AUT - Rahul Sen


Dr Rahul Sen

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5037


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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), National University of Singapore
  • Master of Arts in Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of  Delhi, India
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics, University of Delhi, India

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Advisory Committee Member for the ILO funded project “Improving worker rights in globalising economies: Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements” involving the International Institute for Labour Studies, Employment and Social Development, Canada and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland (till February 2015)

  • Associate Partner, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand

  • Member, Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Purdue University, Indiana, USA

  • Associate Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore

  • Adjunct Fellow, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi, India


Rahul has been working as a Research Fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore from 2003-2007, prior to joining AUT in 2008. He is a recognized expert on economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, particularly related to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), having published papers, articles, books and book chapters on the subject. In recognition of his expertise, his paper on FTAs involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) member countries was included at the 2006 IMF-World Bank Annual Program of Seminars in Singapore.

Rahul’s research findings have been widely cited by researchers working on Asian economic integration. He has also been invited to referee papers for several international journals, such as Economic Record, New Zealand Economic papers, The World Economy and the Southern Economic Journal. His recently published, peer-reviewed journal articles appeared in The World Economy and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (Ranked by the Australian Business Dean’s Council (ABDC) 2013 Economics Journal Rankings).

Rahul is involved in applied general equilibrium modelling of trade policy issues by becoming a member of Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) based in Purdue University, Indiana, USA. He successfully completed the 19th Annual Short Course in Global Economic Analysis in 2011, and is presently working on research projects involving the use of the recently launched multi-country GTAP 8 database. He is also supervising a postgraduate student thesis on Impact assessment of Free Trade Agreements.

Teaching Areas:

Teaching responsibility: Bachelor of Business
  • International Trade Economics
  • Bachelor of Business (Honours) – Dissertation/Thesis supervisor

Teaching responsibility: Postgraduate
  • International Trade Theory and Policy (Master of Business programme)
  • International Trade for Business (MBA programme)
  • Master of Business –Dissertation/Thesis supervisor

Research areas:

  • International Trade Theory and Policy

  • Asian Economic Integration

  • India and the Global economy

Research Summary:

Rahul is involved in analyzing the effects of economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, particularly related to Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). His latest co-authored paper on this subject was presented at the 42nd Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) Annual conference at Murdoch University in Perth in 2013. He has published a co-authored article with an LSE academic in 2011 on the future of Trade Policy in Southeast Asia.

In 2011, Rahul became an associate partner of the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) an open regional network composed of leading trade research institutions across the UNESCAP region, and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, and has recently finished a co-authored research paper on India’s prospects of joining the Asian International Production Networks in manufacturing. Future research includes empirical investigation on the importance of distance and regional factors using the Gravity model. The impact of New Zealand’s trade agreements and that of its trading partners in Asia will of particular research interest.

Current Research Projects:

  • Rahul Sen and Badri Narayanan G. Integrating India into global production networks through RTAs and productivity gains: The case of the Auto-Parts Industry.

  • Don Webber, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Trade Creation and Trade Diversion in ASEAN+6 PTAs.

  • Gouranga Gopal Das, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Regional Integration Schemes and Scope of Technological and Economic Cooperation for inducing economic growth: A North-South Perspective.

  • M.A.B Siddique and Rahul Sen. A comparative analysis of Thailand’s FTAs with Australia and New Zealand.

  • Saten Kumar, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. Financial constraints of Indian firms and the impact of the crisis: An analysis of regional, ownership, and location factors.


  1.  Kumar, S., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2014). Does economic integration stimulate capital mobility? An analysis of four regional economic communities in Africa. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 29, 33-50.

  2. Sen, R., Srivastava, S., & Pacheco, G. (2013). The Early Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements on Intra-Regional Trade Within ASEAN+ 6 Members. Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (JSEAE), 30(3), 237-249.

  3. Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2012). Asia's international production networks: Will India be the next assembly centre? (No. 118). ARTNeT Working Paper Series. Bangkok, UNESCAP. Available from

  4. Asher M.G and R. Sen (2011). India-New Zealand PTA: Broaden it for Balanced Gains, East Asia Forum, April 1, available online at

  5. Sen, R. & Sally, R. (2011). Trade policies in Southeast Asia in Wider Asian Perspective. The World Economy, 34(4), pp. 568-601.

  6. Sen, R. (2010), New Regionalism in Asia: The Case of the Singapore-Australia Bilateral FTA, International Journal of Business and Globalization, 4(4), pp.359-398.

  7. Sen, R. and S. Srivastava (2009), ASEAN's Bilateral Preferential Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreements. ASEAN Economic Bulletin, 26(2), pp.194-214.

  8. Sen, R. & Asher, M.G. (2007). Towards Greater Economic Integration: The Growing Role of Cross-Border Services. Asian Management Review, 2(2), 20-28.

  9. Sen, R. (2006). New Regionalism in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Emerging Regional and Bilateral Trading Agreements involving ASEAN, China and India. Journal of World Trade, 40(4), 553-596.

  10. Sen, R. & Sally, R. (2005). Whither Trade Policies in Southeast Asia? The Wider Asian and Global Context. ASEAN Economic Bulletin, 22(1), 92-115.

  11. Sen, R. & Sally, R. (2005). Whither Trade Policies in Southeast Asia? The Wider Asian and Global Context. In B. Debroy & D. Chakraborty (Eds.), The Trade Game: Negotiation Trends at WTO and Concerns of Developing Countries. New Delhi: Academic Foundation in association with Liberty Institute and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Contemporary Studies.

  12. Sen, R. & Rajan, R. (2005). The New Wave of FTAs in Asia: Implications for ASEAN, China and India. ADB Volume on Asian Economic Cooperation and Integration. Manila: Asian Development Bank, pp.123-160.

  13. Sen, R., Rajan, R. & Siregar, R.Y. (2004). Misalignment of the Baht, Trade imbalances and the Crisis in Thailand. The World Economy, 27(7), 985-1012.

  14. Sen, R., Rajan, R. & Siregar, R.Y. (2003). Singapore and the New Regionalism: Bilateral Trade Linkages with Japan and the US. The World Economy, 26(9), 1325-1356.


  • AUT Excellence in Teaching Annual Award, Department of Economics, 2011
  • NUS Research Scholarship for Doctor of Philosophy, 1998-2000, National University of Singapore

  • NUS Graduate Assistantship, Department of Economics, 2001-02, National University of Singapore

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