Suranjana Nabar-Bhaduri

Lecturer, Keene State College (Keene, New Hampshire)

Former Pardee Center Post-Doctoral Fellow (2011-2013)


Ph.D (Economics) University of Utah.  M.A. (Economics) and B.A. (Economics and Statistics) University of Mumbai, India.


Economic growth, economic development, the international economy, the economy of India.


Suranjana Nabar-Bhaduri is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Bucknell University. She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Pardee Center from 2011 through August 2013 after receiving her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah. In September 2013, she joined the faculty at Keene State College as a Lecturer in Economics.

Her specialization is in the areas of economic growth, development and international economics. Her dissertation titled A Structuralist Approach to Analyzing India’s Productivity, Employment and Export Performance, emphasizes the need to account for sectoral-level dynamics when evaluating the efficacy of structural policy shifts in a developing country. By focusing on the Indian experience in the pre-liberalization and post-liberalization periods, her dissertation shows that following liberalization, a developing economy may continue to experience problems of persistent trade balance deficits, concentrated productivity improvements and concentrated employment growth despite positive trends in aggregate productivity, and a reduced balance of payments constraint. Achieving a sustainable and inclusive path of growth in a developing country therefore requires that policies of liberalization be complemented by active policies to generate quality employment on a large scale; improve the technological efficiency, growth and expansion of industry; and raise productivity in the agricultural sector. Her dissertation also argues that India’s current services-led growth path is fragile and has a limited ability to generate an inclusive development path as it is heavily dependent on external markets, and has been driven by services intensive in skilled labor, while a major part of the Indian labor force remains rural and unskilled.

Nabar-Bhaduri’s current research interests include the development of policies conducive to sustainable and inclusive development; the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and economic development; the development of alternative measures of economic growth and development; factors driving the reduction of the balance of payments constraint in developing countries; human rights in developing countries; gender and environmental aspects of development; and the political economy of international relations.

She taught at the University of Utah, and is a member of the Eastern Economics Association (EEA). She has presented her work at conferences including the EEA and the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT).

Publications and Papers

  • “The Science of Growth and the Growth of Science.” With Dr. Sumit Bhaduri. Current Science, 89 (7), 10 October 2005.
  • “What Lies Beneath: A Case for Disaggregated Analysis in Evaluating Structural Policy Shifts.” International Journal of Political Economy, 40 (1) (Spring 2011).
  • “Inflation.” [book chapter, forthcoming with Dr. Matias Vernengo in Malcolm Sawyer’s Elgar Companion to Radical Political Economics]
  • “No Easy Balancing Act: Reducing the Balance of Payments Constraint; Improving Export Competitiveness and Productivity; and Absorbing Surplus Labor – the Indian Experience.” University of Utah Department of Economics Working Paper Series (2011/12).
  • “Pioneers of Development and the Enigma of India’s Structural Dynamics.”  [Paper from dissertation, presented at  the Eastern Economic Association (EEA) conference in Boston, March 2012].


  • Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Conference, February 2010, Philadelphia. What Lies Beneath: A Case For Disaggregated Analysis in Evaluating Structural Policy Shifts.
  • Eastern Economic Association (EEA) Conference, February 2011, New York City. The Sustainability of India’s Services-Led Growth with Dr. Matias Vernengo.
  • Western Social Sciences Association- Association for Institutional Thought (WSSA-AFIT) Conference, April 2011, Salt Lake City. No Easy Balancing Act: Reducing the Balance of Payments Constraint; Improving Export Competitiveness and Productivity; and Absorbing Surplus Labor- the Indian Experience