood and Urban Land-use Practices:
The Challenges for Kolkata and East Kolkata Wetlands
Sarmila Banerjee Submitted
3 Smritikana Ghosh Child Malnutrition in India: an Assessment of ICDS Programme Arijita Dutta Registered
4 Sukanya Basu Work Participation, Wage Gap and Gender: An Enquiry into the Role of Social Institutions Sarmila Banerjee & Anirban Mukherjee Registered
5 Sanghamitra Kanjilal Determinants of female Labor force Participation in India Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
6 Gitanjali Hazra Impact of Sanitation on Water borne diseases: The case of India Arijita Dutta Registered
7 Riddhi Chatterjee Globalization and Macroeconomic Vulnerability of Underdeveloped Countries Ranajoy Bhattacharya Registered
8 Palashpriya Halder Intergenerational Transfer of Education : A study with reference to India Ishita Mukhopadhyay Registered
9 Soumitra Gayen Urbanization and Urban Settlement Pattern in Eastern India: Search for an Economic Explanation Mahalaya Chatterjee Registered
1 Antara Dhar Nature of Work Participation among elderly in India: Important Determinants Mousumi Dutta & Zakir Husain Registered
2 Somdutta Banerjee Municipal Solid Waste Management Services, Efficient
Delivery Mechanism and Household Choice
Sarmila Banerjee & Prasenjit Sarkhel Registered
3 Suranjana Joarder Commodity Derivatives Market and the Agricultural Economy of India Mousumi Dutta & Diganta Mukherjee Registered
4 Swarita De A Study of the Knowledge-based Economy with special reference to the IT and ITes Sector in India Uttam Bhattacharya Registered
5 Manas Ranjan Bhowmik  Alternative Governance Structures:
The Case of Handloom Cooperatives in West Bengal
Achin Chakraborty Registered
6 Dyuti lahiri Transformation of female labour in the tertiary sector of India- A post-liberalization Analysis Mahalaya Chatterjee Registered
7 Madhurima Koley  Monetary and Fiscal Policy Interaction at Sub-National Level: an Indian Perspective Kumarjit Mandal Registered
8 Souri Moitra  Physical and Mental Health Status of Adolescents: an Explorative Study on West Bengal Arijita Dutta Registered
9 Sayantan Bandhu Majumder Capital Flows, Asset Markets and the Macroeconomy in Developing Countries Ranjan N. Nag Registered
10 Soumi Bhattacharya Regional Disparity in India: An Empirical Study on Convergence Hypothesis Kumarjit Mandal Registered
11 Tamina Banerjee  Employment, Wage and Discrimination in Labour Market in India: State Level Analysis of Household Survey Data Panchanan Das Registered
12 Promita Mukherjee Forest Co-Management and Rural Livelihoods in West Bengal Rabindra Nath Bhattacharyya Registered
13 Somasree Poddar  Essays On Gender Wage Inequality And Development Policies Sarbajit Chaudhuri Registered
14 Debalina Saha Power Sector Reforms in West Bengal, India: Implications for Welfare, Reliability and Accessibility Rabindra Nath Bhattacharya Registered
15 Dipankar Bhattacharjee Urban Services and Its Delivery: a Study of West Bengal Mahalaya Chatterjee Registered
1 Arpita Bhowmik The Females’ Employment in India During 1983-2012: A Disaggregated Analysis Sankar Kumar Bhaumik Registered
2 Sukumar Sarkar Conflicts, Conservation and Development: A Study of Common Pool Resources in West Bengal Biswajit Ray Registered
3 Shubhasree Sarkar  Barriers to Technology Adoption and Economic Institutions Anirban Mukherjee Registered
4 Moumita Basu Asset Markets, Exchange Rate and Stabilization Policies in Open Economics Ranjan N. Nag & Kumarjit Mandal Registered
5 Suraya Roy The issue of internal migration for education by the youth of India Sankar Kumar Bhaumik Registered
1 Sashi Bhushan Mishra An Economic Analysis of Education in West Bengal Arijita Dutta Registered
2 Debabrata Ray A Theoretical Analysis of The Mangrove Ecosystem & its Interlinkages Anindita Sen Registered

