Rajesh Ramachandran
Goethe University
Rajesh Ramachandran graduated in Economics from Delhi University and obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Since June 2013 he is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Economics, Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Rajesh Ramachandran is currently working on the project AFRASO (Africa's Asian Options) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). His main area of research is at the intersection of development economics and its political economy. His principal interests are language policy and economics of discrimination, with a focus on the role of language choices and discrimination in affecting human capital outcomes in society.

Articles By Rajesh Ramachandran
Language and development
Posted On: 05 Jul 2017

Language choice is central to organisation of society, transmission of knowledge, and interpersonal communication, and hence, has implications for socioeconomic inequality. This column examines the consequences of language policies on developmental outcomes in post-colonial States.
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Backward or dominant? Political economy of demand for caste-based quotas
Posted On: 30 Jun 2017

Topics:   Caste

Jats in Haryana have been demanding reservation under the ‘Other Backward Classes’ category. This column analyses socioeconomic data for three castes – Jats in Haryana, Patels in Gujarat, and Marathas in Maharashtra - in relation to other broad caste groups in their respective states, in order to examine the validity of their claim to ‘backwardness’.
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How backward are ‘Other Backward Classes’ in India?
Posted On: 04 Dec 2013

Since reservations were provided in government bodies for lower castes in the early 90s, ‘Other Backward Classes’ have been an important force in Indian politics at all levels. Has there been a corresponding change in traditional economic hierarchies? This column finds significant gaps in the standard of living between OBCs and higher castes. However, there is evidence of catch-up among younger people.
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