Gaurav Gupta

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Livelihoods in informal sector
  • Innovation and Job creation
  • Financial inclusion


An alumnus of University of Warwick (MSc Economics), MDI Gurgaon (PGPM) and University of Delhi (BA Honours Economics), I worked as a banker for most of my professional life of eighteen years prior to joining the university in February 2021. Immediately before joining the university, I was consulting with LabourNet- a private sector firm focussed on skilling, employment, and livelihoods for blue-collared workers in rural and urban India. I am a CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute, USA.

I have previously taught as a visiting faculty in Managerial Economics, Indian Financial System and Public Economics and have also published in The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Decision and The Asian Journal of Law and Economics. My recent research work has focussed on India’s IT-BPM Industry, MGNREGA, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, India’s Asset Reconstruction Market, and role of policy measures in exacerbating rather than limiting the Global Financial Crisis of 200708.


Journal articles

Gupta, G., & Basole, A. (2020). India’s Information Technology industry: prospects for growth and role in structural transformation. Decision, 47, 341 – 361. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1007​/​s​40622-020 – 00269‑z

Vasudevan, G., Singh, S., Gupta, G., & Jalajakshi, C.K. (2020). MGNREGA in the Times of COVID-19 and Beyond: Can India do More with Less? Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 63, 799 – 814. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1007​/​s​41027-020 – 002470

Prasad, R., Gupta, G., & Mathur, Y.B. (2020). A Game Theoretic Analysis of the Relative Payouts to Operational Creditors and Financial Creditors from Bankruptcy Resolution in India. Asian Journal of Law and Economics. 11(2), 2020, pp. 20200017. https://​doi​.org/​10​.​1515​/​a​j​l​e​-2020 – 0017

Newspaper article

Prasad, R., & Gupta, G. (2019, January 10). The equivalence of farm loan waivers and corporate NPAs. HT Mint. https://​www​.livemint​.com/​O​p​i​n​i​o​n​/​R​M​r​j​G​6​x​x​L​u​3​Y​w​C​b​e​y​r​Y​T​h​P​/​O​p​inion – The-equivalence-of-farm-loan-waivers-and-corporate.html

Prasad, R., & Gupta, G. (2019, February 18). Top 12 Corporate NPAs Cost Exchequer Twice As Much As Farm Loan Waivers. India Spend. https://​www​.indi​aspend​.com/​t​o​p​-​12​-​c​o​r​p​o​r​a​t​e​-​n​p​a​s​-​c​o​s​t​-​e​x​c​h​e​q​u​e​r​-​t​w​i​c​e​-​a​s​-​m​u​c​h​-​a​s​-​f​a​r​m​-​l​o​a​n​-​w​a​i​vers/

Website/​Blog post

Gupta, G. (2017, December 1). Big firms in the global food value-chain & opportunities for SMEs. Trade Finance Global. https://​www​.trade​fi​nance​glob​al​.com/​p​o​s​t​s​/​b​i​g​-​f​i​r​m​s​-​i​n​-​t​h​e​-​g​l​o​b​a​l​-​f​o​o​d​-​v​a​l​u​e​-​c​h​a​i​n​-​a​n​d​-​o​p​p​o​r​t​u​n​i​t​i​e​s​-​f​o​r​-​smes/

Conference Papers

Prasad, R., Gupta, G., & Mathur, Y.B. (2019, December). Vanishing Gains to Trade in the Distressed Debt Market. Eighteenth annual conference on Macroeconomics and Finance. IGIDR, Mumbai.

Prasad, R., Gupta, G., & Mathur, Y.B. (2019, August). IBC Payouts: Are the Operational Creditors Getting a Bad Deal? Conference on Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Corporate Finance. World Bank Group and IIM- Ahmedabad.


State of Working India 2021: One year of Covid-19. (2021). Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University. https://​cse​.azim​premji​u​ni​ver​si​ty​.edu​.in/​s​t​a​t​e​-​o​f​-​w​o​r​k​i​n​g​-​i​n​d​i​a​/​s​w​i​-​2021/