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Santosh Adhikari
Associate Instructor , Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana, United States
PhD candidate in Economics at Indiana University Bloomington, interested in the issues of economic development and public policy in developing countries, familiar with various econometric and statistical techniques - both reduced form and structural form; Two years of work experience (as an engineer) in the home country Nepal before graduate school.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
Currently as a PhD candidate I am working as an Associate Instructor of Economics at Indiana University Bloomington. My duties and responsibilities include teaching undergraduate economics courses sometimes with full responsibilities while other times helping other faculties as a Teaching Assistant. During my time in Indiana University, I have been involved in various courses in Economics and Statistics in different capacities.

Before starting graduate studies I was worked for an year as an Engineer for a World Bank funded project to combat the chronic power shortage in Nepal through demand site management. My duties and responsibilities included supervising the field surveyors involved in data collection and then help the project coordinator with data analysis.

I also worked as a Field Engineer where I was involved in the monitoring and evaluation of subsidized small solar home systems in rural Nepal. My duties and responsibilities were to inspect the technical quality of the installed solar home systems and also to check whether there has been any misuse of the subsidy provided by the government.
I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Indiana University and am graduating in July 2017 with specializations in Economic growth and development; public economics and Computational Macroeconomics. My doctoral dissertation is titled "Three Essays in Economic Development".

My dissertation investigates the role of institutions in the growth of different manufacturing sub-sectors of the Indian economy. In particular I find that the states which have undergone policy reforms to improve the institutional quality have invested more in the sectors that depend more on institutions. This explains the peculiar development path of India - the stagnation of manufacturing and rise of services as the economy's dominant sector.

The rest of my dissertation deals with the diffusion of institutions among the states in India. Using a sophisticated spatial dynamic panel data model I investigate whether the policy reform by one state has any effect on the actions of neighboring states. The next part of the dissertation on taxation on the economic growth and employment.

In addition, I have co-authored a paper on the impacts of foreign aid on the institutions and economic development of Nepal. Also I am working on the effects of migration on the economic development of a poor country.

Before coming to the United States to study Economics, I did my undergraduate in Electronics Engineering from Tribbhuvan university's Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus and spent about two years working as an Engineer or a Field Engineer.
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    Years of Experience:
    2-5 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Nepali, Hindi
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