Ph.D Candidates selected in 2015 and doing Coursework

Name Academic Supervisor
Anindita Mitra Anindita Sen
Ashok Biswas Panchanan Das
Debarati Chatterjee Panchanan Das
Madhabendra Sinha Panchanan Das
Meghna Ghosh Arijita Dutta
Monoshij Majumdar Anjan Chakrabarti
Priyanka Sutar Biswajit Ray
Puja Mukherjee Mahalaya Chatterjee
Ratul Das Chaudhury Sukanta Bhattacharya
Sayonee Majumdar Anjan Chakrabarti
Shampita Das Sukanta Bhattacharya
Subhra Ghosh Rabindranath Mukhopadhyay
Swagota Saha Mahalaya Chatterjee
Sweta Mondal Sudakshina Gupta
Tanaya Majumder Anjan Chakrabarti
Tarun Das Sankar Kr. Bhaumik
Triparna Majumder Arijita Dutta
Trisha Dhar Sudakshina Gupta

Status of Registered M.Phil Students under New Regulation: 2010 – 2015

Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Anasuya Halder Income Elasticity of Medical Care Demand in India: Revisiting Engel's Law Mousumi Dutta, Presidency University Awarded
2 Riddhi Chatterjee Aggregate Import Demand in India: A Time Series Analysis Ranajoy Bhattacharya, IIFT Awarded
3 Debanjana Dey Eco-System & Livelihood Support: A Study on East Kolkata Wetlands Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
4 Tista Kundu Efficiency Issues in Insurance Market Sukanta Bhattacharyya Awarded
5 Debaleena Dutta MNREGA in the Context of Indian Agrarian Life Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
6 Anwesha Bandyopadhyay Sectoral Exports Dynamics of India: A Co-integration Analysis Ranajoy Bhattacharya, IIFT Awarded
Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Poulomi Mukherjee Impact of Gender Inequality on Economic Growth: A Study of Developing Countries Ishita Mukhopadhyay Awarded
2 Krishnendu Maji The Relation Between Future Trading Activity and Exchange Rate Volatility: An Indian Perspective Kumarjit Mandal Awarded
3 Somdutta Banerjee Willingness to Pay Before and After Program Implementation: A Study on Municipal Solid Waste Management. Prasenjit Sarkhel Awarded
4 Sayantan Bandhu Majumder An Enquiry into Global Integration, Financial Crisis, Asset Price Sensitivity - Indian Perspective: Theory & Empiries. Ranjan Nag Awarded
5 Antara Dhar Recent Changes in Workforce Participation Among Elderly in India: Analysis of NSS Data. Mousumi Dutta Awarded
6 Moumita Poddar Infant Mortality Rate in India and its Socio-Economic Determinants. Arijita Dutta Awarded
7 Madhurima Koley Inflation Tax for Supporting Fiscal Policy in Indian Context. Kumarjit Mandal Awarded
8 Souri Maitra Contraceptive Usage in West Bengal: Do Adolescent Women Behave Differently? Dr. Arijita Dutta Awarded
Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Arpita Bhowmick The Females' Labour Force Participation in India: A Study for the Period 1999-2012 Sankar Kumar Bhaumik Awarded
2 Subhasree Sarkar Examining Crime Prevalence & Tourist Flows in India: A State Level Analysis from 2001-2011. Prasenjit Sarkhel Awarded
3 Sweta Lahiri Tertiary Education and Female Labour Force Participation Ishita Mukhopadhyay Awarded
4 Soumik Sarkar Public Distribution System and the Indian State: A Class Focused Analysis. Anjan Chakrabarti Awarded
5 Paramita Barman Impact of Education and Exposure to Mass Media on Tuberculosis Related Awareness and Stigma: An Inter-Regional Analysis of India. Arijita Dutta Awarded
6 Supratik Guha Growth, Trade and the Environment: A Quantitative Review of the Literature. Sarmila Banerjee Awarded
7 Swastick Sen Chowdhury Interaction Among Gold, Equity, Government Securities, Foreign Exchange and Money Markets in India: A Time Series Analysis Kumarjit Mandal Awarded
8 Sukumar Sarkar Do Heterogeneity and Group Size Matter in Building Trust and Cooperation in Community Based Natural Resource Management? An Experimental Study Biswajit Ray Awarded
9 Sravaitri Chaudhury Implications of International Market Uncertainty When Firms are Heterogeneous Ranajoy Bhattacharya, IIFT Awarded
Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Tanaya Majumder Economy, Capitalism and Space: A Prelude to the Idea of Regional Economy Anjan Chakraborti Awarded
