Centre for New Economics Studies

Espousing the philosophy of how contemporary economic theories look at socio-economic problems in a variety of ways, the Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES) through its research and activities aims to focus more on exploring the diversity of the scholarship on economics. At CNES, students and young researchers are not only exposed to the basic foundations of economic reasoning and thought but are exposed to the inter-disciplinary application of the discipline of economics in fields of political science (via political economy), psychology (via behavioral economics), history (via economic history), legal studies (via law and economics) etc.

In most universities and traditional learning centres for mainstream economics learning, there still remains a lacuna between the taught economic theory and the application of such theories in the real policy environment. CNES aims to fill this lacuna by linking economic theory with historical experience(s) and empirical observation under a robust, experimental environment of research. At CNES, teaching or understanding a given economic theory cannot be viewed merely as an exposition of received and established truths or as an intellectual exercise in the skills of logical deduction and inference.

Mr. Deepanshu Mohan

Director, Centre for New Economics Studies

Jindal School of International Affairs,

Phone: +918396907211
Email: dmohan@jgu.edu.in

CNES Research Advisory Board

Akriti Bhatia
Founder and Executive Director, PAIGAM (People’s Association of Grassroots Action and Movement)

Arun Kumar Kaushik
Associate Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities


Ashit Kumar Srivastava
Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University Orissa

Kishalay Bhattacharjee
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication
Khetrimayum Monish Singh
Programme Officer, The Centre for Internet and Society, New Delhi
Laknath Jayasinghe
Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School


Mara Nogueira- Teixeira

Post-Doctoral Fellow,London School of Economics

Nicolas de Zamaroczy
Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs
Samrat Sinha
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs
Siddhartha Bhasker
Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School
Sukalpa Chakrabarti
Deputy Director & Associate Professor, Symbiosis School of International Studies
Vinod Vyasulu
Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal School of Government and Policy
Vivek U Padvetnaya
Associate Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University
Wajahat Ahmed
Social Anthropologist
Y.S.R. Murthy
Professor and Registrar, O.P.Jindal Global University

Conversations in Development Studies (CIDS)

What is Conversations in Development Studies (CIDS)? 

CIDS (Conversations in Development Studies) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly research publication produced by the research team of Centre for New Economics Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University. The student-led editorial publication features solicited research commentaries (in the range of 2500-3000 words) from scholars currently working in the cross-sectional aspects of development studies. Each published CIDS Issue seeks to offer a comprehensive analysis on a (pre-identified) specific theme within the scope of development scholarship.

Volume 1: Issue 1 (October, 2018)

Inaugural Issue on Gender in Development: A Feminist Perspective 

Volume 1: Issue 2 (December, 2018)

Examining Connectivity in Southeast Asia : Challenges and Prospects

Volume 1: Issue 3 (March, 2019)

Econophysics: Exploring A New Dimension To Economic Analysis & Reasoning

Volume 1: Issue 4 (July, 2019)

Right to Health-Care in India: In Theories and Praxes

Volume 2: Issue 1 (October 2019)

Urban Transformations: A Transnational Perspective

Volume 2 Issue II (February-March, 2020)

Perspectives on Citizenship: India’s Amended Citizenship
Volume 2 Issue III (May, 2020)

Interpreting the Connection between Refugee Rights, State Policy and Developmental Priorities 


CIDS Editorial Advisory Board
Ayona Bhattacharjee

Assistant Professor, International Management Institute, New Delhi.

