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Atul Mehta is a member of Economics & Public Policy area at IIM Shillong. He holds M.A. degree in Economics from Devi Ahilya University Indore and a Doctorate in Economics from IIM Indore. His teaching interests include Macroeconomics, Monetary economics, Indian economy, International economics, and Development finance. His research interests are in the domain of financial sector development, inclusive finance, poverty and inequality, elementary education, and healthcare management. He has presented his research at several national and international conferences in India and abroad and has also published in refereed journals.

Prior to join IIM Shillong, he was associated with SRM University in Delhi-NCR and Chennai campus. He also has experience in economic policy-oriented research with National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi and Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur. He has worked on several projects concerning various rural and urban developmental and healthcare issues in India.

  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2020). Channels of financial sector development and the inequality widening (narrowing) hypothesis –evidence from India. Journal of Financial Economic Policy (Emerald Pub.)
  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2019). What discriminates the welfare outcomes of children in India. A multiple discriminant analysis in selected states. Theoretical and Applied Economics, 26(2).
  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2018). Financial sector development and the poor in developing countries: revisiting the access to finance channel. Theoretical and Applied Economics, 3(616).
  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2017). What works best for the poor in rural India – Poverty-lending approach or financial systems approach?. South Asia Economic Journal, 18(2), 1-16. (Sage Pub.)
  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2017) Channels of financial sector development and rural-urban consumption inequality in India. International Journal of Social Economics, 44(12), 1973-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-05-2015-0117 (Emerald Pub.)
  • Mehta, A., & Bhattacharya, J. (2016). The Role of Household-level Characteristics in Predicting the Unbanked in Rural India: A Comparison of Eastern and Western Regions. The IUP Journal of Applied Economics, 15(4), 48-73.
  • Sinha, A., & Mehta, A. (2014). Causal Analysis of India’s Energy-led Growth and CO2 Emission (1960-2010). Indian Journal of Economics & Business, 3(1), 81-89.
  • Mehta, A., & Sinha, A. (2011). Net Elasticity: A thought beyond ceteris paribus. Management Canvas, IIM Indore.
  • Parida, P.C., & Mehta, A. (2009). Public Finance. Quarterly Review of the Economy, NCAER, New Delhi.
  • Parida, P.C., & Mehta, A. (2009). Public Finance. Quarterly Review of the Economy, NCAER, New Delhi.
  • Parida, P.C., & Mehta, A. (2008). India’s balance of payments in 2008-09. Macrotrack, NCAER, New Delhi.
  • Secured First position in M.A. (Economics) with First class and Distinction.
  • Received the Best Paper Award for paper titled “Direct Financial Intermediation and Poor in Rural India – Micro Credit Under Self-help Group Bank Linkage Programme” presented at the Great Lakes –Union Bank 5th Annual Finance Conference by Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai on January 27, 2015.
  • Received full scholarship from Central Bank of Sri Lanka to present a paper titled “What form of Financial Development Works Best for Poor in Rural India?” at the 8th International Research Conference on December 7, 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His paper was one of the eight papers selected for presentation from submissions received across countries.