2 Sayonee Majumdar The Category of Old Care and its Trausition under Capitalism Anjan Chakraborti Awarded
3 Debabrata Ray The Role of Mangrove Forest: A Theoretical Exposition of Interactions and Interlinkages. Anindita Sen Awarded
4 Ratul Das Chaudhury Endogenous Information: In Rural Credit Market Sukanta Bhattacharyya Awarded
5 Shampita Das Informal Mutual Insurance and Quality of Information: An Exploration Sukanta Bhattacharyya Awarded
6 Rimon Saha Inequalities in the Utilization of Material Health Care Services Among the Women of Different Caste Groups and its Determinants: A Special Focus on Schedule Tribes. Arijita Dutta Awarded
7 Shashi Bhusan Mishra School Efficiency in West Bengal Arijita Dutta Awarded
8 Madhabendra Sinha Foreign Direct Investment, Exchange Rate and Economic Growth: An Emperical Study with Indian Data. Panchanan Das Awarded
9 Monoshij Majumdar Pain and Pleasure: A Journey from the Principle of Morals and Legislation to the Principles of Economics. Anjan Chakraborti Awarded
10 Meghna Ghosh Growth & Poverty: Estimating Regional Dimensions with Unit Level Data. Panchanan Das Awarded
11 Swagota Saha The Overview of Urban Employment During 1993-94 to 2011-12 in India. Mahalaya Chatterjee Awarded
12 Priyanka Sutar Economic Liberalization and Skilled-Unskilled Wage Inequality in Developing Countries. Sarbajit Chaudhuri Awarded
13 Anindita Mitra Household Cooking Fuel Consumption and Cooking Fuel Policies: An Empirical Analysis Anindita Sen Awarded
Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Sreya Debnath Completed Coursework and working on dissertation
2 Moumita Ghosh
3 Sattiki Deb
4 Papia Mitra
5 Nilanjana Mukherjee
6 Shilpi Mukherjee
7 Sangita Choudhury
8 Debasree Bose
9 Kamalika Dasgupta
10 Ipsita Chatterjee
11 Saini Das
12 Jayati Chakraborty
13 Dibakar Chatterji
14 Auritra Pal
15 Susnata Ganguly
Sl. No. Name Topic Supervisor Status
1 Rupal Shaw Doing Coursework
2 Rajyasri Roy
3 Soutumi Das
4 Shreya Das
5 Atanu Das
6 Purnendu Modak
7 Priyanthi Bagchi
8 Akash De
9 Tista Mukherjee
10 Samhati Dutta
11 Kunal Naskar
12 Subhojit Sengupta
13 Samyo Basu
14 Sagnik Das
15 Pallavi Julasaria
Projects :
Project title Funding agency Principal investigator Duration Budget
Kanyashree Prakalpa in West Bengal, India: Justification and Evaluation IGC, LSE Arijita Dutta 2015-2017 £10,796 (Rs 10,79,600)
Access to Medicines and Diagnostics in Government Hospitals in West Bengal DH & FW, Go WB Arijita Dutta 2014-16 Rs.14.3 L
Courts, Networks, and Start Ups: Institutions Matter for South Asian Institutions Matter for South Asian Small Enterprises Small Enterprises IDRC P.I. Dr. Tanika Chakraborty, IIT Kanpur)
Co-P.I ;Anirban Mukherjee
  150,000 Canadian dollars
A study on the interaction between the formal and informal institutions and its eff ect on entrepreneurship ICSSR P.I. Dr. Tanika Chakraborty, IIT Kanpur
Co P.I.: Anirban Mukherjee
   Rs. 10 L
History of Technology Adoption and Development: the case of silk industry in colonial India INSA Anirban Mukherjee    
“Globalisation, Economic Growth and Employment in India: An Examination of Possible Linkages” ICSSR Sankar Kumar Bhaumik Completed in December, 2014,
Report under preparation
Social Discrimination, Access to 2016
Credit and Women’s Empowerment
National Commission of Women Ishita Mukherrjee 2016 Rs 43,36,50/-
Vulnerability of Tribal Women in terms
of Social Discrimination and Livelihood ICSSR 2016-17
with respect to State Policies:
Study of three states in Eastern India
ICSSR Ishita Mukherrjee 2016-17 Rs 95,00,00/-
Promoting Eco-Friendly Entrepreneurship 2015-18
Development for women in West Bengal
UGC-Indo-US 21st century Knowledge Inititative Programme Ishita Mukherrjee 2015-18 Rs 1.5 Crores
Class and Caste: In Need of a Theoretical and Empirical Re-Examination. ICSSR Principal Coordinator: Byasdeb Dasgupta (Kalyani University) Project Director :Anjan Chakroborty (CU) 2014-16 Rs 25 lakhs
Collaborations :
Title of the programme Principal collaborator of the department Name and address of the collaborating institution Principal collaborator of the collaborating institution Duration of the programme

