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Professor (Dr.) Amita Batra is Professor of Economics in the Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Previously, she Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, and prior to that, Reader, University of Delhi.

Prof Batra was the first holder of the ICCR Professorial Chair in Contemporary Indian Studies at the Centre for South Asian Studies & Edinburgh-India Institute, University of Edinburgh (January-May 2013). In 2008, Prof Batra was Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad, where she taught a course on ‘International Economic and Political Environment’. She has worked extensively in the area of regional trade and economic integration with a special focus on Asia.

Her most recent Book on the subject is titled ‘Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: Trapped in Conflict?’ (London: Routledge, 2013).  She also has to her credit two other books – Preferential Trading Agreements in Asia: Towards an Asian Economic Community (ed), 2008 and India and the Asian Corridor (Co-authored, 2007) – and several research papers published in national and international refereed and other journals, books etc. She has also worked as consultant on research assignments including for the Sigur Centre for Asian Studies, George Washington University, Washington DC; Samsung Economic Research Institute, Seoul, Korea; and the World Bank’s New Delhi Office, among others. Prof Batra is M.A., M.Phil., Ph. D. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.

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Amita Batra
Professor of Economics, Centre for South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

19th Party Congress: Understanding the Economics in Xi’s SpeechIPCS Commentary, No. 5385, 30 October 2017

India's Trade OptionsIPCS Commentary, No. 5370, 28 September 2017

Pakistan’s Economy: Significance of MSCI Elevation and FTSE InclusionIPCS Commentary, No. 5248, 20 March 2017

Trump's Trade Scenarios: Implications for IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 5181, 15 November 2016

G20 Summit 2016: A Lost Opportunity?IPCS Commentary, No. 5131, 19 September 2016

GST: Facilitating India’s Domestic, Regional and Global IntegrationIPCS Commentary, No. 5105, 16 August 2016

Brexit Consequences: Complexities and UncertaintiesIPCS Commentary, No. 5082, 13 July 2016

Changing Regional Contours and Imperatives for IndiaIPCS Commentary, No. 5057, 13 June 2016

India and the APECIPCS Commentary, No. 4834, 13 February 2015

IPCS Forecast: South Asian Regional IntegrationIPCS Commentary, No. 4803, 12 January 2015

South Asia: Rupee Regionalisation and Intra-regional Trade EnhancementIPCS Commentary, No. 4784, 23 December 2014

18th SAARC Summit: An Economic AgendaIPCS Commentary, No. 4734, 11 November 2014

Regional Economic Architecture: Is India Ready?IPCS Commentary, No. 4704, 20 October 2014

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