Indranil Mukhopadhyay
Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

Laknath Jayasinghe
Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School

Lokendra Kumawat
Visiting Professor of Economics, Statistics, Ashoka University

Sidharth Bhaskar
Assistant Professor, O.P.Jindal Global University

Sudip Patra
Assistant Professor of Management Practice, O.P.Jindal Global University

Sukumar Murlidharan
Associate Professor, Research, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication

Vivek U. Padvetnaya

Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University


CNES is committed in its research goal to explore wider, more diverse inter-sectional possibilities for research in areas within economics, while experimenting with methods engaged during a process of research. Objective is to identify contemporary social, economic and political issues in context to developing economies and look at these from a micro, more ethnographic perspective. Consequently, the research aim here is not only to publish or disseminate findings through academic journals but also develop alternative ways of knowing within existing frameworks of economic analysis and reasoning to create a genuine interest among students and others for pursuing a cross-fertilized, field based approach to economics (and other social sciences).
More information on the research clusters created within the Centre is given below.

Research Clusters

Clusters are focus-groups led by the Director along with a dedicated team of research and senior research assistants (analysts) associated with CNES. The CNES Faculty Advisory Board is engaged in sharing insights on certain documented studies, offering feedback to some clusters.

Narrative Economics: An Economics Perceived Through Stories

Trends Involved in Farming Practices Across Haryana: An Ethnographic Case Reflection from Four Villages

An Inclusive View to Street Vending in India: Reflections from the Street-Markets across Kolkata

Dynamics of Cross-Border Trade: A Case Study from the Indo-Bhutan Border

Governing Dynamics of Local ‘Informal’ Markets: A Case Study from Markets in Delhi (India)

Governing Dynamics of Urban Informality: A Case Study of Local Markets in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Law, Policy and Development

Street vending in urban ‘Informal’ Markets: Reflections from Case-Studies of Street Vendors in Delhi (India) and Phnom Penh City (Cambodia)

Short Term Impact of GST (Goods & Services Tax) on Small and Medium Scale Businesses across India: Reflections from Uttarakhand and Kerala

Between Law and its Practice: Reflections from the Sealing Drive Across South Delhi​

In Pursuit of Excellence, Efficiency and Equity in India’s Higher Education Landscape

A Comparative Perspective to Competition Law Cases in the Ride-Sharing Industry: Reflections from Jurisdictions of Singapore, EU and India

Exploring Research Pathways Through Experimental Diagnosis

Access to Social Services in States across India: Findings from a Social Equality Index (SEI)

Understanding Factors Affecting Consumer Behaviour Towards Fashion Counterfeits: Reflections from Markets Across Delhi (India)

In Collaboration with Guyana Budget and Policy Institute(GPBI)

InfoSphere is a space for fact-based, objective analysis on some of the most pressing contemporary issues of policy concern in South Asia (with a more focus on India). 

The purpose of each Fact-Sheet, to be released on a monthly basis, is to provide a data-based narrative on an identified issue, allowing readers to understand, analyse and interpret facts critically from well-authenticated sources. 

The Team’s sincere hope is that such form of analysis will allow a cohesive space for policy-diagnosis and discussion on key issues, where facts shown here, can help most shape more informed opinions than give way to personal conjecture or views reflecting deep prejudice or rhetoric. 

InfoSphere Vol. I Issue I (January): 

What To Know Before Union Budget 2020-21? (A Primer On Past Trends)

InfoSphere Vol. I Issue II (February): 

Critical Observations From Union Budget 2020-21

InfoSphere Vol. I Issue III (March): 

Interpreting The (Un)Employment Scenario in India

Infosphere Vol I Issue IV (April):

Gauging The Economic Impact of The Great Lockdown and The Coronavirus Pandemic..
InfoSphere Vol. I Issue V(May):

Understanding The Unemployment Scenario Across Emerging Economies: Reflections From China, Turkey, South Africa

COVID19 Special Series comprises of an exclusive-series of analytical features published with research and news platforms across the world by CNES Research Team Members, assessing the political, economic and social impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Series was featured in Three Parts, Part I and Part II focus on the socio-economic impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on India. Part III focuses on the global scale of the impact and provides a set of informed arguments on how a post-coronavirus world may look like.

