Prof. Rajeev Malhotra

Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Development and Finance, Lead Author & Chief Editor, India Public Policy Report

M.A. (Delhi School of Economics, University fo Delhi);
M.Sc. (London School of Economics, London)

Prof.  Rajeev Malhotra bridges the world of academics and policy making, A development economist and a civil servant with over 28 years of experience, he has worked with the Government of India, where until August 2012 he was Economic Adviser to the then Union Finance Minister. From 2002 to 2008, he worked at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and prior to that at the Planning Commission, New Delhi. Over the years, he has been a consultant to several international organisations.


He has expertise in macroeconomic issues in development policy; fiscal policy and budgeting; planning, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments; poverty estimation and human development; and human rights and development. He has led research on human rights and rights sensitive development indicators at the UN and is recognised as an international expert on that subject. He also worked on conceptual and operational framework for the right to development and human rights-based approaches. He has published widely. His most recent publications include India Public Policy Report 2014 (Oxford University Press, 2014); ‘India @ 100: Giving wings to the lumbering elephant’, Futures: Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, Elsevier 56 (2014) 8-21; and A Critical Decade-Polices for India’s Development (Oxford University Press, 2012).


His research interests includes macroeconomic issues in development policy related to India and other developing economies. Human rights and development, in particular issues related to identification and operationalization of human development, human rights and good governance indicators for use in policy articulation, monitoring and evaluation of development process.

  • ‘Towards a Tax System for Inclusive Development: A State-level Analysis of Tax Incidence and Tax Mobilisation in India’, Chapter coauthored in the India Exclusion Report 2014-15, Books for Change, New Delhi 2016.


  • ‘Delivering development and good governance: Making human rights count’, World Bank Legal Review, Vol. 6, February, 2015.


  • ‘India @ 100: Giving wings to the lumbering elephant’, Futures: Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures Studies, Elsevier 56 (2014) 8-21.


  • ‘Implementing the Right to Development: Towards Operational Criteria and Monitoring Framework’, in (ed): Realizing the Right to Development: Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development, UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, Geneva, Dec. 2013.


  • ‘India’s Economic Reforms: Building an Appetite and Selecting the Menu for Next Stage’, Administrative Development (Journal of Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration) Vol.1 Sept. 2012. 


  • ‘Policy Cauldron: Some Imperatives for Emerging Economies’, Jindal Journal of Public Policy, Vol.1, Issue 1, August 2012, page 26-51. 


  • ‘Refocusing the Union Budget: Fiscal Imperatives and Some Other Issues’, in (ed.) Rajeev Malhotra: A Critical Decade; Policies for India’s Development, OUP Jan. 2012.  


  • Accelerating Manufacturing Growth: Promise of the New Manufacturing Policy and Beyond”, (co-authored), in (ed.), Rajeev Malhotra: A Critical Decade; Policies for India’s Development, OUP Jan, 2012. 


  • ‘India’s Union Budget: Changing Scope and Evolving Content’, Science and Culture, Vol. 77, No. 7-8, July-August 2011. 


  • ‘Shaping of the Indian Miracle: Acceleration Towards High Growth’, (co-authored) in (ed.) Luiz de Mello, Growth and Sustainability in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, OECD, Paris 2010. 


  • ‘Do We Really Need a Diversity Index for India?’ Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol. 3 Number 2, July-December 2009. 


  • ‘Human Development Measures- From Advocacy to Policy Monitoring at Country Level’, Indian Journal of Human Development, Vol.1 Number 1, January 2007. 


  • ‘Towards Implementing the Right to Development: A Framework for Indicators and Monitoring Methods’, in (ed.), Bard A. Andreassen and Stephen P Marks, Development as a Human Right Harvard University Press, Boston Ma. 2006. 


  • ‘Right to development-where are we today?’ in Reflections on the Right to Development (ed.), Arjun K. Sengupta et al, Centre for Development and Human Rights, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2005. 


  • ‘Child Labour in India: Nature, Strategies and Policy Options’, (co-authored) in (ed.), G.K. Lieten, Ravi Srivastava and Sukhdeo Thorat, Small hands in South Asia: Child Labour in Perspective Manohor Publications, New Delhi 2004. 


  • ‘Incidence of Poverty in India – Towards a Consensus on Estimating the Poor’ – The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 40, No. 1, pages 67-102, 1997.


India Public Policy Report 2014, Jindal Global University and OUP (April 2014). 
‘A Critical Decade; Policies for India’s Development’ (ed.), OUP, New Delhi 2012. 
‘Indicators for Human Rights-A Guide to Implement and Measure Rights’, (commissioned by), UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, Geneva 2012. 
National Human Development Report, India 2001, Planning Commission, Government of India, March 2002, and OUP, New Delhi. Also at: 

Macroeconomic issues in Development, Human Development and Human rights in Development