ASHER, Mukul

Mukul Asher

Professorial Fellow

PhD (Economics) Washington State University

Mukul Asher
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 6792
Fax: +65 6778 1020

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
#02-01B
Wing B, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building

Singapore 259772


Profile

Mukul Asher specialises in public sector economics and social security issues in Asia. He has published extensively in international journals, and has authored and edited several books. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and other institutions.

He has interacted with policy-makers as a resource person in several Asian countries such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, and Sri Lanka. He is on the Editorial Board of International Social Security Review, a leading journal in the field. He teaches applied public sector economics and economic reasoning for public policy.

Research Areas

  • Ageing
  • Health policy
  • Pensions and social security policy
  • Singapore social policy
  • Social policy

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Sheikh, Shahana and MG Asher. 2012. “Case for Developing Municipal Bond Market in India”. ASCI Journal of Management, Vol. 42(1), pp. 1-19.
  • Mukul Asher “Gujarat’s Budget: Fit for 21st Century”. CFO CONNECT. Pg 22-25 (2012).
  • Asher, M G, “Micro pensions in India: Issues and Challenges”. International Social Security Review, 64, no. 2 (2011): 1 – 21.
  • Asher, M G, “The Microfinance Sector in India: Which Way Now”. ASCI Journal of Management, 40, no. 2 (2011).
  • Asher, M G, “Acquiring proficiency in operationalizing knowledge based economy: an imperative for India”. Journal of Governance & Public Policy, 1, no. 1 (2011).

Chapters in Books

  • Asher, MG. 2012 “Malaysia”. in Pension System in East and Southeast Asia: Promoting Fairness and Sustainability, ed. Donghyun Park, pp. 53-65. Manila: Asian Development Bank
  • Asher, MG. 2012 “Singapore”. in Pension System in East and Southeast Asia: Promoting Fairness and Sustainability, ed. Donghyun Park, pp. 85-98. Manila: Asian Development Bank
  • Asher, MG. 2012. “Public Debt Sustainability and Fiscal Management in India”. In Public Debt Sustainability in Developing Asia, ed. Benno Ferrarini, Raghbendra Jha, and Arief Ramayandi, pp.139-169, New York: Routledge
  • Asher, M G, “Social Pensions for the Elderly in Asia: Fiscal Costs and Financing Methods”. In Social Protection for Older Persons: Social Pensions in Asia, ed. S. W. Handayani & B. Babajanian. Manila: ADB, 2012. 23 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “Civil Service and Military Pension Reforms in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore”. In Reforming Pensions for Civil and Military Servants, ed. Noriyuki Takayama. Tokyo: Maruzen Co Ltd, 2011. 17 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “Singapore: Pension System Overview and Reform Directions”. In Pension System and Old Age Income Support in East and Southeast Asia, ed. Donghyung Park. Oxon: Routledge, 2011. 23 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “Malaysia: Pension System Overview and Reform Direction”. In Pension System and Old Age Income Support in East and Southeast Asia, ed. Donghyung Park. Oxon: Routledge, 2011. 23 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “The SWFs: Changing Relations with Stakeholders”. In Sovereign Asset Management For a Post Crisis World, ed. Donghyun Park. London: Central Bank Publication, 2011. 10 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “Market Structure and Challenges for Annuities in India”. In Securing Lifelong Retirement Income: Global Annuity Markets and Policy, ed. Robert Clark and Olivia Mitchell. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 18 pp.
  • Asher, M G, “An Analysis of Provident and Pension Fund Administration in Selected Asian Countries”. In Priority Challenges in Pension Administration, ed. Noriyuki Takayama, 14. Tokyo: Maruzen Co Ltd, 2011. 18 pp.
  • Savita Shankar and Mukul Asher. 2011. The Microfinance Sector in India: Which Way Now?. Aent 40(2).
  • Mukul G. Asher and Deepa Vasudevan. 2010. “Unconventional Methods of Financing Urban Development: The Role of PPP.” In Urban Infrastructure and Governance, edited by G. Ramesh,Vishnu Prasad Nagadevara, Gopal Naik, Anil Suraj, 176-205. Routledge.

Op-eds

  • Asher, M G, “Financing smart cities: key requirements“. Pragati, 2014.
  • Asher, M G, “Malaysia should not mix tax collection with wealth generation“. Asian Century Institute, 2014.
  • Asher, M G, “Reforming public enterprises“. Pragati, 2014.
  • Asher, M G, “Does the New PFRDA Bill Need Refinement”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “What Japan needs now is a fiscal management plan”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “Growing importance of geo economics approach for India”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “Government should consider a robust pension system””. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “Balance fiscal discipline with autonomy”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “Control, micromanagement will be counterproductive for microfinance sector”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.
  • Asher, M G, “India Indonesia engagement vital for multi polarity in Asia”. Mumbai: DNA, 2011.

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