Dr Shamika Ravi, a renowned economist, is a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings India, branch of a think tank based in Washington D.C. Previously, she has served as a member of India’s Economic Advisory Council from 2017 to 2019. As an economic expert, Ravi writes journals in many major newspapers. Her research work has been published and mentioned in many prominent international newspapers including BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and most national and local dailies and magazines in India.
Shamika Ravi was born on 2 January in Patna, Bihar. She studied in Patna till class 10 and then moved to Delhi in 1991 to pursue higher education. She completed her secondary schooling in 1993 from Delhi Public School (DPS), R. K. Puram, New Delhi. Later, she attained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi in 1996, followed by a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics in 1998. Thereafter, in 1999, she moved to the US to pursue a PhD in Economics from New York University, which she completed in 2005 and then returned to India. Shamika Ravi LinkedIn
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She is married to Mudit Kapoor, an associate professor at the Indian Statistical Institute.
The couple has two sons, Kabir and Shaan.
After attaining a PhD in Economics, Shamika Ravi worked as a permanent Economics professor for 10 years (from 2005 to 2015) at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and then continued working as a visiting professor for the institute for the next few years, giving lectures in Game Theory and Microfinance.
In November 2017, she was appointed as a part-time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, a non-constitutional, non-permanent and autonomous body created to give economic guidance to the Government of India, especially the Prime Minister. While being in the post, she raised concerns over the structural slowdown of the India economy and advocated for major economic reforms. In September 2019, she was dropped from the council.
On 25 May 2020, an article written by economist Shamika Ravi called ‘A Pandemic Prescription’ appeared in The Indian Express’ print and online edition. After the article was published, Ravi was accused of replicating, in the article, a part of data collected and analysed by a fellow-economist Karthik Muralidharan without acknowledging him at all. As the news came to light on 27 May, The Indian Express withdrew the article from its website. Shamika also issued an apology for mentioning verbatim quotations of Karthik Murlidharam in her article and assured people of not repeating it. The controversy grew bigger when on 29 May 2020, the Indian School of Business (ISB) took to Twitter to distance itself away from Shamika by mentioning that Ravi was not a permanent faculty at the institute, but rather an adjunct faculty who had taught some of their programmes. The ISB also asked Shamika to delete “professor at ISB” from the bio of her Twitter account. Firstpost
ISB would like to clarify that Dr Shamika Ravi is not a permanent faculty member at the ISB. She is an adjunct faculty member who has taught in some of our ISB's programmes. @IndianExpress recently withdrew Dr Ravi's press article titled 'A Pandemic Prescription.' dated May 25.
— ISB (@ISBedu) May 29, 2020
The reason stated was that the article didn't meet the daily's standards of professional integrity. Since then, Dr Ravi has publicly apologised for plagiarism using her twitter handle.
— ISB (@ISBedu) May 29, 2020
In response to ISB’s claims, Ravi took to Twitter and gave an explanation about the history of her association with the ISB. She also criticised the institute for what she described as the ‘bullying tactics’ of the institute.
1) I am not an adjunct faculty but Visiting Professor @ISBedu. Was permanent faculty from 2005-15. Have taught too many courses to keep count in 16 yrs.
2) I put out a public apology LONG before IE did anything.
3) I've not heard from ISB management.
4) Grow up.Don't get bullied. https://t.co/M1dFAtkjZV
— Prof Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) May 29, 2020
Shamika is a multi-lingual person, fluent in English, Hindi and Malayalam.
She holds an interest in policy analysis, data analysis, strategy making, project management, and international relations.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shamika Ravi helped in making the statistics to describe the spread and toll of the pandemic. She regularly takes to her Twitter account to post graphs and simple dot-point explanations for everything from fatality rates to active cases, and much more.
COVID death rate per million people:
1) rising sharply in Eastern Europe
2) rising slowly in East Asia
3) India = 108.6 (73) pic.twitter.com/6NqAB1U0eZ
— Prof Shamika Ravi (@ShamikaRavi) January 5, 2021