Training program for students

Prof Rabindranath Mukhopadhyay, CU

GENPACT, Unitech Campus, new Town, Kolkata

Kiran K. K. Kumar

January 2015-December, 2017

Course Collaborating Department
Refresher courses Academic Staff College
Thrust areas in teaching and research of the academic department :

Teaching : Economic Theory, Economics of Labour, Health, International Trade, Industry, Experiment, Money and Finance, Game and Information, Development, Resource and Environment, Mathematical Economics, Urban Economics, Econometrics, Indian Economics, Political Economy, Economics of Development etc.

Research :

Sl. No. Name of research thrust area Major funding agency
1. Globalisation & Sustainable Development UGC (DRS-DSA)
2. Urban Economics and Inter-disciplinary Urban Studies Special assistance programme of University Grants Commission (Centre for Urban Economic Studies)

Teaching support : Power Point Presentation apart from chalk and talk, group projects, group discussion etc.

Research support :
Details of the equipment supporting departmental research activities may be covered here.

Name of the equipment Funding agency
Desktop Computers UGC, CU, VC’s grant
Laptop Computers UGC, CU,
LCD Projectors UGC, CU,
Photocopy Machines UGC, CU,
Major activities :

Students’ activities: (2015)

Type of examinations Number of students
Civil Services No data
Defence Services No data
NET 10
SET 20
CAT/MAT No data
Banking Services 50

Placement Performance (2007-2016)
No. of companies visited the campus- 31.
No. of students selected-237

