Ayona  Bhattacharjee

Associate Professor

Ayona  Bhattacharjee

Fellow from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) in the area of Economics and Social Sciences, 2010-2015

UGC-NET qualified for Assistant Professor (Economics), 2015

M.A. in Economics, Centre for International Trade & Development (CITD), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU Delhi), 2005-2007

B.Sc. in Economics, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, 2002-2005

Ayona  Bhattacharjee

Nov’17-present: Assistant Professor, International Management Institute (IMI New Delhi)

Jan’16- Oct’17: Assistant Professor, O.P. Jindal Global Business School, Delhi NCR      

Dec’08-May’10: Business Analyst at HSBC Global Analytics, Kolkata.
Domain – Credit Risk (Data analytics)

Jun’07-Dec’08: Associate Consultant at Symphony Marketing Solutions, Bangalore. Domain – Price Promo & Marketing Mix (Market Research Analytics)

PhD Guidance

  • Guiding an FPM scholar at IMI, New Delhi
  • Member of the Doctoral committee for an Economics PhD scholar at Delhi School of Economics

Ayona  Bhattacharjee

Ayona Bhattacharjee is a Fellow from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in the area of Economics and Social Sciences. She obtained her Master's degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and BSc. in Economics from Presidency College, Kolkata. She had also qualified the UGC-NET Exam in Economics. Prior to joining IMI Delhi, she was an Assistant Professor at O.P Jindal Global Business School, where she taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Economics. She also has three years of industry experience in Data Analytics firms. Prior to joining the doctoral program, she was as an associate consultant at Symphony Marketing Solutions (now Genpact) in Bangalore and later, a business analyst with HSBC Analytics, Kolkata.
Her current research interests include issues related to various aspects of healthcare, with a focus on trade in health sector, health worker mobility, technology adoption in health sector, links between health and inequality and so on. She has presented her work at several national and international conferences including health-related conferences organized by iHEA, Health Economists’ Study Group, GLoHMT and others. She has been actively involved in research projects with the UNESCAP, WHO, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), European University Institute (EUI), Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and others. 

Ayona  Bhattacharjee

Journal Publications:

  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Dubey, J. (2023) Can employment empower women in rural India. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, (ABDC B) DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12397
  • Gupta, P., & Bhattacharjee, A. (2022). Trade in vaccines and related inputs: a study of the Asia-Pacific region, Asia-Pacific sustainable development journal Vol.29, No.2 (ABDC B)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Chanda, R. (2023). Trade in health products and population health: A long‐run relation. The World Economy, 46(1), 182-207 (ABDC A) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/twec.13313
  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Awasthi, K. (2022). How Does Education Affect Health Beliefs? A Case of Women in India. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy41(3), 189-201 (ABDC B)
  • Bhattacharjee, A. (2020). Does Population Longevity Attract Foreign Direct Investments in Developing Countries? Global Business Review (ABDC C)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Joshi, R. (2020). Can Your Neighbour’s Education Affect Your Health?. Journal of Health Management, 22(1), 96-102 (Scopus indexed)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., Shin, J. K., Subramanian, C., & Swaminathan, S. (2017). Healthcare investment and income inequality. Journal of health economics56, 163-177 (ABDC A*)


Bhattacharjee, A., & Awasthi, K. (2022). How Does Education Affect Health Beliefs? A Case of Women in India. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 41(3), 189-201 selected for 2022 Best Paper Prize (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/17593441)

Research-related Grants/Scholarships

  • Research Grant from UNESCAP-WHO project titled, “From Lab to Jab: Improving Asia-Pacific’s Readiness to Produce and Deliver Vaccines”, 2021
  • Research Grant from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for a report on “Making India a Heath-tech Hub: Vision Plan 2019-2024” for Asia Health Summit 2019
  • Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) provided student scholarship to present at the Australian Conference of Economists in Brisbane (2015)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) full scholarship to attend “Trade Flows and Trade Policy Analysis Workshop” in Bangkok (2013)
  • Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) full sponsorship to attend a research meeting at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver (2012)

Book Chapters:

  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Gupta, P., (2023) Analyzing Trade Barriers for Vaccines and Vaccines Inputs: Learnings from Asia and the Pacific in “From Lab to Jab Improving Asia and the Pacific’s Readiness to Produce and Deliver Vaccines” by ADBI (forthcoming)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Gupta, P., (2023) Regulatory Framework and Investment in Healthcare Sector in The India Competition and Regulation Report, 2023 by CUTS International, (forthcoming)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., & Gupta, P., (2023) Migration of Health Workforce in the South Asian Region in Routledge Handbook of South Asian Migrations, (forthcoming)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., Datta, B., Chanda, R., (2023) Canadian market for health professionals. In India Migration Report 2024. Routledge India (forthcoming)
  • Bhattacharjee, A., (2022) “Analysing Health professional Mobility from India to Canada” in I. Rajan (ed.), India Migration Report 2022. Routledge, UK. (ISBN 9781032324579) 
  • Gupta, P. & Bhattacharjee, A., (2020) “Service Issues affecting Consumer Behaviour towards E-commerce Purchases in India” in Adhikari (ed.). Services Marketing Issues in Emerging Economies, Springer Nature (ISBN-13:978-9811587863)
  • Bhattacharjee, A. (2018) Migration of Indian health professionals to the European Union (EU): An Analysis of Policies and Patterns in I. Rajan (ed.), India Migration Report 2018: Migrants in Europe; Routledge (ISBN-13: 978-1138498167)
  • Chanda, R. & Bhattacharjee, A. (2014) International Movement of Capital in Health Services in A. J. Culyer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Economics, Vol 2. San Diego: Elsevier; 2014, (ISBN-13: 978-0123756787) pp. 108-118

