CSS ( Centre For Social Studies) Centre for Social Studies
An Autonomous Social Science Research Institute Supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Government of Gujarat (GoG)
  Gagan Bihari Sahu
Akash Acharya
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Name    : Gagan Bihari Sahu
Degree : PhD (Economics)
Position : Acting Director and Associate Professor
Research Interests : Rural Credit, Micro Finance, Migration and Urban Labour Markets, Money Remittances.
Contact Details    : Phone : +91-261-2977172/74 (O)
    Fax :      +91-261-2977017
    E-mail: gaganbs09@gmail.com

An M.A. in Economics from Sambalpur University, Orissa, he has obtained Ph. D. in the same discipline from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore. His doctoral study analyzes the flow of institutional credit to agriculture with respect to changing banking policies from social banking to profit oriented system of lending after the introduction of banking sector reform.  He joined CSS on 16th May 2005. He was with Bankers Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow as a senior researcher and Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Banglore; as Research Officer. His research interest falls in the broad areas of Development Economics including aspects relating to Rural Credit, Microfinance, Migration & Urban Labour Markets, and Domestic Money Remittance. He has published several research papers in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Research Projects Undertaken
1. ''Financial Behaviour of Migrant Workers in Surat City” (with Biswaroop Das), funded by Indian School of Microfinance for Women, Ahmedabad (Ongoing).
2. “Loan Defaults by the SHGs: A Study in Madhya Pradesh and Orissa”, funded by Bankers Institute of Rural Development (BIRD), Lucknow, October 2011 (completed).
3. “Microfinance and Gender: Social and Economic Empowerment”, funded by BIRD, Lucknow, January, 2011 (completed).
4. “SHG-Bank Linkages in North West India: Experiences and Challenges in Financial Access and Poverty Alleviation”, funded by BIRD, Lucknow, September 2010 (completed).
5. “Income, Remittances and Urban Labour Markets: Oriya Migrant Workers in Surat City” (with Biswaroop Das), funded by ADHIKAR, Bhubaneswar, July, 2008 (completed).
6. “Self-Help Co-operatives and Micro Finance: Lessons from Orissa” (with Biswaroop Das) sponsored by the Friends of Women’s Word Banking, India (FWWB-I), Ahmedabad, November, 2006 (completed).  
Selected Publications
1. ‘Credit Constraints and Distress Sales in Rural India: Evidence from Kalahandi District, Orissa’ (with S. Madheswaran and D. Rajasekhar), The Journal of Peasant Studies, 2004, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, pp: 210-241.
2. ‘Banking Sector Reform and Credit Flow to Indian Agriculture’, Economic and Political Weekly, (with D. Rajasekhar), 2005, Vol. XL (53), pp: 5550 -59.
3. ‘Urban Bias’ in the Flow of Funds and Deposit Mobilisation: Evidence from Karnataka, India, Savings and Development, (with D. Rajasekhar), 2005, Vol. XXIX (4), pp: 415 -440.
4. ‘Supply Analysis of Institutional Credit to Agriculture for Major States in India’, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2007, Vol. 62 (4), pp: 664 - 78.
5. ‘Where Do Our Financial Institutions stand in Extending Agricultural Credit? Evidence from Kalahandi District, Orissa’, Review of Development and Change, 2008, Vol. 13 (1), pp: 49-75.
6. ‘Urban Labour Markets and Returns to Migration: Destination Surat’ (with Biswaroop Das), Review of Development and Change, 2010, Vol. XV, No.2, pp: 129-152.
7. ‘Migrant Remittances: Size Channels of Money Transfer among Oriya Workers in Surat City’ (with Biswaroop Das), The Indian Economic Journal, 2010, Vol 58, No. 1, pp: 77-94.
8. ‘Identification of the Poor: Errors of Exclusion and Inclusion’ (with Motilal Mahamallik), Economic and Political Weekly, 2011, Vol. XLVI, No. 9, pp: 71-77.