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Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan

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Areas of Expertise: European Union Healthcare EU Single Market EU Trade Agreements Agriculture Services Digital Economy WTO and Globalization South Asia & Oceania Africa Far-East Latin America North-America Russia & Eurasia

Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan

Dr. Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan is an affiliate faculty member and senior economist with the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences, University of Washington-Seattle. Furthermore, he co-founded Infinite Sum Modelling LLC, with offices in Canada, USA, India, China and Hong Kong, and presence worldwide. Before moving to Seattle, he served Purdue University’s Center for Global Trade Analysis for almost a decade and prior to that he was a Fellow at ICRIER (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations), New Delhi, India. His broad expertise lies in economic analysis for business strategy and public policy, employing a variety of quantitative models. Recently, apart from his 18+ years of applied economic research experience in trade, energy/environment and development issues, he has been working on several other issues such as business economics of new technologies, advising several start-ups in these sectors.

Several of his models capture global supply chain economics as well as linkages among countries and industries from a holistic, dynamic perspective. He is widely known for his pivotal role in developing GTAP (Global Trade Analysis Project) based models and datasets used by thousands of researchers across the world. These models employ theory-consistent, data-founded and realistic approaches, involving a combination of optimization, applied mathematics, simulation and statistical regressions, to make futuristic predictions and forecasts. He has published five books, over 100 research papers in reputed journals, books and other outlets. Apart from top scholarly journals including Nature and American Economic Review, for over 4600 times, his research has been cited in popular magazines such as The Economist and several news outlets. He has also contributed several OpEds to magazines, newspapers and websites across the world.

He has been an independent consultant with several organizations including the McKinsey, IMF, World Bank, FAO, UN, EU, ITC, ADB, KPMG, LSE, the Commonwealth of Nations, PWC, Harvard University, and the governments of India, the United States, Finland, Turkey and others as well as several startups and non-profit organizations. He has presented his work in invited seminars in several places including Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, etc., in 30 countries across the world. He has a PhD in Economics from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai and BTech from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India

  • ECIPE Occasional Papers

    Economic Costs of Ex ante Regulations

    By: Hosuk Lee-Makiyama Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan 

    Regulations are an indispensable part of an economy and are proven to generate a significant impact on the economic, environment and social landscape. Through an extensive survey of literature and empirical study, the paper contrasts the benefits and costs arising in the light of the imposition of ex ante regulations of attempting to regulate a market sector, before a market failure has even occurred. It diverges from the norm of regulating ex-post, i.e. addressing...

  • ECIPE Policy Briefs

    The Economic Losses from Ending the WTO Moratorium on Electronic Transmissions

    By: Hosuk Lee-Makiyama Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan 

    This paper is co-authored with Badri Narayanan, PhD, Associate Professor at University of Washington, Consultant at McKinsey Global Institute, UN ESCWA, FAO, Commonwealth Secretariat and GTAP Research Centre. Background Since 1998, the WTO Members have applied a moratorium against tariffs on international electronic transmissions (commonly referred to as the WTO ‘E-Commerce’ Moratorium). However, some WTO Members have recently debated whether the...

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