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Prof. Ravikiran Naik
Assistant Professor - Economics
Email: ravikiran.naik@flame.edu.in
Prof. Ravikiran Naik, PhD in Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2020; Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, 2010; BA, Economics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, 2005;

Prof. Ravikiran Naik is an Assistant Professor – of Economics. He received his Doctorate Degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and has completed his master's in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics-Pune. He was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore.

Prof. Ravikiran has over nine years of work experience and was associated with the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), and Christ University- Lavasa.

He is an applied economist by training and has a keen interest in the research areas involving Labor Economics, Informal employment and Entrepreneurship, Intergenerational economic mobility, and economics of education. 

He has published peer review articles in national & international journals. He has also co-authored a book titled ‘Women Entrepreneurs in The New Indian Middle Class: Macro & Micro Perspectives. 

Prof. Ravikiran’s teaching interests include Labour economics, Microeconomics, Public Economics, Law, and Economics. His teaching approach is based on a pluralist/ heterodox approach to foster constructive debate around emerging issues in economics.


Research and Publications:

  • Yadav, V., Unni, J., Naik, R., & Dutta, S. (2022). Gender Differentials in Entrepreneurship: Insights from a Multi-method Study. The Journal of Entrepreneurship, 31(1), 30-64.

  • Naik, R., & Unni, J. (2013). Employment Vulnerability In The Urban Labor Market In India. Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 56(4).

  • Unni, J., & Naik, R. (2013). Measuring Informality Of Employment In Urban India. Indian Journal of Labor Economics, 56(4).

  • Unni, J., & Naik, R. (2011). Rural structural transformation: The case of the services sector in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 196-200.


  • Unni, J., Yadav, V., Naik, R., & Dutta, S. (2021). Women entrepreneurship in the Indian middle class: Interdisciplinary perspectives. CQUniversity.

  • Unni, J., & Naik, R. (2014). Gujarat’s employment story: growth with informality in Indira Hirway. Growth or development: which way is Gujarat going, 270-299.

  • Gender Differentials in Expansion of Informal Enterprises in India, Jeemol Unni, Ravikiran Naik.

  • Changing Structure and Geography of Urban Employment in India: Jeemol Unni, Ravikiran Naik.

  • Informality, Educational Mismatch and Returns to Education In India.

  • Intergenerational Economic Persistence In India & Role of Assortative Marriages.


  • 28th International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) Annual Conference, June 27‑29, 2019 Glasgow Caledonian University: ‘Dualistic Structure Of Industry And Growth Of Firms’:Co‑authored With Jeemol Unni.

  • 60th Annual Indian Society of Labour Economics Conference: IGIDR, Mumbai, December17‑18, 2019: ‘Puzzle of Low Return Entrepreneurship and Small Business in India’: Co‑authored With Jeemol Unni.

  • Anniversary Conference: Association of Heterodox Economics (AHE), Leicester University, July,5‑7, 2018 A Gendered View of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Individual Characteristics And Innovative Enterprises”: Co‑authored With Jeemol Unni.

  • 58th Annual Indian Society of Labour Economics Conference IIT Guwahati November 2325, 2016 ‘Educational Mismatch, Informality and Returns to Education in India”: Co-authored with Jeemol Unni

  • International Conference on “(Persistent) Inequalities Revisited” Monte Verità, Switzerland- July 2631, 2015 ‘Educational Expansion and Social Mobility in India: Origin, Education and Destination’

  • International Conference on “Informal economy, Vulnerabilities and Employment” University of Geneva- February 9‑10, 2012, ‘Informal Economy, Vulnerabilities and Employment in India’