Professor Anil Deolalikar Named Director of the Public Policy Initiative

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
August 3, 2004
 Professor Anil Deolalikar of the Economics Department has been named Director of the Public Policy Initiative for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside announced Interim Dean Joel Martin.

The Initiative was created in response to the demand for a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based policy analysis of social issues, the need for which become increasingly evident in a political and social landscape that is changing as rapidly as California’s is. The purpose of the Initiative is to inform public discussion by providing careful analysis of the issues and trends that affect public policy.

According to Interim Dean Martin, "this initiative builds on the strong foundation created through previous initiatives launched by several distinguished CHASS scholars, including Dr. Max Neiman and Dr. Richard Sutch." Dean Martin added that "this initiative is intended to foster collaboration among faculty that will lead to major research initiatives focused on public policy.”

Dr. Deolilakar will direct the effort within CHASS, but will also seek to work with non-CHASS institutes, initiatives, and research, in an effort to create an interaction with a community of scholars specializing in public policy, that would be mutually beneficial for the Initiative and the other party.

Dr. Deolalikar received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His areas of expertise include analysis of poverty and poverty-reduction policies in developing countries, economics of education and education-sector reform, and health-care financing and health sector reform in developing countries. He also served as the lead Human Development Economist for the World Bank in India during 2002-03. Dr. Deolalikar has received several awards for research and writing in his field. Currently, he is leading a major regional study on "Attaining the Millennium Development Goals in South Asia."

For a profile of Professor Deolalikar, please visit his faculty profile.

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