Part I of Special Series on COVID19 and Its Impact

What will be the Economic Consequences of COVID-19 for India and Rest of the WorldThe Wire:
The State of India’s HealthCare Sector in 10 ChartsMedium/Stimson Centre (South Asian Voices):
Coronavirus: Needed an All Hands on Deck Financial PolicyFortune (India):
A lockdown is the health response to fight Coronavirus, where is the economic plan?The Print:
Coronavirus: The Great Leveller (?)Fortune (India):

Part II of Special Series on COVID19 and Its Impact

The Hidden Costs of a Pandemic

Fortune (India)


How prepared is India’s HealthCare System in Response to COVID19?

Stimson Centre’s South Asian Voices


Three Big Questions After A Week’s Nationwide Lockdown 

Mint & The Wire


Safeguarding Constitutional Rights In Times of a Pandemic  Mail Today/ Daily-O

Part III of Special Series on COVID19 and Its Impact

Title Platform
The (Geo)Political World After Coronavirus




Watching Out For The Third Pandemic: A Massive Debt Crisis (?)

World Commerce Review (London)


How Can India Utilize This Crisis-Opportunity To Reprioritise Its Global Commitments..

The Wire


Why Indian Economy Needs A Comprehensive-Complimentary Plan To Recover (Post-COVID19)

Mail Today/DailyO


How COVID19 is Testing India’s Constitutional Fabric





Part IV & V of Special Series on COVID19, Its Socio-Economic Impact (Shram Ko Naman)



On Apathy and MisConduct


How India is endangering its vulnerable prisoners amidst a pandemic outbreak

The Caravan


India’s Manual Scavengers have been forgotten in the COVID 19 response 



Our Unemployment Crisis Demands Structural Solutions



Contractualisation Of Workforce Will Worsen Current Unemployment Scenario

Deccan Herald


Four Measures That Can Help Farmers  Deal With The Impact of COVID19 Lockdown

The Wire


Featured Interview On COVID19’s Impact on Casual-Daily Wage Workers in India & The Case for Direct Cash Transfers and UBI (Universal Basic Income)

Fortune (India) May Edition

(Fortune Editor Ms. Arnika Thakur speaks to Prof. Maitreesh Ghatak (LSE), Prof. Jean Dreze (Delhi School of Economics, Ranchi University), Prof. Deepanshu Mohan (O.P. Jindal Global University)


Finance Minister’s Liquidity Injection May Be Welcome, But Attention Needs To Be On Reviving Demand… 

The Wire


For India To Become AtmaNirbhar (Self-Reliant) in 10 Years, Do Indians Have To Be AtmaNirbhar  Now? 

(On the 21 trillion (Rs.) Economic Package)


The Wire


Towards a New Economic Geography For States

Fortune India


Politica Discussion Series


‘Panel Discussion on Voting Patterns in Indian Elections: How Indians Vote?’ – Professor Deepanshu Mohan, Professor Mohsin Raza Khan, and Professor Rakshi Rath with Professor Anish Vanaik as Discussant 

A New Future for Economics: Theory & Practice’ By Mr. Naresh Singh

Politica is a discussion forum initiated by the Centre that seeks to promote active public engagement by scholars working on key socio-economic issues with an inter-disciplinary focus along with those who are willing to share their research insights. 

You can have a look at our recently concluded forum discussions below : –  

Link to the Video Discussion – https://youtu.be/gBp5MO-auVs 

Link to the Video Discussion – https://youtu.be/8yKTRVB2vkY 

Link to the Video Discussion – https://youtu.be/dgRYRuWyofM 

Link to the Video Discussion- https://youtu.be/bINDn3AfV0E  

Link to the Video Discussion- https://youtu.be/pEC0jqrs6kc  

Link to the Video Discussion- https://youtu.be/EU5iQ0FOc70 

  • The Union Terrorization of State of Jammu and Kashmir: Its Current and Future Ramifications…

Link to the video Discussion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvOscl85sg

  • State of the Economy: What’s Going Wrong and How to Improve India`s growth trajectory?

