Sasidaran Gopalan

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Sasidaran Gopalan

Position: Assistant Professor

Education Background: Ph.D. (Public Policy), 2014, George Mason University (USA), 2014

Research Areas

Broad Fields: Applied Macroeconomics, International Finance & Development Policy

Specific Topics: Financial Development & Financial Inclusion; Foreign Direct Investment; Financial Openness and Capital Flows; Foreign Aid; Remittances

  

Contact information

Dr. Sasidaran Gopalan
Assistant Professor 
Graduate School of Public Policy
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Astana, Kazakhstan 010000
Email: sasidaran.gopalan@nu.edu.kz 

Sasidaran Gopalan

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Public Policy), 2014, George Mason University (USA), 2014

Sasidaran Gopalan joined the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University as an Assistant Professor in June 2018. Dr. Gopalan completed his PhD in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA. His PhD dissertation examined the monetary and financial implications of foreign bank presence in emerging and developing economies.

Since his PhD, he has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Aug 2014 – Oct 2015) and then a Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (Oct 2015 – May 2018).

Dr. Gopalan’s research specialization lies in the intersection of applied macroeconomics, international finance and development policy, focusing on emerging and developing economies. Specific topics include an empirical analysis of financial openness and international capital flows, financial development and financial inclusion, and foreign aid. His research has a heavy empirical and policy flavor.

His scholarly publications include several academic articles in refereed international journals including top-tier journals like Journal of Macroeconomics and World Development. He has co-authored books published by leading publishing houses including Oxford University Press and Palgrave-Macmillan; as well as contributed to numerous book chapters in edited volumes, policy briefs, and op-eds for leading global financial dailies.

Personal Webpage

http://sasidaran.wixsite.com/sgopalan

Selected Publications

Books

  1. Gopalan, S. and Kikuchi, T. (2016). Financial Inclusion in Asia: Issues and Policy Concerns (Eds.), Palgrave-Macmillan, October 2016.
  2. Rajan, R.S. and Gopalan, S. (2014). Economic Management in a Volatile Environment: Monetary and Financial Issues, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014 (10 chapters, 312 pages).
  3. Rajan, R.S., Gopalan, S. and Hattari, R. (2011). Crisis, Capital Flows and FDI in Emerging Asia, Oxford University Press, 2011 (10 chapters, 225 pages).

Selected Refereed and Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Since 2015)

  1. Cavoli, T., Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. (2018). “Exchange Rate Policies in Asia in an Era of Financial Globalization: An Empirical Assessment,” The World Economy, Forthcoming.
  2. Gopalan, S., Rajan, R.S., and Luu, N.T.D. (2018). “Roads to Prosperity? Determinants of FDI in China and ASEAN,” The Chinese Economy, Forthcoming.
  3. Gopalan, S. (2018). “Does Foreign Bank Entry Contribute to Financial Development? Examining the Role of Income Thresholds,” Development Policy Review (Forthcoming)
  4. Tan, K.G., Gopalan, S. and Nguyen, W. 2018. “Measuring Ease of Doing Business in India’s Sub-National Economies: A Novel Index,” South Asia Journal of Business Studies (Forthcoming).
  5. Tan, K.G., Gopalan, S. and Ahmad, N.S. 2018. “Growth Slowdown Analysis for Indonesia’s Subnational Economies: An Empirical Investigation” Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 21(3): 1-36.
  6. Gopalan, S. and Rajan, R.S. (2018). “Foreign Banks and Financial Inclusion in Emerging and Developing Economies: An Empirical Investigation” Journal of International Development, 30(4): 559-583.
  7. Gopalan, S., Ouyang, A. and Rajan, R.S. (2018). “Impact of Greenfield FDI versus M&As on Growth and Domestic Investment in Emerging Asia”. Economia Politica, 35 (1): 41-70.
  8. Cavoli, T. and Gopalan, S. (2017). “Economic and Financial Interconnections and Income Growth Convergence in Asia: A Real-Financial Nexus?” Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 53 (12): 2672-2685.
  9. Gopalan, S. and Rajan, R.S. (2017).  “Does Foreign Bank Presence Affect Interest Rate Pass-Through in Emerging and Developing Economies?” Journal of Macroeconomics, 54: 373-292.
  10. Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. (2017). “The Great Monetary Gamble in India: Modi’s Lee Kuan Yew Moment?” Asian Survey, 57(5): 833-855, September/October.
  11. Tan, K.G., Gopalan, S. and Nguyen, L.P.A. (2017). “Financial Deepening and Economic Growth in Transition Southeast Asian Economies: A Geweke Causality Analysis” Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 20(3):1-25.
  12. Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. (2016). “Revisiting Bilateral Foreign Direct Investment Inflows into BRIC Economies,” Global Policy, 7(4): 510-520, November.
  13. Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. (2016). “Has Foreign Aid Been Effective in the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector? Evidence from Panel Data,” World Development, 85: 84–104, September; Winner of “2017 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Research Excellence Award in Social and Development Policy
  14. Gopalan, S., Hattari, R. and Rajan, R.S. (2016). “Understanding Foreign Direct Investment in Indonesia,” Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol.15, No.1, pp.28-50; Winner of “Outstanding Paper for 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.” 
  15. Gopalan, S., (2015). “Financial Liberalisation and Foreign Bank Entry in Emerging and Developing Economies: What Does the Literature Tell Us?,” Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, 6(2): 1-25.

