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Dr. R. Srinivasan, M. A. (Economics), M.Phil (Public Economics), Ph.D (Public Economics)

Reader in Econometrics, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai 600010.

Part Time Member, State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.                             

Email: seenu242@gmail.com

Permanent Address: B9, Tower Block, No 9, Taylors Road, Kilpuak, Chennai 600 010.  

Areas of interest: Public Economics and Teaching of Economics

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Thesis: "Union Financial Transfers and Horizontal Equity in India", University of Madras, 1997-2000.

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil), Dissertation: "Trend of State Tax Revenue with Special Reference to Union Territory of Pondicherry: 1969-70 to 1984-85", University of Madras, 1986-87.

Master of Arts in Economics, University of Madras, 1983-85


A: Peer reviewed journals and books

Srinivasan, R (2006), "Mind to Market: Business Incubation to Venture Capital", in  V V Ramani (ed) , Business Incubation in India, (Forthcoming),The ICFAI Univeristy Press, Hyderabad, India.

Srinivasan, R (2006), "Effects of State Level VAT: A Conceptual Analysis", in  V V Ramani and Sapna Kapoor, VAT An Indian Experience, The ICFAI Univeristy Press, Hyderabad, India.

Padmini Swaminathan, J Jeyaranjan, R Sreenivasan, K Jayashree (2004), "Tamil Nadu's Midday Meal Scheme: Where Assumed Benefits Score over Hard Data", Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 39, No.40. pp 4811-22.

Ramagopal, N and R.Srinivasan, (2004), "What and How to Teach Undergraduate Economics" in Chakco Jose (ed) Changing Development Paradigm and Teaching of Economics in Undergraduate Courses, Society of Economics Teachers, Trissur, Kerala.

Srinivasan, R (2003), "Equalizing Effect of Union Financial Transfers in India", Madhya Pradesh Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 8, no.1, pp 101-17.

Srinivasan, R (2003), "Political Economy of State VAT and its impact on Pondicherry Economy", Business Review, vol 1, no 1.

Naganathan, M and R.Srinivasan (2002), "Impact of Union Financial Transfers on Revenue Efforts of States in India", Udyog Pragati – The Journal for Practising Managers, vol 26,   no 4, pp 32-38.

Ramachandran, M, D Sambandan and R Srinivasan (2002), "The Discretionary Monetisation of Fiscal Deficit for Fiscal Prudence", Journal of Indian School of Political Economy,  vol XIV, no 1, pp 53-61.

Srinivasan, R (2002), "The State of undergraduate economics courses in Tamilnadu universities", Review of Development and Change, vol VII, no 2, pp 363-87.

Radhakrishnan, L and R.Srinivasan (1999), "Providing Market Orientation to Graduate Courses in Economics", University News – A Weekly Journal of Higher Education, vol 37, no 6, pp 12-14.

B: Other Publications

Srinivasan, R (co-author) (2006) Indian Economy for Standard XI, National Council for Educational Research and Training, Government of India, New Delhi.


Srinivasan, R (co-author) (2004) Economic Theory for Standard XII, Department of Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Srinivasan, R (2002) "Human Development"  in Pondicherry Vision 2020, Government of Pondicherry.

Srinivasan, R (2007) "Book Review - The Political Economy of Federalism in India : By M Govinda Rao and Nirvikar Singh, 2005", IIMB Management Review, vol 19, no.1.

C: Articles in Newspapers and Business Dailies

Srinivasan, R, "Unilateralism and the Finance Commissions"  The Hindu, 03.04.08, P15.

Srinivasan, R, "Equitable access to quality higher education"  The Hindu, 28.02.08, P14.

Vaidhyanathan, Girija, Atul Anand and R Srinivasan "Dimensions of rural poverty in Tamil Nadu",  The Hindu 19.10.07. p12.