Placement through Campus
Year Total Recruit Organization (Count) Annual Compensation [Range]
2010 9 Joint Plant Committee [1]
Gandhi Fellowship [8]
1.75 – 6.5 lakh
2011 ---- ---- -----
2012 30 HSBC [3]
Mu-Sigma [3]
EXL-Decision Analytics [7]
Genpact [6]
Ipsos (Synovate) [2]
Pradhan [3]
Cognizant [3]
C-Marc [3]
1.75 – 6.5 lakh
2013 6 HSBC [1]
Mu-Sigma [2]
C-Marc [3]
6-7 lakh
2014 60 Mu-Sigma [9]
Bridge i2i Analytics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. [1]
Pradhan [5]
Finomial Softwares [16]
IMRB International [1]
Re-emerging World [1]
Orange Tree Global [3]
Genpact [20]
Agrud Advisors [2]
PWC [2]
4-5 lakh
2015 57 HSBC [7]
Genpact [26]
Mu-Sigma [1]
Bridge i2i Analytics Solutions Pvt. Ltd. [3]
Pradhan [4]
Re-emerging World [1]
Azim Premji [2]
Accenture [3]
Nielsen [1]
ASER [4]
ANSR [4]
IMRB [1]
4-6 lakh
2016 52* Genpact [14]
CRIF [6]
TCS [7]
Deloitte [7]
Mu-Sigma [2]
PWC [6]
Pradhan [4]
Zacks Investment Research [3]
4.5-8.5 lakh
  • Cities of Posting - Bangalore, Gurgaon, Kolkata, New Delhi.
  • Designations offered: Data Scientist, Product Analyst, Business Analyst, Research Analyst, Analyst, Development Apprentice, Field Controller, SAS Analytics Consultant.
  • Many other students pursue higher studies and research in the M.Phil and Ph.D levels in the Universities of India and abroad after passing out from the department.A few get absorbed in Academic jobs like College teaching, some clear civil service examinations in State and National levels.

Important Conferences and Seminars in recent years :

  • Annual Conference of the Department along with Forum for Development Economics, Kolkata: ‘Indian Economy: people, Political Economy, Paths and Phases, on March 27-28, 2011
  • Annual Conference of the Department along with Forum for Development Economics, Kolkata every year
  • National Seminar on Non-linearity, Complex Dynamics and Chaos in Economics and Finance, March 13-14, 2013 (jointly with department of Applied Mathematics
  • National Seminar on Non-linearity in Economics , February, 17-18, 2014
  • Critical issues in Indian Official Statistics: A Look into Census Data, August 28, 2015. (Organized jointly with Directorate of Census Operations Government of West Bengal & Centre for Urban Economic Studies Department of Economics Calcutta University),
  • 2nd International Research Scholars’ Workshop,July 28-29, 2015, Invited Lectures by Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University, Sugata Marjit, CU and CSSSC, and Kajal Lahiri, University of Albany, SUNY, USA.
  • Centenary Research Scholars’ Workshop, July 8-9, 2014. Invited Lectures by Basudeb Guha Khasnobis, UNDP, Nepal, Jyotsna Jalan, CSSSC, Sougata Poddar, AIT, New Zealand.
  •  CESI Conference, Dec 2013. (organized jointly by University of Calcutta, The Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), The Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK), and The Pratichi Institute) Invited speakers: Pranab K. Bardhan, University of California, Berkeley, Carloss Torress, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kalyan Sanyal Memorial Lecture (2015). Delivered by R.S. Deshpande
  • Biplab Dasgupta Memorial Lecture (2014). Delivered by Asim Dasgupta
  • Envision : February, 2016, National seminar organized by students for PG level

Regular Departmental Seminars :

