Senior Lecturer in Economics
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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.
• 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
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.