Vikram Pathania is a lecturer in economics at the University of Sussex. He received his Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Sussex, he was a research fellow at the London School of Economics, where he taught masters and undergraduate courses in microeconomics and strategy. He also has a B.Tech. degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
He has diverse work experience spanning stints in UN agencies, investment banking, and consulting. He has worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and at the World Bank/IFC in Washington DC. He has also worked as a fixed income derivatives trader for UBS in London, and in economic consulting for Cornerstone Research in San Francisco. Whilst at the WHO, he published in major medical and public health journals such as JAMA and Lancet. He now publishes regularly in leading economics journals. His work has received coverage in several media outlets including the BBC, NY Times, LA Times, Bloomberg and many others. His current research interest is applied microeconomics with a focus on empirical analyses in health, development, and public policy.
The Chhattisgarh experience and the National Food Security Act
20 Apr 2015
Many of the reforms introduced under the National Food Security Act are modeled on PDS reforms implemented in Chhattisgarh. These reforms are widely believed to be responsible for the state’s success in improving the distribution of food grains through PDS. However, this column shows that Chhattisgarh’s success pre-dates most of the reforms on which the Act is modeled.
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