Dr. Biplab Sarkar

Associate Professor

Dr. Biplab Sarkar has an economics degree from the University of North Bengal, Darjeeling. He, later on, completed his Ph.D. from the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore. As a teacher, he has taught courses like statistics, applied econometrics, R-programming, predictive analytics, research methodology, micro and macroeconomics for M.Sc. (Applied Economics) and MBA students. His primary research area is at the intersection between policy and development economics. He has presented his research work in national and international conferences including the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE) Conference at the Federal University of Santa Catarina(UFSC), Florianopolis, Brazil, and the Association for Regional Agriculture and Forestry Economics (ARAE) conference at the Okayama University, Japan. He has also served as a consultant to the Foundation for Agrarian Studies (FAS), M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), and World Food Programme (WFP), leading organizations facilitate research on rural and development issues.

Management Studies

Qualification
Qualification Institution Year
Ph.D. (Economics) Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore 2017
Post-Graduation (Economics) University of North Bengal, Darjeeling 2004
Graduation (Economics) University of North Bengal, Darjeeling 2002
Responsibilities
  • Research Coordinator
  • Member in Doctoral Committee (1) and Dissertation Committee at PES University
  • Member in Departmental Curriculum Committee (DCC)
  • Club Coordinator – Business Analytics

Expertise / list of subjects handled
  • R-Programming Foundation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Managerial Economics
Research Interest
  • Public Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Discrimination
  • Applied Econometrics

Research Guidance
  • Guiding one Ph.D. student and fifteen post-graduate students at PES University
Books
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2017), Cropping Pattern, Yields and Crop Incomes: Findings from Three Villages Surveyed in Karnataka, in MadhuraSwaminathan and Arindam Das (eds.), Socio-Economic Surveys of Three Villages in Karnataka: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi.
  • Athreya, Venkatesh, Kumar, Deepak, Ramakumar, R., and Sarkar, Biplab (2017), Small Farmers and Small Farming: A Definition, in MadhuraSwaminathan and SandipanBakshi (eds.), How Do Small Farmers Fare? Evidence from Village Studies in India, Tulika Books, New Delhi.
  • Das, Arindam, Singh Modak, Tapas, Sarkar, Biplab, and Swaminathan, Madhura (2017), Costs and Prices, in MadhuraSwaminathan and SandipanBakshi (eds.), How Do Small Farmers Fare? Evidence from Village Studies in India, Tulika Books, New Delhi.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), “Productivity and Income Levels of Small Holders in India”, a background paper for the report prepared by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) for assisting World Food Programme (WFP) in achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC).
  • Usami, Yoshifumi, Sarkar, Biplab and Ramachandran, V K (2010), “Are the Results of the BPL Census of 2002 Reliable?”, in the proceedings of International Conference on Environment, Agriculture and Socio-economic Change in Rural India, Kyngpook National University and University of Tokyo, Daegu, Republic of Korea
  • Sarkar, Biplab and Swaminathan, Madhura (2010), “Is Agricultural Profitable”, in V. K. Ramachndran, Vikas Rawal, Madhura Swaminathan (eds.) Socio-economic Surveys of Three Villages in Andhra Pradesh: A Study of Agrarian Relations, Tulika Books, New Delhi.