Link to the Video Discussion – https://youtu.be/Y7VESpFoCuU

  • Interpreting “Violence” in Political Psyche and Strategy!

Link to the Video Discussion – https://youtu.be/BztNn5IFeMY


Collaborative Projects/Conferences/Activities

  1. Conference Report on “Conflict and Economic Development” (co-organized with the Centre for Study of Political Violence) [ PDF]
  2. Draft Report on the 2015-16 CSPV Fellowship Program in Bihar, Assam (co-organized with the Centre for Study of Political Violence) [ PDF]  
  3. Report on the 2016-17 Border Studies Winter School Program in Indo-Bhutan area (co-organized with the Centre for Study of Political Violence)

The research programs and activities spearheaded by CNES undertaken are innately interdisciplinary in nature and draw on contemporary debates emanating from economic history, behavioral sciences, international economics, development economics, and political science. 

In addition to the activities organized by CNES, the Centre offers credit-based elective courses on the following thematic areas (also open for cross-registration by students from all JGU schools):

  • Political Economy of Late Development
  • Public Law and Economics: An Introduction
  • Political Economy of Doing Business in India
  • Development Economics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Development
  • A Brief History of Economic Crises during 20th & 21st Century

Click here to get access to the Research Platform:

Nickled and Dimed

Forthcoming Events

The Centre for New Economic Studies is organising its 2019 edition of Inter-Disciplinary Student Workshop in Development Studies (ISDS 2019) on 21st September at the O.P. Jindal University campus.

Please check the Workshop Call for Papers by clicking here:

Guest Lecture on “Israel Studies as a discipline in India” on 21st Jan 2019 [PDF]

The Centre for New Economic Studies is organising an Inter-Disciplinary Student Workshop in Development Studies (ISDS 2018) on March 3, 2018.

The one-day workshop will be held on campus, offering students from across different areas of social sciences to present working papers on Technology and Society and Agency of Women in Path to Development (under the sub-tracks provided). The workshop is open to students from different universities (in and outside Delhi) and welcomes abstracts on any of the identified themes.

Please find attached a detailed Concept Note with a Call for Abstracts for your reference. [PDF]

Positions @ CNES

Details on Designated Roles of Association with Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)


Any student or interested writer can apply for a position of a Columnist for Nickeled & Dimed once an open call is announced every academic semester (i.e. twice a year). As part of the role, each selected columnist shall be assigned to a writing cluster on a given thematic area and will be guided by one of the editorial team members, who will be responsible for managing the writing cluster. Each Columnist is required to submit at least two written articles every month and these should be as per the editorial guidelines of Nickeled and Dimed. The term of association will be for 6 months at a minimum and extendable upto a year (based on the feedback received from the editorial team).

Columnists, like all other positions at the Centre, will be issued a Letter of Appreciation by the Centre’s Director at the end of their term in acknowledgment of their contributions. Associated writers and columnists, when applying for a Research Assistant/Analyst position, will stand a favourable chance for selection by the team due to their written contributions. Interested applicants can write to Nickeled and Dimed team at cnes.jgu@gmail.com

Research Assistant

Any student of the University can apply for the role of a Research Assistant when there is a call for applications before the beginning of a semester. A Research Assistant would be required to undertake administrative, research related responsibilities initiated by the Centre during a given semester. This may include working as part of the official research platform, Nickeled and Dimed; or, be part of the organising team of the policy discussion series, Politica; or, may include additional research responsibilities (including field-work for on-going research projects).  Any JGU student working as a Research Assistant with CNES would need to commit for a minimum period of a given semester and can work for a maximum of two Research Centres (including CNES) during their appointed term duration. Students with previous research article contributions towards Nickeled and Dimed will be encouraged during appointments made for the role.

