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Dinesh Kumar Nayak


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Dinesh Kumar Nayak is an economist currently associated with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in New Delhi. He has earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Prior to his doctorate, he completed his M.Phil. in Economics from the same institution and holds an M.A. in Economics from Sambalpur University in Odisha, India.

Dr. Nayak has held the position of Economist at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy since February 2016, following his role as a Research Associate at JNU from April 2011 to January 2016. His research has been extensive and impactful, with ongoing projects including assessments of public expenditure and financial accountability, analysis of state-level tax and non-tax revenues, and examinations of economic and social performance differences among Indian states.

His completed research projects span a variety of topics, such as state finances in India, quarterly reports on the Indian economy, public financial management, and the impact of conditional cash transfers on health interventions. Dr. Nayak has also contributed significantly to the study of employment generation, financial globalization, agrarian transitions, and rural development.

Dr. Nayak has authored numerous analytical reports, media reports, policy briefs, working papers, journal articles, and book chapters, reflecting his deep engagement with economic issues and policy analysis. He has presented his research at various international conferences and has been active in public talks and teaching activities, sharing his expertise on state finances, economic policies, and fiscal management.

He is a member of several professional societies, including the International Institute of Public Finance and the Indian Econometric Society, and has received travel grants and fellowships for his scholarly contributions. In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Nayak is involved in advisory activities and has served as a co-coordinator and discussant at various seminars and conferences. His service to the scientific community includes reviewing for esteemed journals and participating in workshops and orientation programs.

Dr. Nayak can be contacted through his emails and, as well as by phone at +91 9650 86 9214 or through the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy at 26569303, extension 133.

Research areas

Public Finance database for research and evidence generation; Macro-fiscal Model

Current research

Public Policy and Impact Evaluation, Issues related to Union and State Finances


Recent publications

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