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Sasidaran GOPALAN

Sasidaran Gopalan

Research Fellow & Deputy Director (Administration)

Sasidaran Gopalan
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 2541

Office Location

18 Evans Road, Singapore 259364


Sasidaran Gopalan is a Research Fellow and Deputy Director (Administration) at the Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining ACI, he was based in Hong Kong as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies and HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Dr. Gopalan completed his PhD in Public Policy, specialising in International Finance and Policy at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, USA. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in Economics from Loyola College (Chennai, India) and Madras School of Economics (Chennai, India), respectively. He spent a year at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) post-graduation as a Research Associate and was subsequently based at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at NUS for two years undertaking research on international economic policy issues concerning South Asia.  

His scholarly publications include two co-authored books with leading publishing houses including Oxford University Press and Palgrave-Macmillan as well as several academic articles in refereed international journals including top-tier field journals. He has also contributed to book chapters in edited volumes, policy briefs as well as op-eds for leading global financial dailies.

Dr. Gopalan’s research interests span the broad fields of financing for development and international macroeconomic and financial policies with respect to emerging and developing economies in Asia. Specific topics include an empirical analysis of financial openness and international capital flows, financial development, financial inclusion, foreign aid and remittances. His research has a heavy empirical and policy flavour.

At ACI, he is the lead coordinator for the flagship projects on India relating to competitiveness analysis, ease of doing business as well as impact of exchange rates on foreign direct investment at the sub-national level. He also supervises and contributes to the formulation as well as implementation of several empirical research projects, targeted towards journal publications and broader policy outreach.

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