Selected Publications in Books (Since 2015)

  1. Gopalan, S. (2016). “Banking Globalization and Development,” Chapter 14 in Handbook of Globalization and Development (ed.) Reinert, K.., Edward Elgar, pp.234-251.
  2. Gopalan, S. (2016). “Foreign Bank Entry and Financial Development in Emerging and Developing Economies: An Empirical Investigation” in Roy, M. and Roy, S.S. (eds.), International Trade and Finance, Springer, pp.565-584.
  3. Gopalan, S. (2015). “External Financing in India: Sources and Types of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)” Chapter 6, in Rajan, R.S. and Yanamandra, V., Managing the Macroeconomy: Monetary and Exchange Rate Issues in India, Palgrave-Macmillan, August.

Selected Articles in Media (Commentaries and Op-Eds Since 2015)

  1. Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. 2018. “Are Trade Wars Spiraling into Currency Wars?” Global-is-Asian, August 21, 2018.
  2. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. “Plugging Asia’s Yawning Infrastructure Gap,” Live Mint, July 12, 2018
  3. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2018). “Revitalising Singapore-India Commercial Ties,” Global-is-Asian, June 14, 2018.
  4. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2018). “Here’s what Modi Needs to Do to Become a Hero,” Global-is-Asian, June 06, 2018.
  5. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2018). “International Trade Tensions: A Worry for Asia,” Live Mint, May 23.
  6. Tan, K.G., Gopalan, S. and Rajan, R.S. (2017). “What Ails India’s Exports?” Financial Express, October 06.
  7. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2017), “Gold’s Durability in Asia Driving Global Demand,” The Business Times, September 28.
  8. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2017). “Has Global Finance Reached its Peak?” The Business Times, July 12.
  9. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2017). “Revisiting the Singapore-India DTAA” The Business Times, January 10.
  10. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2016). “4 Things Singapore Can Do In The Face of Deglobalisation” The Business Times, December 16.
  11. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2016). “Shifting Narrative on the Rupee Demonetisation,” The Business Times, December 9.
  12. Gopalan, S., and Rajan, R.S. (2016). “Travails of Inflation Targeting,” The Financial Express, October 22.
  13. Tan, K.G., Tan, K.Y., and Gopalan, S. (2015). “Doing Business in India: From ‘Look East’ to ‘Act East’,” The Straits Times, November 25.
  14. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2015). “For a Better Interest Rate Transmission,” The Financial Express, August 05.
  15. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2015). “Greek Crisis: Back to Basics,” eSocialSciences, August 02.
  16. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2015). “Can Foreign Banks Contribute to Financial Inclusion?,” eSocialSciences, July 03.
  17. Rajan, R.S., and Gopalan, S. (2015). “Getting Better FDI,” The Financial Express, January 19.
  18. Rajan, R.S. and Gopalan, S. (2015). “Who is Investing in India and in What Sectors?,” The Financial Express, January 12.

For a full list of my research publications and teaching activities, visit my personal webpage at: http://sasidaran.wixsite.com/sgopalan