About Ajit Ranade

Senior Fellow

Dr Ajit Ranade is Distinguished Fellow at the Takshashila Institution focusing on India’s economic policies. He is also Chief Economist of the Aditya Birla Group and an Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd. Previously he served as Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. He serves as a Director on the Board of Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company of Hindalco and Almex Inc. of USA. He was Government of India’s nominee as Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd., from September 22, 2007 to April 1, 2010. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility. He is a member of the Board of India Today Economists, Chairman of the CII West Zone Sub Committee on Economic Affairs and the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.

Dr Ranade is also a member of the Senate and Advisory Council of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a columnist with the Mumbai Mirror. He also writes at FirstPost, Business Standard, IBNLive, The Economist Times. He has authored several books, namely Life Insurance in India: Emerging Issues, Three Questions about Insurance Liberalisation, Maharashtra’s EGS: Regional Patterns, Scope for Reforms and Replication. He is a co founder and trustee of Association for Democratic Reforms, which is an Indian civil society group vying for transparency in the politics of India. Dr. Ranade earned a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bombay, a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and holds an MA and PhD in Economics from Brown University, USA.

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Some myths about black money

Two years on, impact of demonetisation is still being debated. Here’s a primer on some key concepts

Richest firm wooed by freebies

Amazon has won huge concessions by picking two US cities for its new HQ. Economistsdecry such ‘race to the bottom’ between cities to attract investment, jobs.

What’s fuelling cabbies’ strike?

Ola and Uber drivers are actually entrepreneurs who are facing a squeeze because of higher diesel cost and lower incentives.

Price wars in aviation, telecom

Players in the two sectors have been keeping tariffs low by pouring precious equity capital in their pursuit of higher market share.

Continuity through change: a case of four programmes

Successful policymaking is about change, which is incremental but persistent