Dr DasariBabu N.S. Dasari, Ph.D.
Lecturer
Armitage Hall, Room 317
311 North Fifth Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Phone: (856) 225-6787
Email: babu.dasari@rutgers.edu
Web: https://economics.camden.rutgers.edu/faculty/babu-n-s-dasari/

About Dr. Dasari

Dr. Dasari took the B.A. (Economics, Mathematics and Statistics) and M.A. Economics at the Nagarjuna University, India from 1991-96, and obtained his M.Phil.  in Applied Economics at the Center for Development Studies (CDS) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India in 1998. Between 1999 and 2001, he was associated with Financial Management and Research (IFMR), Chennai, India, and conducted research in corporate finance, financial management and strategic management. Dr. Dasari earned a doctorate in Economics from one of the premier social science research institutes in India – Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) affiliated to the University of Madras in 2005.

Dr. Dasari has been a consultant at the Development Research Group, the World Bank, Washington D.C. between 2005 and 2008. At the World Bank, he has been involved in two projects: 1) Tracking land – caste nexus in a South Indian village for a period of 140 years and 2) Decentralization and Planning Project for which several rounds of data from 450 villages in South India are processed and analyzed for evaluating the impact and performance of Panchayats (local village governments) by the passage of 73rd constitutional amendment in 1993.

Dr. Dasari has also been a consultant at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, (CASI), University of Pennsylvania between 2008 and 2010. At CASI, he has been actively involved in the following projects: 1) Higher Education in India and 2) Maoist Movement in India.

Dr. Dasari has over 10 years of candid teaching experience.  He taught more than 100 courses which include undergrad & grad courses at site as well as online in various Universities (Rutgers – Camden, Temple and Arcadia). He has been the Founder Director of Online Education and Development in Economics Department at Rutgers – Camden from 2013 to 2016 during which the online program in Economics Department gained momentum and acquired significance.

Current Research

Dr. Dasari is currently engaged in a very interesting and contemporary project titled, “A study on issues and challenges of farming community due to land acquisition for new capital city formation in Amaravathi: Andhra Pradesh” with Rajesh C. Jampala, Dean of P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts & Science, India The focus of this study is to understand the impact land pooling scheme on the socio-economic dimensions of farmers, tenant farmers and agriculture labourers of Amaravathi, Andhra Pradesh. As the state government propagating that, after the development of capital city the farmers will be benefited immensely from the appreciation of land value on their share of developed land and availability of more employment opportunities in the region. the study aims at an in depth analysis of various key factors in the land pooling scheme which impact the farming community with respect to their socio-economic conditions and occupational changes. It also tries to understand the issues like rent distribution, wealth creation, employment opportunities resulting from this imitative.

He is also working on converting his pioneering and highly commended Ph.D. work titled, “Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Study from Deltaic Andhra, C. 1866 – 2001” in to a book. Under the broad theme of socio- economic mobility, a pioneering study was conducted in a village in South India both from historic and contemporary perspective.  In this study, the methodology used to collect and analyze historic data was innovative. Historic land data available in the form of survey and settlement registers at various time points 1866, 1900, 1929, land transaction data and field survey data were analyzed to examine the impact of irrigation, the Great Depression, land reforms, green revolution and competitive politics on social mobility in the caste system. This work is a unique contribution to our understanding of social and economic processes in rural India.

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Development Economics
  • Agricultural and Rural Economics
  • Economic History
  • Managerial Economics
  • Globalization and Development
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methodology
  • Village Studies and Field Work

Publications

  • “Dialectics of Female Landownership: A Case Study in Deltaic Andhra, c. 1866 – 2001”, Journal of Rural Development, September, Vol. 35, Issue 4, October – December, 2016 with Tetsuji Yamada
  • “What can emerging markets learn from public long-term care insurance system from a matured country: Experimental Study” in Jakovljevic Mikajlo (ed.), Health Economics and Policy Challenges in Global Emerging Markets, Nova Publishers, New York (2016) with Weihhong Zeng, ChiaChing Chen, Tetsuji Yamada, Joseph Harris III, Osama Hamed, I-Ming Chiu and Tadashi Yamada.
  • “Do Health Reforms Impact Cost Consciousness of Health Care Professionals? Results from a Nation-Wide Survey in the Balkans” Balkan Medical Journal, (January 2016) with Jakovijevic Mihajlo, Vukovic Mira, Chen Chia-Ching, Antunovic Mirjana, Dragojevic-Smic Vikorija, Velickovic-Radovanovic Radmila, Siladji Djendji Miadenovic, Jankoviv Nikola, Rankovic Ana, Kovacevic Aleksandra, Antunovic Marko, Milovanovic Olivera, Markovic Verolijub and Tetsuji Yamada
  • Political Economy of Irrigation Development and Patterns of Spatial Inequalities across Agro-climatic Regions of Krishna District, circa. 1850-2001, Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 31, No. 3, (July – September, 2012).
  • Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Village in Delta Andhra, in Rao G.N., and D.Narasimha Reddy (eds.), Rural Transformation: Perspectives from Village Studies in Andhra Pradesh, Daanish Books, New Delhi (2008)
  • Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Village Case Study in Delta Andhra, in Rao G.N., (Ed) Abstracts of Papers: Village Re-surveys, Kerala Programme on Local Level Development, Thiruvananthapuram, (August, 2002)

