I find myself keen on pursuing microeconomic research by making effective use of econometric tools. Despite the availability of public data on the Indian economy, there is a dearth of research to help shape legislative policy, and that's the gap I hope to fill through my contributions to research.

My focus while writing is to provide clear and lucid explanations, while choosing topics which haven't had extensive research conducted on them, and yet can be of interest to the layman.

Many of these papers have been published in journals and presented at inter-college events.


The Impact of Climate Shocks on Child Marriages in Bihar

Studies the marriage market forces of early marriages and dowry, and how they operated in response to the 2008 Kosi floods.


Centralisation: The Doom of the Crypto Economy

Argues that the crypto economy, hailed as the decentralised future of global finance, suffers from the same structural problems as the traditional monetary system.

Taking Select Indian Sectors to the Global Scale.pdf

Globalising Indian Sectors

Public report written for Invest India which provides insights for global expansion of select sectors, providing a detailed SWOT analysis for each.

The Fault in our Patents - How India can Innovate (and Grow) Better - Akhil Bhardwaj for Economists in Transtion.pdf

The Fault in Our Patents

In the land of ‘Jugaad’, where everyone is able to find a frugal fix to any problem, innovation is still dismal. Can better patent rights help?


Against the Grain: Paddy Market Integration in India

Assesses the extent and degree of integration among agricultural markets for paddy in India at the national and state levels using Engel-Gonzalez and Johansen models, backed by Impulse Response Functions. Novel contribution towards directions of integration with policy insights to reduce WPI inflation caused by lack of cointegration.

Bhardwaj and Kumar.pdf

Clean Cooking Fuels and Indoor Air Pollution

Studies the impact of the use of solid cooking fuels on the incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs) on children under the age of five, through an OLS and a DiD model. Presented at the National Economics Seminar, 2021, where it stood 3rd out of 10 research papers selected nationally, and Econvista 2022.


Covid-19 and Financial Inclusion

Use a multivariate OLS framework using Consumer Pyramid Household Surveys to conduct an intertemporal analysis of the impact of both the waves of Covid-19 and government interventions on variables signifying financial inclusion. Noteworthy finding that the pandemic positively impacted financial inclusion, especially for females.