For applications/queries: All interested students may email their expression of interest/queries to the Centre’s Director at dmohan@jgu.edu.in 

Research Analyst

Any individual interested in being part of the Centre who may not be officially associated with the University can apply for this role. The roles and responsibilities of a Research Analyst may be the same to that of a Research Assistant. Considering the applicant’s work experience and academic qualifications, the Centre’s Executive Team will notify the selected individual about the terms and conditions of an Analyst’s role and responsibilities (including stipend details-if applicable).   

For applications/queries: All interested individuals may email their expression of interest/queries with a copy of their CV to the Centre’s Executive Director at dmohan@jgu.edu.in

Senior Research Assistant

Research Assistants/Analysts who have been associated with the Centre for a considerable duration of time (at least for two semesters or more) and may express interest to continue their association with CNES can be considered for promotion to the role of a Senior Research Assistant/Analyst. In capacity of a senior role, students or young scholars will work on Centre-initiated research projects which includes students designing their own project proposals, in close coordination with the Executive team while administering other responsibilities. All Senior Research Assistants/Analysts will be paid a stipend amount for the research work contributed towards the end of the semester or the research project (whichever is earlier). 

Important: For all of the above roles (i.e. Research Assistant, Research Analyst and Senior Research Assistant), a Letter of Appreciation shall be issued to each individual after she/he completes her/his association with the Centre. The issued Letter will acknowledge details of all administrative responsibilities and research contributions made by Assistants/Analysts during their term with the Centre.


Student Research Working Papers

Vasco Alberto Banze

Role of Foreign Direct Investment and Its Impact on Small Scale Enterprises in Mozambique.


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including Mozambique provides a significant business opportunity to stimulate the local economy by including local small scale and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their supply chain. In light of this spirit, the main purpose of the present paper is to understand the role of FDI and its impact on small scale enterprises in Mozambique. The paper evaluates the linkage between FDI and SMEs through mega-projects (MOZAL, SASOL and VALE) operating in the country and highlighted that, on one hand, these megaprojects are capital-intensive, they use a sophisticated technology and they require suppliers with high skills in terms of technique and quality; on the other hand, it was understood that the domestic SMEs are facing structural problems characterized by financial problems, deficiencies in the production process (obsolete technology) and poor international standards of business. As a result of the limitation of domestic suppliers, the mega-projects are more favorable to deal with foreign firms which present good skills and standards to engage with Multinational Corporations (MNCs) than domestic SMEs. Therefore, the study does not find optimal linkage between mega-projects and domestic small scale enterprises, observing that FDI in Mozambique has negative impact on domestic SMEs, but positive impact on foreign firms, and therefore recommends that it is an opportunity for the domestic SMEs to learn from foreign SMEs through joint-venture or partnership. In this sense, I recommend in the study that the government should play more roles to empower SMEs in building their capacity and competitiveness and also in facilitating the linkages between FDI and SMEs. 

Complete Paper: PDF 

Jefferson Togba 

Regional Trade and Investment In Africa: The Case of ECOWAS and SADC 


Fundamentally of almost all regional economic community’s formation has been aimed at improving the economies for any region. Even though regional economic community principle objectives in contributing to growth and development were identified by the Organization of African Unity now African Union, its relevance in Africa has never been clearly outlined. The theoretical context of regional trade and investment is scrutinized in my paper to bring out the importance of regional integration to ECOWAS and SADC. This paper mainly analyses the process, stride and approaches of ECOWAS and SADC in Africa while evaluating the performance of these regions using different variables. Africa’s two regional bodies are compared but through the lens of selected countries identified as critical for Africa. The study concludes that regional groups like ECOWAS and SADC should be part of a common strategy toward Africa’s development and growth as the benefits of ECOWAS and SADC make it imperative for them to remain one of the central pillars of the Africa development agenda. 

