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Rajeswari Sengupta
IGIDR
rajeswari@igidr.ac.in
Dr. Rajeswari Sengupta is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, India. In the past she has held research positions at the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in Chennai, the Reserve Bank of India, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Washington D.C. She was a member of the research secretariat for the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC) that recommended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code for India. Her research focuses on policy-relevant, macro-financial issues of emerging market economies in general and India in particular in the fields of international finance, open economy macroeconomics, monetary policy and financial markets and regulations. She is currently working on several issues pertaining to the Indian economy such as inflation targeting, monetary policy transmission, capital controls and capital flows, GDP measurement issues, financial stress in the corporate and banking sectors, and firm financing. She has published in reputed international journals such as Economic Policy, The Journal of International Money and Finance, The World Economy, Emerging Markets Review, International Review of Economics and Finance, Pacific Economic Review, Open Economies Review as well as the Economic and Political Weekly in India. Dr. Sengupta completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). She holds two previous degrees in Economics from India, a Bachelors degree from Presidency College, Calcutta and a Masters from Delhi School of Economics. Details of her work can be found here.

Articles By Rajeswari Sengupta
Will demonetisation lead to a protracted economic slowdown?
Posted On: 15 Dec 2016


In this article, Pandey and Sengupta argue that the impact of the contractionary demand shock triggered by the note ban will gradually radiate from cash-intensive activities to virtually every sector of the economy.
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GDP conundrum: Is India booming?
Posted On: 16 Nov 2016

Topics:   Economic Growth
Tags:   GDP , data

Rajeswari Sengupta, Assistant Professor at IGIDR, points out that the methodology used for the new GDP series seems to be underestimating the GDP deflator, which in turn is causing real growth to be overstated, perhaps by as much as 2 percentage points.

This is the second of a four-part series.

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A macro view of India’s currency ban
Posted On: 15 Nov 2016


The recent ban on high-value currency notes has taken the country by storm. While much is being written about the pros and cons of this announcement in terms of the effect on black money, logistical costs, and the immediate inconvenience faced by the public, there is little or no discourse on the macroeconomic implications. In this article, Rajeswari Sengupta, Assistant Professor of Economics at IGIDR, discusses the impact of this move on money supply, output and prices, in the short- and medium-term.
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Inflation targeting: A long way to go
Posted On: 18 Jul 2016


The Finance Bill, 2016, amended the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934, to define inflation targeting as the primary objective of the central bank. In this article, Rajeswari Sengupta, Assistant Professor at IGIDR, contends that to actually become an inflation-targeting central bank, RBI will need to undertake a series of reforms to build institutional capabilities and improve the monetary policy transmission mechanism.
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The nuances of inflation targeting in India
Posted On: 16 Mar 2015


How prepared is India for inflation targeting? This column suggests that the larger weight assigned by the RBI to tackling inflation over the years, relative to other policy objectives such as stabilising exchange rates, places it in a good position to make the transition to the new regime. However, limited control over supply shocks that impact inflation might continue to pose a challenge. Greater coordination between fiscal and monetary policy would improve the efficacy of inflation targeting.
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Corporate debt market in India: Issues and challenges
Posted On: 19 May 2014

Topics:   Finance
Tags:   credit

While it is true that the Indian corporate debt market has transformed itself into a much more vibrant trading field for debt instruments from the elementary market that it was about a decade ago, there is still a long way to go. This column systematically lays down the issues and challenges facing the corporate debt market in India.
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Exchange rate movements and Indian firms’ exports
Posted On: 01 Nov 2013


Understanding the effects of exchange-rate changes on a country’s trade balance calls for an analysis of how exchange-rate fluctuations affect the decisions of individual firms. This column explores the effects of changes in the exchange rate on the share of exports of Indian non-financial sector firms.
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The challenges of opening up India’s capital account
Posted On: 15 May 2013


A key objective for any open economy is to avoid a financial or balance of payments crisis – a goal that often calls for trade-offs between liberalisation and maintaining control of the economy. This column explores the trade offs India has made.
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Understanding India’s monetary policy
Posted On: 21 Dec 2012


From the outside looking in, it may seem that India’s central bank is making up its own rules, making it difficult to predict the next movements in the interest rate. This column argues that the central bank is in fact following a rule, you just have to look hard enough.
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