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Dr Amitendu Palit
Designation : Senior Research Fellow; Research Lead (Trade & Economic Policy)
Email : isasap@nus.edu.sg
Tel : (65) 6516 6096
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Dr Amitendu Palit is Senior Research Fellow & Research Lead (Trade & Economic Policy) at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore. He is an economist specializing in comparative economic studies, political economy of international trade, regional developments and public policies. His current research is on China-India comparative economic development, trade and regional architectures in the Asia-Pacific and political economy of economic reforms.

Dr Palit worked in India’s Ministry of Finance for a decade and handled India’s external sector, industrial and infrastructure policies. He also worked in the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He was on Advisory Committees of India’s Planning Commission and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). His books include China India Economics: Challenges, Competition and Collaboration (Routledge, UK; 2011), Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities (Anthem, UK; 2008, co-authored) and South Asia: beyond the Global Financial Crisis (edited; World Scientific, 2011). His forthcoming book is The Trans-Pacific Partnership, China and India (Routledge, UK). He has several publications in leading academic journals. A columnist for India’s Financial Express, he writes for the China Daily, Wall Street Journal, Business Times and other leading global publications.

Area of Interest and Expertise
Economic Policy
Economic Development
Comparative Economic Studies

Current Research
China-India Comparative Economic Studies
Regional and National Trade Policies
Climate Change

Outward Investment from India: Features and Drivers (2007), Indian Foreign Affairs Journal, Vol.2, No.3, July-September, Cambridge University Press, New Delhi.

Special Economic Zones in India: Myths and Realities (co-authored with Subhomoy Bhattacharjee), (2008), South Asia Series, Anthem Press, London and NY.

Technological Upgradation through Global Value Chains: Challenges before BIMSTEC Nations (2006) in Towards BIMSTEC-Japan Comprehensive Economic Cooperation: The Benefits of Moving Together; Anthem Press (An Imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company), London & NY; November.
Feasibility of an Asian Currency Unit (2008), (with Abhijit Sengupta) Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) Working Paper, 208, March; See http://icrier.org/publication/working_papers_208.html  

Sustainability of Economic Growth in India (2007), Working Paper No. 25, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada, May; http://www.cigionline.org/ (co-authored with Rajiv Kumar and Karan Singh).

Technological Capability as a Determinant of FDI Inflows: Evidence from Developing Asia and India (2007), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) Working Paper, 193, April; See http://icrier.org/pdf/Working_Paper_193.pdf. (co-authored with Shounkie Nawani).

Economic Insecurities in South Asia: Evidence and Policy Issues (2007) in 'Comprehensive Security: Economic Perspectives from India; Seminar Proceedings', Delhi Policy Group (DPG), New Delhi, India.

Role of Technological Capabilities in Enhancing FDI Flows in Developing Asia-Pacific Economies (2006); Policy Brief in Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Review, Vol.2, No.2, December; Bangkok; Also Published as Policy Brief No.9, in November 2006 by the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), UN-ESCAP; See http://www.unescap.org/tid/artnet/pub/polbrief9.pdf
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