Srinivasan, R, "State Finances: A Study of Budgets 2006-07, Are States ready to shoulder increasing responsibility"  The Hindu-Business Line, 10.01.07. p 8.

Srinivasan, R and S. Raja Sethu Durai, "Financial Inclusion and Inclusive Development". The Hindu – Business Line, 01.12.2006. p 8.

Srinivasan, R and S. Raja Sethu Durai, "The State of VAT". The Hindu – Business Line, 19.08.2006. p 8.

Srinivasan, R and J Jeyaranjan, "Economic rationale of Statehood for Pondicherry" The Hindu – Business Line, 11.05.2005 p 09.

Navnit, Aparna and R.Srinivasan, "Power of public-private partnerships", The Hindu – Business Line, 28.04.2005 p 8.

Ramachandran M and R Srinivasan, " Budget and the FRBM Act" The Hindu – Business Review Column, 30.08 2004 p 11.

Srinivasan R and D.Sambandhan, "Educational cess: Feasible alternative" The Hindu – Business Line, 06.07.2004 p 11.

Sambandhan, D and R.Srinivasan, " Tasks before the new government: Invest in real sector, nurse economy" The Hindu – Business Line, 04.06.2004 p 10.

Srinivasan, R and S. Raja Sethu Durai, "Correct the federal fiscal imbalance". The Hindu – Business Line, 09.04.2004 p 8.

Ramagopal, N and R.Srinivasan, " Making economics marketable", The Hindu – Business Line, 16.03.2004 p 9.

Raja Sethu Durai, S and R.Srinivasan, " Declining deficit - GDP ratios: Untold story of numbers", The Hindu – Business Line, 17.02.2004 p 10.

Srinivasan, R and M. Ramachandran, " Fiscal Responsibility: Balanced Provisions of Bill" The Hindu Survey of Indian Industry 2004, pp37-40.

Srinivasan, R and S. Raja Sethu Durai , "Gap-filling approach to grants-in-aid: Proven instrument of equalization transfer", The Hindu – Business Line, 04.12.2003 p 8.

Srinivasan, R, "State VAT: Take measures to counter effects", The Hindu – Business Line, 16.07.2003 p 8.

Ramachandran M, and R Srinivasan, "Monetising Deficit: Key to Fiscal Discipline", The Hindu- Business Line, 10.04 2002, p 10.

Ramachandran M, and R Srinivasan, "Fiscal Policy Through Fiat", The Hindu, 28.02 2002.

M.Naganathan and R.Srinivasan, " Unfair State of Play: Developed states have lost substantially due to the equalization criteria like population and income" The Economics Times, 10.9.2000 p 6.

Sambandhan, D and R.Srinivasan, "Uniform sales tax: A long-overdue move", The Hindu – Business Line, 11.12.1999, p 15.

Srinivasan, R, "Market and the Minimum State" Employment News, 10.05.1997.

Srinivasan, R, "Theory of Federalism" Employment News, 29.6.1996.

Srinivasan, R, "The Economics of Human Capital" Employment News, 5.4.1996.

Srinivasan, R, "The Beginning of Economics", The Hindu-Young World, 05.09.1995.

D: Articles in Tamil

Srinivasan, R, "Why rupee appreciates",   Valar Thozhil November, 2007. p 24-25.

Srinivasan, R, "Poverty alleviation and economic growth",   Dinamani, 08.06.07. p 8.

Srinivasan, R, "Reverse Mortgage",   Dinamani, 02.04.07. p 8.

Srinivasan, R, "Medicine for Inflation",   Dinamani, 05.03.07. p 8.

Srinivasan, R and K. Panjangam (1998), " Women in the backdrop of economy", Tamzharasu – Special Issue on Tamil Literature, pp 174-80.

Sambandhan, D and R. Srinivasan, "Whether Pondicherry needs statehood", Dinamani, October.1998.