Paper Under Review for Possible Publications

  •  “A Method to track Economic Mobility of Castes in South Indian Village, circa 1866 – 2001” Journal of Rural Development, Resubmitted in 2017.

Work-in-Progress

  •  “Functioning of Land Markets during the Great Depression, 1929-38: A Case Study in Delta Village of Andhra Pradesh”
  •  “Economic Mobility of Families: A Study from Deltaic Andhra, circa. 1866 – 2001”

Presentations

  • Changing Patterns of Higher Education in India, presented at Center for Economic Social Studies, Hyderabad, INDIA (August 10, 2009)
  • Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Study from Deltaic Andhra, C.1866-2001, presented at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai- INDIA. (July 14, 2005)
  • Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Study in Deltaic Andhra, C.1866-2001, presented at the Madras School of Economics, Chennai, INDIA. (October 17, 2003)
  • Land, Caste and Economic Mobility: A Case Study from Delta Andhra, presented at Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai as a part of Village Re-surveys project by Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development, Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA.( August 30, 2002)
  • Dynamics of Land and Caste in a Deltaic Village: A Case Study of Nandivada in Krishna District, presented at Warrangal, INDIA. (October 30, 1999)

Research Experience

  • Consultant, the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (2008 – 2010)
  • Consultant, the World Bank, 1818 H Street NW Washington DC USA (2005 – 2008)
  • Research Fellow, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, INDIA  (2001 – 2004)
  • Research Fellow, Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development, Thiruvanathapuram, INDIA (1998 – 2003)

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Economics Department, Rutgers University – Camden, Fall 2012 to Present.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Rutgers University – Camden, Spring 2012
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Temple University, Fall 2011 – Spring 2012.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Spring 2011, Fall 2011.
  • Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Temple University, Spring 2011.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor – Business, Economics & Health Dept. and Mathematics Dept. Arcadia University, Summer 2010 – Spring 2011.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor – Fox School of Business, Statistics Department, Temple University, Spring 2008 – Fall 2010

Courses Taught

  • American Economy
  • Biostatistics for Health Professionals
  • Business Statistics
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Reasoning & Applications
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • International Trade
  • Managerial Economics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Public Finance

Professional and University Services

  • Founder Director, Online Education and Development, Department of Economics, Rutgers University – Camden, 2013 to 2016.
  • Senator, Rutgers University, 2013 to 2019.
  • Member, Academic Standards, Regulations and Admissions Committee, Rutgers University, 2013 to 2019.
  • Member, Academic Policy and Course Study Committee, Rutgers – Camden, 2015 to 2018.
  • Member, Commencement Speaker and Honorary Doctorate Recipient Committee, 2016 to 2017 & 2017 to 2018.
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee- Building on Faculty Excellence, Rutgers University, Spring 2014
  • Member, Academic Council, Madras Institute of Development Studies, India, 2003 – 2004.
  • Member, Scholarship Selection Committee for Economically Backward Students, P.B. Siddhartha College of Arts and Science, India, 1993 – 1994

Grants and Fellowships

  • GE Human Capital Fund was approved to undertake research on “Higher Education in India” with Dr. Devesh Kapur, 2008-2009.
  • Learning Beyond Averages (LBA) funding by World Bank was approved for a joint-work titled ‘Tracking Land and Caste Mobility in an Indian Village 1866-2001’, with Dr. Vijayendra Rao, 2005-2006.
  • Ford Foundation fellowship at Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai, INDIA, 1998-2001.
  • Institute fellowship at Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA, 1996 – 1998.

Field Experience

  • 18 months of field work on land, caste and economic mobility in a village in Andhra Pradesh in South India, 2001-2003.
  • 6 months of field work on operation of land markets in a village in Andhra Pradesh South India, 1997-1998.