Dr Rahul Sen

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Senior Lecturer in Economics

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 – ext: 5037

Email: rahul.sen@aut.ac.nz

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  • 2003 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from National University of Singapore
  • 1996 Master of Arts in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of  Delhi, India
  • 1994 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from University of Delhi, India

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • 2018 –present, Honorary Advisor at Infinite Sum Modeling, a global economic and management consulting firm with branches in USA, Canada, China and India, see https://infisum.com/index.php/about-us/peoples/advisors/
        Adjunct Research Fellow, New Zealand-India Trade Alliance (NZITA), which plays the         role of a connector, enabler and advocator for New Zealand-India relations, providing         access for business at the highest level to local and state government entities in both         countries, and a range of support services for members seeking to enter the markets         of both countries,
        See https://www.linkedin.com/company/nzita/?originalSubdomain=nz
  • 2017 – present, Asian Media Centre, New Zealand. https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/voices/rahulsen/
  • 2013 – 2016, 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. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---inst/documents/publication/wcms_498944.pdf
  • 2014 – present, Fellow, New Zealand-India Research Institute (NZIRI), Victoria University of Wellington. https://www.victoria.ac.nz/hppi/centres/india-research/fellows
  • 2011-present, Institutional Member, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand. https://artnet.unescap.org/members-and-partners
  • 2011 – present, Member, Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), Purdue University, Indiana, USA. https://www.gtap.agecon.purdue.edu/network/member_display.asp? UserID=11373


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. He is a recognized expert on economic integration in the Asia-Pacific, particularly related to Empirical and Policy Analysis of Bilateral and Regional  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.

More recently, in recognition of his expertise in this area, He was invited to be an 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 over 2013-2016. As part of this role, he was involved in reviewing and providing comments on all project papers that were presented in the four events in North America and Asia, leading up  to the final project report presented in Geneva in 2016. The ILO fully funded all travel and accommodation costs related to this role for three of their events in Canada (2014); USA (2015) and Geneva (2016) wherein he was also invited to be the panel moderator and discussant in their research committee  meetings.
Rahul was the only trade economist in the committee and his inputs were included in their project papers as well as in the ILO (2016) report titled Assessment of labour provisions in trade and investment arrangements. This report was presented for policy discussion among ILO members at their bi-annual  governing body meetings that year.

Rahul’s research findings have been widely cited by researchers working on Asian economic integration. He has published a co-authored article in an A ranked journal in this area of research, with an academic from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2011, on the future of Trade Policy in Southeast  Asia. 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 A by the Australian Business Dean’s Council (ABDC) 2013 Economics Journal Rankings).

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 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UNESCAP) member countries and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada. Rahul is also 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 the GTAP PTA course in 2016, is presently working on research projects involving the use of the recently launched multi-country GTAP 8 and 9 databases. He has been involved as a reviewer for the flagship Annual GTAP conference on Global Economic Analysis since 2017.

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, see https://infisum.com/index.php/about-us/peoples/advisors/, which provides an opportunity to collaborate with ISM and their team members in USA, Canada, China and India, on training, research and consulting projects worldwide.

Rahul was also invited in 2018/19 by Mitacs Canada, a non-profit, national research organization that manages and funds research and training programs for undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in partnership with universities, industry and government in Canada, for reviewing a Mitacs Accelerate International research proposal entitled "Global Dynamic Financial CGE Model" involving a team of academics from Simon Fraser University and Beijing Technology and Business University).

At AUT, Rahul has successfully supervised several Honors and Masters Dissertation to completion on topics related to New Zealand-China Intra-Industry Trade, and Investment flows in the New-Zealand China Free.

Teaching Areas:

    • International Trade Economics (Undergraduate)
    • Economic Principles (Undergraduate)
    • Applied Project (Academic Supervisor)
    • International Trade Theory and Policy (Postgraduate)
    • Master of Business –Dissertation/Thesis supervisor
    • Bachelor of Business (Honours) – Dissertation/Thesis supervisor

    Research and Supervision Areas:
    • Trade Agreements, Global Trade War and implications for New Zealand and its trading        partners
    • India and the Global economy
    • Global Production sharing and its implications for international trade


    Research Areas:

    Research Summary:

    Rahul undertakes empirical and policy relevant research in the area of international trade, from two different perspectives. The first is the effects of trade and economic partnership agreements on deepening economic integration in the Asia-Pacific economies. His latest co-authored paper on this subject has been published in ABDC ranked journals over 2016-17. More recently, he has utilized Applied General Equilibrium (AGE) tools to also extend this to the ongoing Global Trade War involving US, China and their trading partners, including New Zealand.
    The second is from the perspective of firm-based trade that involves global value chains (GVCs), intra-industry trade (IIT) and their implications for deeper economic integration. This is significant in the wake of their involvement in mega trade deals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). His latest co-authored paper on this subject was accepted for presentation at the upcoming Australasian Trade Workshop at the University of Auckland. He has also supervised Applied Projects on intra-industry trade, global trade war as well as trade agreements and climate change.

    Current Research Projects:

    • Badri Narayanan G., Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava. The RCEP Agreement and India's auto-parts industry: An Applied General Equilibrium Analysis.
    • Rahul Sen, Pundarik Mukhopadhaya and Gulasekaran Rajaguru. Impact of Preferential Trade on Income Inequality.
    • Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava, Australia’s trade and investment linkages with China and India: A comparative analysis and implications for the deeper economic integration.
    • Badri Narayanan G. Rahul Sen and Chidambaran Iyer, The Combined Impact of Make in India and Trade War on the Indian economy.
    • Badri Narayanan G. Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava, The impact of US-China trade war on New Zealand : An Applied General Equilibrium analysis.
    • Badri Narayanan G. Rahul Sen and Sadhana Srivastava, Non- Tariff Barrier reduction and Impact on FTAs : An Applied General Equilibrium Analysis.


    1. Sen, R. (2017). On the Economics of Trade Agreements: Who Gains and Who Loses?. In David Hall (ed.). No more business as usual: Where to now for international trade?, The Policy Observatory, AUT, July 13, pp.54-63.
    2. Das, S.B., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2017). Labour Provisions in Trade Agreements with Developing Economies: The Case of TPPA and ASEAN Member Countries, ISEAS Economics Working Paper, No. 2017-1, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore, 30p. https://www.iseas.edu.sg/images/pdf/ISEAS_EWP_2017-01.pdf
    3. Das, S.B., Sen, R. & Srivastava, S. (2017). A Partial ASEAN Customs Union Post- 2015?. Singapore Economic Review, 62(3), 593-617. DOI:10.1142/S0217590818400027
    4. Siddique, M.A.B, Sen R. & Srivastava S. (2016). Australia-Thailand Trade: An analysis of competitiveness and effects of the bilateral FTA. The Journal of Developing Areas, 50 (5), 103-118.DOI:10.1353/jda.2016.0044
    5. 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), 253-288.
    6. Srivastava, S. & Sen, R. (2015). Production fragmentation in trade of manufactured goods in India: prospects and challenges. Asia-Pacific Development Journal, 22 (1), 33-66. http://www.unescap.org/sites/default/files/3-Part2-Srivastava.pdf
    7. 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.


    • 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