E: Papers presented in Conferences/ Seminars

Srinivasan R (2008) 'Mission accomplished: Centralisation of state fiscal powers' in National Conference on Centre-State relations with special reference to Thirteenth Finance Commission, organized by Government of Kerala, Trivandrum, on May 5and 6, 2008.

Srinivasan R (2008) ‘Higher education: access and quality" Special address in National Conference on Higher Education – Equity and Quality, held at Loyola College, Chennai, on 7.02.08.

Vaidhyanathan, Girija, Atul Anand and R Srinivasan (2007) 'Strategy for Poverty Alleviation and Agricultural Growth: The Scheme for Land Distribution and Cluster Formation in Tamil Nadu' in National Level Conference on Human Development, held at IGIDR, Mumbai on 24-26 September, 2007.

Srinivasan R (2007) ‘Curriculum Change for Effective Teaching of Social Sciences" keynote address in Workshop on Effective Teaching of Social Sciences, held at Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore, on 26.06.07.

Srinivasan R (2007) "Economic Freedom, Growth and Inequality" keynote address in seminar on Relevance of Economic Freedom for Development, held on June 20, 2007 at Chennai organized by Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi and TANTIA_FNF Service center, Chennai.

Srinivasan R (2006) " State VAT in Tamil Nadu: Some Issues for Debate", inaugural address in State Level Seminar on State Level VAT in Tamil Nadu, held on December 12, 2006 at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Trinelveli.

Srinivasan R (2006) " Industrial Clusters to counter Globalisation in SSI sector", inaugural address in National Seminar on Globalization and Small and Medium Enterprises Sector: Opportunities and Challenges, held on 16-17, October, 2006 at Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Dindugal District.

Srinivasan R and N Ramagopal, (2005) "The Challenge of Teaching Economics in the Rural Context", in Social Science: Dialogue with Research and activisom, Teaching and Policy' held on Feb 17-19, 2005 at Madras Institutie of Development Studies, Chennai.

Srinivasan R and J Jeyaranjan, (2004) "Statehood for Pondicherry with Special Status: Democratic gains versus economic costs" in Social Security in Penninsular India held on Nov 29-30, 2004 at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai.

Srinivasan R and S. Raja Sethu Durai, (2004) " Superfluous Fiscal Reforms and aggravating fiscal stress: The case of Southern States", in Economic Reforms and Development in Southern States, held on 11.09.04 at Pachaiyappa's College, Kanchipuram.

Chelliah, R J and R. Srinivasan, (2004) " Background Paper" for the Workshop on Structure and Adminstration of Stamp duty and Registration in Southern States, held on 28.02.2004 at Madras School Economics, Chennai.

Ramagopal, N and R.Srinivasan, (2003), " What and How to Teach Undergrduate Economics" in National Seminar on Changing Development Paradigm and Teaching of Economics in Undergraduate Courses held at Sacred Hearts College, Chalakkudi, Kerala.

Srinivasan, R (2002)  "Status of Undergraduate Economics Courses in Tamil Nadu Universities" in a National Symposium on Teaching of Economics held at MIDS, Chennai, on 16th Feb'2002.

Naganathan, M., Jothi Sivanganam and R.Srinivasan (2001) Local Governments in Tamil Nadu" in the National Seminar on Tamil Nadu Economy: Problems and Propects held at University of Madras, Chennai on 1-2 March, 2001.


Srinivasan, R (1996) " Culture and Economy: The status of women in India", in National Seminar on Culture and Science held at Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture, Pondicherry.


F: Lecturers Delivered


"Fiscal federalism and state level fiscal policies in India", RBI Staff College, Chennai, on 06.07.2008.


"Issues before the Thirteenth Finance Commission", School of International Studies, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, March 24, 2008.


"Issues on Financing of Eleventh Five Year Plan", Refresher Course in Economics, Academic Staff College, University of Madras, Chennai, December 17, 2007.