Date Speaker Institutional affiliation Title
30.09.2010 Tanusree Chakrabarti WSRC, CU Microfinance, Poverty and Women's empowerment: A study across social groups
05.01.2011 Subrata Majumder DRS, CU Performance of Indian Chemical Sector: Post-reform Perspective
11.02.2011 Amit Bhaduri Professor Emeritus, JNU Debt Cycles and Financial Crisis: some simple analytics.
25.02.2011 Niladri Sekhar Dhar ISI, Kolkata Employment and Earnings of Labour Households in Rural India
15.03.2011 Nilabja Ghosh Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi Climate Change and Agriculture in India
19.05.2011 Sarbari Chatterjee Jadavpur University Role of Multinational Enterprises and Foreign Direct Investment in Indian Economy During 1991-2005 
06.06.2011 Sabitri Dutta Dumdum Motijheel Rabindra Mahavidyalaya Air Pollution and the Pattern of Morbidity: a Study on Urban India
Chitrita Bhowmick Victoria Institution The Rural Non-Farm Sector and Economic Development in India
16.06.2011 Mainak Majumder Centre De Sciences Humaines, New Delhi Efficiency of the Indian Pharmaceutical Firms: A Meta-frontier Approach
14.07.2011 Koushik Das Burdwan University Strategic Trade, Environment and Welfare: A Computable General Equilibrium Analysis
Susmita Chattopadhyay Globsyn Business School Telecommunications Industry in India: Structure, Conduct and Performance
25.07.2011 Bikash Kumar Ghosh Presidency University Milk Production in West Bengal: The Implications of Cooperative
Ankita Roy The George Telegraph Institute An Empirical Analysis of Economic Development: RTI for Rural West Bengal
09.08.2011 Debjani Barman Indian Institute of Health & Medical Research Barrier to Access Public Health with Special Focus on Immunization: An Econometric Analysis
Amrita Pal Asansol BB College Government Policy & Performance of Micro and Small Enterprises: A Study of the Asansol-Durgapur Industrial Belt
17.11.2011 Moumita Mukherjee Indian Institute of Health & Medical Research Changing profile of malnutrition in India and its link with poverty and income inequality
19.01.2012 Biswajit Roy University of Calcutta Institution, Communities and Conservation: A Study of Community-based Forest Management in West Bengal, India
16.02.2012 Robert Breunig Australia National University Wage dispersion and team performance: a theoretical model and evidence from baseball
15.03.2012 Rajib Bhattacharyya Hooghly Mohossin College Growth of Outsourcing in India & its Long run Sustainability
Dibyendu Banerjee Serampore College Some Aspects of Labour Market in Developing Economy: A Theoretical Analysis

Seminars at the Department of Economics 2012-13 :

Scope Guest of Honour/Chief Guest Lecture/ Keynote Address delivered by Topic Approx. No.of Participants Remarks
National Professor Ashis Kumar Bandopadhyay
Former Vice-Chancellor, CU
    40+40 UPE seminar jointly with department of Applied Mathematics
National       30+30 Jointly with IDSK

Seminars and talks organised :

Date Speaker Title
10 January, 2014 Aparajita Dasgupta, Population Council India Can the Major Public Works Policy Buffer Negative Shocks in Early Childhood? Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
10 July, 2014 Jayanta Kumar Dwibedi , BKC College (coauthored by Sarbajit chaudhuri, CU) Agricultural Subsidy Policies Failed to address the Child Labour Problem: What could be the Aternative Policies
10 February, 2014 Rajarshi Majumder,  Burdwan University A Quarter of a Century: Mobility and Stagnation in India’s Rural Labour Market
26 February , 2014 Vivekananda Mukherjee, Jadavpur University   Capital Accumulation, Equalizing Transfer and 'Race to the Bottom' in Fiscal Federalism
3 March, 2014 Indraneel Dasgupta, ISI Calcutta  Assimilation, Criminality and Ethnic Conflict
7 April, 2014   Manipushpak Mitra, ISI, Calcutta Dynamic ceiling VCG mechanisms
(jointly with Sambuddha Ghosh (Boston University), and Yan Long (University of Glasgow)
14 July , 2014. Suman Seth, Oxford University  Measuring destitution in developing countries: An ordinal approach for identifying linked subset of multidimensionally poor (jointly with Sabina Alkire, Adriana Conconi ) 
23 July, 2014 Bibhas Saha (University of East Anglia and Durham University) , (co-author Parimal Bag, NUS)
Match-fixing and betting markets
5 January, 2015  Prasenjit Banerjee, University of Manchester Social rewards and the design of voluntary incentive mechanism for biodiversity protection on farmland
13 Jan 2015 Subhasish Dey, University of Manchester  Do Electoral Politics Matters in MG-NREGS Implementation? Evidence from Village Council Election in West Bengal.
4 February , 2015 Betsy Hartmann, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Hampshire Collehe, Amherst The Malthusian Anticipatory Regime for Africa (MARA): Implications for South Asia
10 Feb 2015  Sajal Lahiri, Southern Illinois University (with Yingyi Tsai, National University of Kaohsiung) Foreign Penetration and Domestic Competition 
16 March, 2015 Oindrila Dey, Jadavpur University (co authored with Swapnendu Banerjee, Jadavpur University) Endogenous Favouritism With Status Incentives: A Model Of Optimal Inefficiency
27 July, 2015 Souvik Dutta, IIM Bangalore Ethnic Conflicts, Rumours and an Informed Agent (with Pathikrit Basu and Suraj Shekhar)
13 August, 2015  Maitreesh Ghatak, London School of Economics Market Structure and Borrower Welfare in Microfinance (with Jonathan de Quidt and Thiemo Fetzer)
7 September, 2015 Subhasish Dey (University of Manchester), (co authored with Arjun Bedi, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)  Falling Clientelism or Regime Change Effect? Benefit Incidence of NREGS from West Bengal.
29 September , 2015 Robert Pollin, Department of Economics and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) University of Massachusetts-Amherst (co authored with Shouvik Chakraborty, PERI)   An Egalitarian Green Growth Program For India
5 October  2015   Priyodorshi Banerjee, ISI Calcutta Partner Selection and the Division of Surplus: Evidence from Ultimatum and Dictator Experiments
9 October, 2015   Tamal Dutta Chowdhury, Calcutta Business School Nature of Financial Data
30 November, 2015   Siddhartha Chattopadhyay, IIT Kharagpur The Inflation Target at the Zero Lower Bound
21 January, 2016 Angan Sengupta, IHMR Dynamics of overweight and obesity prevalence among Indian women by place of residence and socio-economic status
22 January, 2016
Arnab Bhattacharya, Heriot-Watt University Unknown and Potentially Endogenous Spatial Weights Matrix

