Dr. Shamika Ravi, a renowned economist, is a non-resident senior fellow in the Governance Studies Program at Brookings India, a branch of a think tank based in Washington DC. Previously, he has served as a member of the Economic Advisory Council of India from 2017 to 2019. As an economics expert, Ravi writes magazines for many major newspapers. His research work has been published and mentioned in many prominent international newspapers including BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times and most of the national and local Indian newspapers and magazines.
Shamika Ravi was born on January 2 in Patna, Bihar. He studied in Patna until class 10 and then moved to Delhi in 1991 to pursue higher education. He completed his secondary education in 1993 at the Delhi Public School (DPS), RK Puram, New Delhi. Later, he obtained a BA in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi in 1996, followed by an MA in Economics at Delhi School of Economics in 1998. Later, in 1999, he moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. . in Economics from New York University, which he completed in 2005 and then returned to India.
Height (approx.): 5 ′ 3 ″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family and caste
She is married to Mudit Kapoor, Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Statistics.
The couple have two children, Kabir and Shaan.
After earning a Ph.D. in Economics, Shamika Ravi worked as a permanent professor of Economics for 10 years (from 2005 to 2015) at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and then continued to work as a visiting professor for the institute for the following years. lecturing on Game Theory and Microfinance.
In 2015, she joined Brookings India (now the Center for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP), an independent public policy institution based in India) as the Director of its Research Department and as a Senior Fellow for Governance Studies. Here’s a video of Shamika Ravi delivering a speech on using technology to strengthen democracy at a Brookings India Development Seminar held in 2017.
In November 2017, she was appointed as a part-time member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, a non-constitutional, non-permanent and autonomous body created to provide economic guidance to the Government of India, especially the Prime Minister. While in office, he expressed concern about the structural slowdown in the Indian economy and advocated for major economic reforms. In September 2019, she was expelled from the council.
On May 25, 2020, an article written by economist Shamika Ravi titled ‘A Pandemic Prescription’ appeared in the print and online edition of The Indian Express. After the article was published, Ravi was accused of replicating, in the article, a part of the data collected and analyzed by fellow economist Karthik Muralidharan without acknowledging it at all. When the news broke on May 27, The Indian Express removed the article from its website. Shamika also apologized for mentioning verbatim quotes from Karthik Murlidharam in her article and assured people that she would not repeat it. The controversy grew larger when on May 29, 2020, the Indian School of Business (ISB) took to Twitter to distance itself from Shamika by mentioning that Ravi was not a permanent faculty at the institute, but rather an adjunct faculty. who had taught some of their programs. The ISB also asked Shamika to delete “ISB teacher” from her Twitter account biography.
ISB would like to clarify that Dr. Shamika Ravi is not a permanent faculty member at ISB. She is an adjunct faculty member who has taught in some of our ISB programs. @IndianExpress he recently withdrew Dr. Ravi’s newspaper article “A recipe for a pandemic.” dated May 25.
– ISB (@ISBedu) May 29, 2020
The reason given was that the article did not meet daily standards of professional integrity. Since then, Dr. Ravi has publicly apologized for the plagiarism using her Twitter account.
– ISB (@ISBedu) May 29, 2020
In response to ISB’s claims, Ravi took to Twitter and gave an explanation on the history of his association with ISB. He also criticized the institute for what he described as the institute’s ‘intimidation tactics’.
1) I am not an adjunct professor, but a visiting professor. @ISBedu. He was a permanent teacher from 2005-15. I have taught too many courses to complete in 16 years.
2) I made a public apology LONG before IE did anything.
3) I have not heard from the ISB leadership.
4) Grow up, don’t be intimidated. https://t.co/M1dFAtkjZV
– Professor Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) May 29, 2020
Facts / Trivia
Shamika is a multilingual person who is fluent in English, Hindi and Malayalam.
He is interested in policy analysis, data analysis, strategy development, project management, and international relations.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shamika Ravi helped compile statistics to describe the spread and number of victims of the pandemic. She regularly uses her Twitter account to post simple point graphs and explanations for everything from death rates to active cases, and much more.
COVID death rate per million people:
1) increasing dramatically in Eastern Europe
2) slowly rising in East Asia
3) India = 108.6 (73) pic.twitter.com/6NqAB1U0eZ
– Professor Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) January 5, 2021