Local Coordinator


Gopakumar Achuthankutty serves as an Assistant Professor at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), located in Mumbai. He holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, West Bengal, INDIA. His research expertise lies in the domains of social choice theory, game theory, and microeconomic theory. He has taught M.Sc. and PhD students at IGIDR, Mumbai, and the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, in courses encompassing advanced microeconomics and foundations of mechanism design (with a special focus on the design of individual rights and constitutions). Within the EMLE programme, he teaches the course “Law and Economics of Development: Institutions” at IGIDR, Mumbai.

Teaching Staff


Jayati Sarkar is Professor in Economics at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, USA. Her field of specialization is Institutional Economics and her current research interests are in corporate ownership and governance in emerging economies, business groups, public sector enterprise reforms and performance. She has published in several international journals among which are Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Economics of Transition, Pacific Basic Finance Journal, and International Review of Finance. She has also published several book chapters on banking and corporate governance.

Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar is an Associate Professor at Azim Premji University and Visiting Faculty at IGIDR where he teaches part of the Law and Economics of Development course. His research explores the interfaces between politics and statistics, economics and religion, law and economics in pre-modern India, and the Kauṭiliya Arthaśāstra and other pre-modern texts. He studied metallurgy at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (B. Tech., 2001) and economics at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (Ph.D., 2010). He was a doctoral fellow (2007-08) at the Institute of SocioEconomics and the Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg under the Asia Link Project on Law and Economics funded by the European Union. He worked with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, New Delhi and Trichy and the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru before joining APU.