Shashanka Bhide is currently Senior Research Counsellor at NCAER, New Delhi. Trained as an agricultural economist he has worked in a variety of applied economics areas, ranging from macroeconomic modelling, forecasting and poverty analysis to infrastructure development and agriculture. He received his Ph. D in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, US, M.Sc from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and B.Sc from University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. He has published in academic journals, co-authored a book on an econometric model for India and two books on India’s state economies.