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Amrita Saha - Research Officer

Rural Futures; Business, Markets and the State
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Amrita holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. Her current post-doctoral roles include data management officer for the consortium on Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) at IDS and as visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her ongoing research explores the political economy of trade protection, agricultural commercialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, innovation and inclusive structural change. 

Amrita works with Rural Futures and Business, Markets and State cluster at IDS. Her research roles have also included work with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London; with the Ministry of Commerce in India, WTO Geneva, ITAD and United Nations ESCAP. She has also taken up various teaching roles at SOAS, at the University of Sussex, and University of Bath. She is particularly interested in working on political economy issues for India and developing countries.

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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Pathways to Inclusive Development through Innovation, Technology and Change is developing a framework to analyse alternative pathways that link different forms of technological innovation, and evaluate resulting structural change and inclusion outcomes in low-income countries.

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IDS publications on international development research

Inclusive Innovation, Development and Policy: Four Key Themes

IDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)

Building on these ideas from the IDS 50th Anniversary Conference in July 2016, this article links them with the Heeks Ladder of Inclusive Innovation to discuss the prospects for further inclusive innovation and development. More details

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New Relationships for a New Development Era'.

States, Markets and Society – New Relationships for a New Development Era

IDS Bulletin 47.2A (2016)

‘How does change happen?’ and ‘How should change happen and how can it be enabled?’ are key questions analysed in this IDS Bulletin, drawing on the Institute of Development Studies’ reflections on States, Markets and Society as a theme of its 50th Anniversary year. More details

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Book Review: Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Foreign Trade Review 51.4 (2016)

Following the introduction, the report commences with an assessment of the global economic outlook (Chapter 1) and how this impacts the economic sub-regions of South and Southeast Asia. It evaluates the ASEAN and India both in terms of growth prospects and development. With this perspective, the assertion is to ensure the ‘effectiveness’ of regional integration to combat repercussions from global slowdowns. More details

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The Market Response to Corporate Scandals Involving CEOs

Applied Economics 47.17 (2015)

This article examines corporate scandals of both a financial and non-financial nature between 1993 and 2011 which is expressly linked to a firm’s CEO. Findings suggest that in the short run, investors react adversely to such events and that recalcitrant CEOs end up costing their shareholders dearly. More details

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Negotiating Exclusions in Developing Country FTAs

Foreign Trade Review 49.4 (2014)

There exists a choice of negotiating the exclusions in tariff liberalisation: negative or positive listing. The extent of coverage caters to all sectors/products minus an identified ‘sensitive list’ under the negative list approach is considered more liberalising than positive listing with coverage across a specific number of sectors/products selected for preferential treatment. More details

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