Rakesh Gupta N. R.

Update date: May 2, 2020




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Rakesh Gupta is an economist (Ph.D. at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, supervisor: Gaël Giraud) and a consultant at the Development Research Group (Poverty and Inequality Unit) of the World Bank in Washington DC. He holds a Master in Quantitative Economics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS-Ulm) and Paris School of Economics specializing in Public Policy and Development (dissertation supervisor: Thomas Piketty); a University Diploma in Applied Mathematics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; and an Executive MBA from Alliance University.

His primary field of research is development economics and applied microeconomics, with a particular interest in impact evaluation, welfare measurements and distributional impacts of trade. He is currently working on questions of intergenerational mobility across the world. Previously, he worked on early childhood development, social sectors budgeting, public spending efficiency, child poverty and Monitoring and Impact Evaluation of programs as a UNICEF Fellow at Economic Policy Research Centre in Uganda.

His Ph.D. funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and Chaire Energie et Prosperité, is on welfare measurements, social capital, subjective well-being and an extension of the capabilities approach. He has worked on the statistical foundations of coherent, composite, multidimensional development indicators, including Relational Capability Index.

Other work experience includes: ESSEC Business School (IRENE-CODEV) on social capital and relational capabilities research; launching Uber as part of a team in Paris; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on fiscal impacts of environmental policies; Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) on a banking and credit services study; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on environmental policies’ distributional impact in the Asia Pacific; and also at Goldman Sachs as a hedge funds analyst.

Research interests: distributional impacts of trade, poverty decomposition, multidimensional poverty, subjective well-being, intergenerational mobility, and returns to education