Complete Paper:PDF 

P. Samuel 

Looking Beyond Tariff and non-Tariff Barriers to Enhance Intra-African Trade: A Focus on ECOWAS and EAC 


This paper uses the simple linear regression model to establish correlation between tariff and intra-bloc trade, manufacturing value added and intra-bloc trade, and agricultural value added and intra-bloc trade within ECOWAS and EAC. The results show that increase in manufacturing value added as percentage of GDP is likely to enhance intra-bloc trade in ECOWAS and an increase in agricultural value added as percentage of GDP is likely to work better for EAC. The results also show very weak relationship between tariff and intra-regional trade in both regions. The research further uses economic analysis to establish that although border posts and checkpoints are impediments to intra trade within both region, their impacts have been observed to be limited compared to what one could expect. The paper then argues that since manufacturing value added is the bedrock for intra-trade in ECOWAS, the region should rethink its growing trade pattern with China. In this regard, instead of focusing squarely on importation of cheap Chinese consumer goods, policy makers should focus more on strategy that aim at importing capital goods that could contribute to Africa manufacturing sector development. With respect to EAC, the paper maintains that since increasing the share of agricultural value added is likely to enhance intra-trade, policy makers should focus more on improving agricultural productivity. The paper then conclude that since ECOWAS potential is in manufacturing value added and EAC potential mainly lied in agricultural value added, David Ricardo theory of comparative and absolute advantage would work better in terms of trade collaboration between the two regions. 

Complete Paper: PDF 

Faith Lorpe 

Aid for Trade: Analyzing the impact/effectiveness of the Initiative in Africa. The case of Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire 


 This dissertation seeks to investigate the impact of the aid for trade initiative in Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire. In order to do this, a correlation and regression analysis was carried out, additionally a performance evaluation of the aid receiving sectors were carried out, in comparison with a before and after analysis of both countries exports and related parameters of the World Bank doing business report. Given that the both countries formed part of the developing countries of Africa, and constituting a great percentage of the continent total exports (Oil and Coffee). Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa and has also been one of the key beneficiaries of the initiative over the years. Cote D’Ivoire on the other hand who had suffered from a civil crisis in 2002, have shockingly recovered quickly with rapid economy expansion has also been a key beneficiary. Although the correlation and regression analysis shows that there exist a possible relationship between aid and trade, but how have effective has the initiative been in achieving its aims in these two big exporters of Africa? 

Complete Paper: PDF

Richa Sekhani

Richa Sekhani

Senior Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)

CNES richasekhani@gmail.com

Shivani Agarwal

Shivani Agarwal

Senior Research Analyst, CNES)

CNES shivaniagarwal136@gmail.com

Swasti Ray

Swasti Ray

Senior Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Prithviraj Khanna

Prithviraj Khanna

Senior Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Tarini Mehtani

Tarini Mehtani

Senior Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Madhav Grover

Madhav Grover

Senior Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Sakshi Tokas

Sakshi Tokas

Senior Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Mansi Singh

Mansi Singh

Senior Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Niharika Yadav

Niharika Yadav

Senior Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
kensiya kennedy

kensiya kennedy

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Debasmita Nayak

Debasmita Nayak

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Sanskrita Tripathi

Sanskrita Tripathi

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Shrrijiet Roychowdhary

Shrrijiet Roychowdhary

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Sahil Philip

Sahil Philip

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Abhinav Saggar

Abhinav Saggar

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Samarth Gupta

Samarth Gupta

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Shivangi Goel

Shivangi Goel

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Abhinav Padmanabhan

Abhinav Padmanabhan

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Abhay Almal

Abhay Almal

Senior Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Abhinav Saggar

Abhinav Saggar

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Advaita Singh

Advaita Singh

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Divyansh Singh Parihar

Divyansh Singh Parihar

Research Assistant, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Prerna Vij

Prerna Vij

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Snehal Sreedhar

Snehal Sreedhar

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Vanshika Mittal

Vanshika Mittal

Research Analyst, Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES)
Shivkrit Rai

Shivkrit Rai

Senior Research Analyst, CNES