Dr. Balakrushna Padhi

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus

Department of Economics and Finance, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani- 333031, Rajasthan. India.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Pilani Campus. I obtained my PhD from CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. I have spent the last five years teaching economics and carrying out research in the field of economics. My research interest includes employment and labour migration, informality; economic growth, and issues related to poverty, inequality and health. Recently, I associated with the NITI Aayog's first study on India’s Booming platform and Gig work.



Ph.D. - Economics (2014-20): Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India

M.Phil. -Applied Economics (2011-13): Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, Kerala (Affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), India

MA - Economics (2008-10): Department of Economics, Sambalpur University, Odisha, India


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Media Coverage

  1. Emerging countries need women-led climate action, The Hindu, 5th September 2023 (With Ishwar)
  2. Women, marriage and labour market participation, The Hindu, 26th October 2023 (With Krishna M. & Simran Jain)
  3. Need for Climate-Smart Agriculture in India, The Hindu, 25th November 2023 (With Ishwar Choudhary)
  4. Trajectory of employment in post-COVID-19 India, Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI), June 30, 2020. (with T. Tripati)
  5. SDG Compliance of Maternal Mortality: A Cause for Concern or Celebration?, The Wire, March 13, 2020. (with U S Mishra)
  6. A drive forward in low gear, slow lane, OrissaPost, April 29, 2020. (with U S Mishra)
  7. Medical care beyond reach, OrissaPost, February 6, 2020. (with Anirudha Barik)
  8. Have Lockdowns Flattened The COVID-19 Curve?, OdishaBytes, May 14, 2020. (with Anirudha Barik)
  9. Population prospect of Odisha, Orissapost, June 16, 2020. (with U S Mishra)
  10. NET needs tightening, OrissaPost, December 23, 2019. (with Santosh Kumar Dash, Kiran Kumar Kakarlapudi)
  11. COVID-19 and Challenges of virtual mode of education in India, Azim Premji University-University Practice Connect portal, September 18, 2020. (with Lalhriatchiani)
  12. Budgeting of Sustainable Development Goals in Odisha, Azim Premji University-University Practice Connect portal, April 22, 2021. (with US Mishra)
  13. Knowledge and Skill based Employment Challenge in India. Employment News, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GOI, May 14, 2022. (With Himja)
  14. Divergence in Wealth across regions. OrissaPost, June 26, 2022 (With US Mishra)