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Dr Kaustuva Barik is Professor of Economics at Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi ( He holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Sambalpur University and Ph.D. from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi  [[]]. During an academic career spanning 20 years he has two books to his credit: ‘Paper Industry in India: Production Structure and Productivity Growth’ (author) and ‘From Statism to Neo-Liberalism: The Development Process in India’ (co-editor), apart from papers in books and journals, including Economic and Political Weekly, and Environmental and Resource Economics; articles in the Alternative Economic Survey; and research papers presented at national and international conferences.

He has been a visiting scholar at Maison des sciences de l’homme (MSH) Paris, and guest faculty at IIT, Delhi, and Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His areas of interest include Industrial Economics, Environmental Economics and Applied Econometrics. Dr. Barik is the Programme Coordinator of M.A. (Economics) at IGNOU and Course Coordinator of four courses: Basic Econometrics (M.Phil.), Macroeconomic Analysis (M.A.), Econometric Methods (M.A.) and Elementary Statistical Methods and Survey Techniques (B.A.).