Conferences
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2019), Price Support and Access to MSPs in Indian Agriculture, in the seminar on Indian Agriculture: Policy Shifts and Emerging Challenges, organised by the NABARD Chair Professor Unit, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, June 20-22, 2019.
  • Sarkar, Biplab and Johnson, Deepak (2019), Estimation of Components of Cost of Cultivation: A2 Concept and Methodology, in the conference on Official Data and Statistics on Wage and Employment with Special Reference to Rural Women, organised by the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, January 25-26, 2019.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2018), Concept, Structure, and Analysis of NSS Data, an invited talk as a resource person at the one-day workshop, Department of Economics, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling on April 12, 2018.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2018), Vulnerability of Small Farmers in Product Market: A Situation Analysis, an invited talk at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, April 2, 2018.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2018), Vulnerability of Small Farmers in Product Market: Insights from Village Studies, a paper presented in the International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economics (ICAEE), organized by TERI University in collaboration with Syracuse University, New York State, South Asia Centre, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, New York, and Emerald Publishing, United Kingdom, January 3-4, 2018.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2017), Risks in Agriculture and Coping with Vulnerability, a paper presented in the 77th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics (ISAE), organized by the Central Agricultural University, Imphal at College of Post Graduate Studies, Umium, Meghalaya from October 12-14, 2017.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2017), An Overview of Structural Equation Modelling using R, a topic discussed in a faculty development programme organized by the Department of Management Studies, PES University at Bangalore, July 19-21, 2017.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2016), The Economics of Household Farming: A Study with Special Reference to West Bengal, paper presented in a meeting organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at Thrissur, Kerala, November 20, 2016.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2016), Income from Crop Production: Insights from Village Data, in a seminar organised by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, March 19, 2016.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), Irrigation Development and its Impact on Farm Business Incomes: Evidence from a Village Surveyed in West Bengal, 2005 to 2015, in the 75th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics at the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, November 19 to 21, 2015
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), Cropping Pattern, Yields and Farm Business Incomes: Some Findings from Surveys of Three Study Villages in West Bengal, in a Symposium on Results from Village Surveys, West Bengal Rounds 1 and 2, organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at Durgapur, West Bengal, September 11 to 13, 2015.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), Incomes from Crop Production in India: Evidence from NSS 70th Round Situation Assessment Survey, at Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore on July 9, 2015.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), Cropping Pattern, Crop Yields and Farm Business Incomes: Some Findings from Surveys of Three Villages in West Bengal, in the workshop to discuss the Results from the West Bengal Round Village Surveys, organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI), Bangalore, April 29, 2015.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), Productivity and Income Levels of Small Holders in India, in an internal consultation to discuss the draft report on Strategic Review of the Food Security and Nutrition Situation in India, organized by M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) at Chennai, January 30, 2015.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2014), Village Scale Nitrogen Cycle in India: based on Agrarian Database, with JunkoShindo, SanjuktaChakroborty, KamalMurari, and T Jayaraman, presented in a meeting of Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, December, 2014.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2014), Cropping Pattern, Crop Yields and Farm Business Incomes: Findings from Three Villages Studied in Karnataka, in the workshop to discuss Results from the Karnataka Round Village Surveys, organised by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at Ecumenical Christian Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore, November 8 to 9, 2014
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2014), Concepts of Family Farming, at Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore on March 14, 2014
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2014), Farm Harvest Price and Cost of Production: A Quantitative Assessment of Agricultural Price Policy in India, in the Tenth Anniversary Conference of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies on Agrarian Issues at Kochi, January 9 to 12, 2014.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2013), Input Use and Cost of Cultivation of Rice: Findings from Village Studies, with Jihei Kaneko, Professor, Kobe University, Japan in the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Regional Agriculture and Forestry Economics at the Okayama University, Japan, October 18 to 20, 2013.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2013), Aspects of the Political Economy of Crop Incomes in India, with V. K. Ramachandran and Madhura Swaminathan, Professor, Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore in the conference on Inequality and World Capitalism: Analysis, Policy and Action, organized by the Eighth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy in collaboration with the Brazilian Society of Political Economy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brazil, May 23 to 26, 2013.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2012), Cropping Pattern, Yield and Farm Business Incomes, with Vikas Rawal, Associate Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the workshop on Results from Rajasthan Village Surveys, organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies in collaboration with Department of Sociology, Rajasthan University at Jaipur, March 3 to 5, 2012.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2011), Household Indebtedness, with Madhura Swaminathan, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute in the workshop on Consultation on Results from Maharashtra Village Surveys, organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies & Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) at Mumbai, October 8 and 9, 2011.
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2011), Crop Production and Farm Business Incomes, with Vikas Rawal, Associate Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the workshop on Results from Uttar Pradesh Village Surveys, organized by the Foundation for Agrarian Studies at Kolkata, August 9 and 10, 2011.

Journals
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2017), "The Situation Assessment Surveys: An Evaluation," Review of Agrarian Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, available at http://ras.org.in/eaa3e4614a54ad9733b3d6caf96c7447
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2017), "Household Crop Incomes among Small Farmers: A Study of Three Villages in West Bengal," Review of Agrarian Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, available at http://ras.org.in/e424ef9ced8f570ae56499cbd9088aba
  • Sarkar, Biplab (2015), “Irrigation Development and its Impact on Farm Business Incomes: Evidence from a Village Surveyed in West Bengal, 2005 to 2014”, a summary version of the paper published in Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 70, Issue 3.
  • Sarkar, Biplab, Ramachandran, V K and Swaminathan, Madhura (2014), “Aspects of the Political Economy of Crop Incomes in India”, World Review of Political Economy, Vol. 5, No. 3.

Others
  • Newspaper article: Ramachandran, V K, Usami, Yoshifumi and Sarkar, Biplab (2010), “Lessons from BPL Censuses”, The Hindu, April 20.