Working Papers:

  • Gupta, P., & Bhattacharjee, A. (2022). Trade and trade barriers in vaccines and inputs to vaccine production in the Asia-Pacific region. UNESCAP Working Paper No. 218
  • Bhattacharjee, A., Datta, B. & Chanda, R. (2022) "Exploring the Canadian market for Indian health workers". IIM Bangalore Research Paper No. 669 (https://www.iimb.ac.in/node/10712, & https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4190833)
  • Bhattacharjee, A. (2013) Migration of Indian health professionals to selected European nations: The case of Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, CARIM-India Research Report 2013/07, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, San Domenico di Fiesole (FI): European University Institute, https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/29469
  • Bhattacharjee, A. (2012), Migration of Indian Health Professionals to Selected European Nations: The Case of Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden. IIM Bangalore Research Paper No. 375, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2161227 

Other Works:

  • “Trade in COVID-19 related medical products: The Indian experience” with Gupta, P. on Trade Promotion Council of India (2021), available at: https://www.tpci.in/indiabusinesstrade/blogs/trade-in-covid-19-related-medical-products-the-indian-experience
  • “Is India’s Healthcare system prepared for Covid-19?” with D. Mohan, South Asian Voices (Apr’20)
  • “Lessons from Bhutan: managing malaria in Assam” with D. Mohan. Asia & the Pacific Policy Society, Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University (Jan’19)
  • “In pursuit of Excellence, Efficiency and Equity in India’s Higher Education Landscape” with D. Mohan. South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF Comment 103, Sep’17)
  • “Improving India’s Higher Education Landscape” with D. Mohan. South Asian   Voices (Sep’17)
  • “Despite the Clinical Establishments Act, Healthcare in India Has a Long Way to Go” with D. Mohan. The Wire (Jun’17)
  • “India’s Healthcare System Is Becoming More and More Unequal” with D. Mohan. The Wire (Jun’17)
  • “What the latest Human Capital Report means for India” JGBS Business Brief, Vol. 2, Issue 3 (Aug’16)
  • “An Overview of the Medical Tourism Industry in Bangalore, India” with Dr. Prasanna S Saligram, Dr. Valorie A. Crooks, Dr. Ronald Labonté, Mrs. Ashley Schram and Dr. Jeremy Snyder, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2014)

Ayona  Bhattacharjee


  • ISB Public Policy Dialogues, ISB Hyderabad Campus
  • Australasian Public Choice Conference, Perth, Australia
  • Association of Southern European Economic Theorists (ASSET) 2023 Conference, Lisbon
  • New Technologies and the future of work in the global South 2023, Delhi


  • 3rd Ariel conference on The Political Economy of Pubic Policy, at Ariel University, Israel
  • Speaker on panel discussion titled ‘Pandemic, Health needs and Supply-Demand Dynamics – A Look at Health Sector Mobility from India' organized by India Centre for Migration, Ministry of External Affairs (India)


  • Western Economic Association International (WEAI) virtual conference, March 2021


  • GLoHMT, Mauritius in May 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19)


  • 21st Annual INFER Conference in Brussels, Belgium
  • International Conference on Global Health and Medical Tourism: The way forward, IIM Kozhikode


  • Discussant for the Economics and Social Sciences Presentation during IMRDC at IIM Bangalore


  • Moderator & Panelist for Conference on Demonetisation and Emerging Challenges organised by O.P. Jindal Global Business School and Queen’s University Belfast, held at O.P. Jindal Global University


  • 4th PAN-IIM World Management Conference, IIM Ahmedabad   
  • 5th Delhi Macroeconomics Workshop, ISI New Delhi


  • 11th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, ISI New Delhi  
  • 3rd PAN-IIM World Management Conference, IIM Indore
  • Singapore Economic Review Conference, Singapore
  • Australian Conference of Economists 2015, QUT Brisbane 
  • 3rd IGC-ISI Summer School in Development Economics, ISI New Delhi
  • Health Economists' Study Group Meeting, University of Leeds (accepted, not presented)                                


  • International Health Economics Association 10th World Congress, Trinity College Dublin


  • 8th International Conference for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore
  • UNESCAP workshop on Trade Flows and Trade Policy Analysis, Bangkok


  • Simon Fraser University Medical Tourism Research Group organised Workshop on Health Equity Impacts of MT in Developing Countries, SFU Vancouver
  • Special Mention Award at 1st Public Policy Hackathon in Annual CPP conference, IIM Bangalore