Rakesh Gupta N. R.
I am a Ph.D. in Economics (graduated: July 2018; supervisor: Gaël Giraud) at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. I am also currently working at the Development Research Group (Poverty and Inequality department) of the World Bank in Washington DC. I hold 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.
My primary field of research is development economics and applied microeconomics, with a particular interest in impact evaluation. I am currently working on questions of intergenerational mobility across the world at the World Bank. Previously, I was working on early childhood development, social sectors budgeting, child poverty and Monitoring and Impact Evaluation of programs as a UNICEF Fellow at Economic Policy Research Centre in Uganda.
My 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. I have worked on the statistical foundations of coherent, composite, multidimensional development indicators, including Relational Capability Index.
My 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.