Dr Rahul Sen

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Senior Lecturer

Email: rahul.sen@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8067-7876

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Qualifications:

  • PhD, National University of Singapore
  • M.A (Economics), Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi, India

Overview:

Rahul was previously a Research Fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore from 2003-2007, prior to joining AUT in 2008. The overarching theme of his research has been in the field of international economics focusing on trade policy and economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. Rahul's research has contributed to the ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of economic integration initiatives involving New Zealand’s major trading partners such as Australia, China, the Association of Southeast Asian Member Nations (ASEAN) and India. It has been published in both high-ranking academic journal outlets, as well as those that have a more applied focus and target the non-academic audience.

Rahul's applied focus and expertise has provided opportunities to forge international links and engage with institutions that are well known in applied international trade research that includes the ILO, UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) based in Thailand, and the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) network based in Purdue University, USA. Rahul was an Advisory Committee member for an ILO research project on Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements over 2013-2016, the only trade economist from New Zealand to be involved in that capacity among the Advisory Committee board.

In 2018, Rahul was appointed as one of the international team of advisors at Infinite Sum Modeling (ISM), which is a global economic and management consulting firm with branches in USA, Canada, China, and India, providing an opportunity to collaborate with ISM and their team members in USA, Canada, China, and India, on training, research and consulting projects worldwide. This has contributed to ongoing research projects that are able to model the economy-wide impact of a range of external shocks, such as global trade war, and the introduction of digital technologies in international trade.

Recent media:
Article in the Conversation : https://theconversation.com/learning-from-experience-how-our-universities-can-turn-the-international-student-crisis-into-an-opportunity-139202
Article in the Conversation : https://theconversation.com/why-new-zealand-is-more-exposed-than-others-to-the-economic-chills-of-chinas-coronavirus-outbreak-131204

Research interests:

International trade theory and policy (country and firm-level)
Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modeling and its applications
International trade, digital technologies, and global value chains (GVCs)

Teaching summary:

I'm teaching:

-ECON708 International Trade Economics (BBus)
-BUSS510 Foundations of Data Strategy (BBus)
-ECON841 Macroeconomics for Business (MBA)

Fields of research:

  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Applied Economics
  • International Economics and International Finance

Professional activities:

Featured professional activities

  • Guest Speaker for a course on Global Trade and Disruptive technologies at University of Washington, Seattle, University of Washington, Seattle (students enrolled in course JSIS 278C/D (2019)
  • Advisory Committee Member: Improving worker rights in globalising economies: Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements, ILO Geneva, ESDC Canada and Secrétariat d'Etat à l'économie, Switzerland (2013 - 2015)

    Outreach and engagement

    • Guest Speaker for a course on Global Trade and Disruptive technologies at University of Washington, Seattle (2019)
    • Invited speaker at Academic Workshop: New Engagements: China, India, and the South Pacific, at Victoria University of Wellington (2019)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Sen, R., & Asher, M. (2020). New Zealand–India trade an unfinished story. East Asia Forum. Retrieved from https://www.eastasiaforum.org/

  • Badri Narayanan, G., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2019). Tariff liberalization in the RCEP trade agreement and impact on India`s automobile industry: An applied general equilibrium analysis. United Nations Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). Retrieved from https://artnet.unescap.org/

  • Das, S. B., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2016). Can ASEAN+1 FTAs be a pathway towards negotiating and designing the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) Agreement?. Journal of World Trade, 50(2). Retrieved from http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/toc.php?pubcode=TRAD

Journal articles

  • Das, S. B., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2017). A partial ASEAN customs union post 2015?. Singapore Economic Review, 62(3). doi:10.1142/S0217590818400027

  • Siddique M.A.B., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2016). Australia-Thailand trade: An analysis of competitiveness and effects of the bilateral FTA. Journal of Developing Areas, 50(5). doi:10.1353/jda.2016.0044

  • Das, S. B., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2016). Can ASEAN+1 FTAs be a pathway towards negotiating and designing the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) Agreement?. Journal of World Trade, 50(2). Retrieved from http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/toc.php?pubcode=TRAD

  • Srivastava, S., & Sen, R. (2015). Production fragmentation in trade of manufactured goods in India: Prospects and challenges. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 22(1). Retrieved from http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/3-Part2-Srivastava.pdf

  • 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. doi:10.1016/j.intfin.2013.11.001

  • Sen, R., & Sally, R. (2011). Trade policies in Southeast Asia in Wider Asian Perspective. The World Economy, 34(4). doi:10.1111/j.1467-9701.2011.01336.x

  • 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).

Book chapters

  • Rajan, R. S., & Sen, R. (2017). Liberalisation of financial services in southeast asia under the ASEAN framework agreement on services (AFAS). In Globalization and International Investment (pp. 493-496). doi:10.4324/9781315254104-20

  • Sen, R. (2017). On the economics of trade agreements: Who gains and who loses?. In D. Hall (Ed.), No more business-as-usual: Where to now for international trade? (pp. 54-63). Auckland: The Policy Observatory, Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from https://thepolicyobservatory.aut.ac.nz/

Conference contributions

  • Narayanan, B., Sen, R., Srivastava, S., & Iyer, C. (2018). The combined impact of trade wars and 'Make in India' on the Indian economy. In 6th IIFT Conference on Empirical Issues in International Trade & Finance. New Delhi: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. Retrieved from http://eiitf.iift.ac.in/eiitf6/index.asp

Working paper/discussions

  • Badri Narayanan, G., Sen, R., & Srivastava, S. (2019). Tariff liberalization in the RCEP trade agreement and impact on India`s automobile industry: An applied general equilibrium analysis. United Nations Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT). Retrieved from https://artnet.unescap.org/

Other outputs

  • Sen, R., & Nagar, S. (2020). Learning from experience: How our universities can turn the international student crisis into an opportunity. In The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/learning-from-experience-how-our-universities-can-turn-the-international-student-crisis-into-an-opportunity-139202. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/

  • Sen, R. (2020). Why New Zealand is more exposed than others to the economic chills of China’s coronavirus outbreak. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/au

  • Sen, R., & Asher, M. (2020). New Zealand–India trade an unfinished story. East Asia Forum. Retrieved from https://www.eastasiaforum.org/

  • Sen, R., & Nandy, A. (2019). RCEP: A missed opportunity for India. In Financial Express. Retrieved from https://www.financialexpress.com/

  • Sen, R. (2019). Global trade war and its impact on the Indian economy. In Indian Weekender. Retrieved from https://www.indianweekender.co.nz/

  • Sen, R. (2017). What’s needed for an India-NZ FTA to materialise. In Asia Media Centre. Asia Media Centre, Asia New Zealand Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/opinion/rahul-sen-slow-road-to-india-nz-fta/

  • Sen, R. (2011). [Book review: Trade facilitation and regional cooperation in Asia edited by Douglas H. Brooks and Susan F. Stone]. In The Developing Economies (Vol. 49, Iss. 4, pp. 474-477). Wiley. doi:10.1111/j.1746-1049.2011.00151.x

  • Sen, R. (2007). Book Review of Jahangir Aziz, Steven Dunaway and Eswar Prasad (eds.) "China and India: Learning from Each Other: Reforms and Policies for Sustained Growth". In Asian-Pacific Economic Literature (Iss. 1).

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