"Process of curriculum development" Lecture Delivered in Workshop on Teaching Techniques and Curriculum Development for Undergraduate Economics Courses, Ethiraj College, Chennai, November 1-6, 2007


"Globalisation and Higher Education in India" Lecture Delivered in Orientation Course for College Lecturers, Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, June 15, 2007.


"Critical Thinking in Economics" and "Experiments and Games in Economics Teaching". Lectures Delivered in Workshop on Teaching Techniques in Economics, Department of Economics, Annamalai University, Chidambaram., May 23-24, 2007.


"Business Incubators and Venture Capital". Guest Lecture Delivered in Cauvery College for Women, Trichy on March 16, 2007.


"VAT in Federal Countries". Guest Lecture Delivered in the National Seminar on VAT, held at New College, Chennai, on February 7, 2007.


"Mind to Market: Role of Venture Capital". Guest Lecture Delivered in the National Convention on Higher Education, held at Ethiraj College, Chennai, on February 9, 2007.


"Teaching Economics through Games and Experiments", Special lecture delivered in the State Level Workshop on Innovative Teaching Methods for Undergraduate Economics courses, held at Fatima College, Madurai on January 22, 2007.


"Globalisation, Tax Reforms and Experience of State VAT in India", Refresher Course in Economics, Academic Staff College, University of Madras, Chennai, October 12, 2005.


"Methods of Teaching Graphical Representation of Economic Theory" and "Experimental Games for Teaching Economics" in Workshop for Higher Secondary School Teachers, organized by Department of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu and sponsored by Elizebeth – Malcolm Adesheshiah Foundation, Chennai, August,29-30, 2005.


"Lectures on Economic Theory" Orientation Programme for Higher Secondary School Teachers, Department of Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, May, 2005.


"FRBM bill and Budget 2004-05", Economics Association, Annamalai University, July, 2004.


"Research Methodology and Thesis Writing", RBI Staff College, Chennai, May., 2004.


"VAT : International and Indian Experience", School of Management Sciences, Pondicherry, March, 2004.


"VAT: International and Indian Experience", Refresher Course in Economics, Annamalai University, November 2003.


"Cost – Benefit Analysis" Refresher Course in Evaluation Techniques in Agricultural Economics, Annamalai University, August 2003.


"State VAT: Some preliminary remarks" M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, April, 2003.


"State VAT: Design and Implementation", Refresher Course in Commerce, Annamalai University, December 2002.


"Financial Derivatives in India" Refresher Course in Economics, Annamalai University, December 2001.


G: Training Programmes


"Training Course in Research Methodology" Institute for Social and Economic Change, Banglore, 1988.


"Orientation Course for College and University teachers" Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 1999.


"Refresher Course in Economics" Academic Staff College, University of Madras, Chennai, 2001.


H: Work Experience


Reader, Department of Econometrics, University of Madras, from 03.04.08 to till date.


Full Time Member, State Planning Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, from 15th June, 2006 to 02.04.08.


Lecturer in Economics, Directorate of Collegiate Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, from October 1998 to june, 2006.


Economist, Tax Reforms and Revenue Augmentation Commission, Government of Tamil Nadu, from August 2002 to June 2003.


Lecturer in Economics, Department of Education, Government of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, from October 1988 to October 1998..


I : Membership in Professional Committees


Member, (non-academia) Board of Studies in Economics (PG) 2007-2010, University of Madras, Chennai.

Member, Academic Council 2007-09, Government Arts College for Men, Nandanam, Chennai.


Member, State Statistical Committee, 2007-08, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.


Member, Board of Studies, (Economics), Meenakshi College for Women, (Autonomous), Chennai, 2006-07.


Member, External Audit Committe, (Academic - Economics), Scared Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur, 2006.


Member, Textbook Development Committee, Directorate of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, 2006


Co-opted Member, Board of Studies, (Economics), University of Madras, 2003.


Member, Board of Studies, (Economics), Scared Heart College (Autonomous), Tirupattur, 2003.

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