Conference :

Theme Duration
Economic Review of West Bengal March 29-30, 2011
Economic Review of West Bengal Feb 22-23, 2012

Some pre-Submission Seminars :

Date Speaker Topic
3rd December, 2013 Titaskumar Bandyopadhyay Job Searching, Efficiency Wage and Capital Mobility in the Informal Sector: Theory and Policy
3rd December, 2013 Anjan Raychaudhuri Horizontal Inequality: The Concept, Measurement and Determinants
20th December, 2013 Suranjana Dasgupta,  
20th December, 2013 Simantini Halder Aspects of Child Undernutrition in India
24th February, 2014 Jayita Bit Sustainable Forest Conservation in India: Economic Linkages and Livelihood Dependence
24th February, 2014 Montu Bose Pattern of Morbidity and Access to Health Care in West Bengal
10th April, 2014 Aparna Banerjee Changing Profile Of Ports And Its Influence On The Port Towns Of India:1980-2010
23rd May, 2014 Mousumi Mitra Economic Reforms and Unorganised Manufacturing Sector
in India: A Disaggregated View
6th June, 2014 Poulami Lahiri An Analysis of Dividend Behavior of Indian Corporate Firms in the Post Reform Period
6th June, 2014 Subir Maitra An Investigation into the Quality of Technical Education in India
26th June, 2014 Neelanjan Sen Technology Transfer and Innovation
26th June, 2014 Tiyas Mallick 'Market Structure and Performance Appraisal: Indian Steel Industry under Globalization
4th August, 2014 Avijit Mandal Indo-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Consequences on the Indian Economy
8th September, 2014 Samrat Roy An Empirical Study on the Relationship Between Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth for Selected Asian Countries
8th September, 2014 Saswati Chaudhuri  Livelihood Strategies of the Urban Poor: A Study with Reference to Kolkata

Additional information :

  • Internship: Students work as summer interns in different private sector corporate banks as well as nationalized banks. Other corporate organisations, like Genpact also offer them internship.
  • On-the job training:
  • Faculty exchange and development programme
  • Consultancy:
  • Extension programme
  • Syllabus: Syllabus is reconstructed and updated in regular intervals of 3 to 4 years.
  • Previous year’s question papers: All question papers of previous years are kept in print forms in the departmental library.


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