Paras Kharel

Paras Kharel is an economist with a decade-long experience in policy-relevant research in the areas of international trade and development. He has been with South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)—a Kathmandu-based think tank known for its research, advocacy, capacity building and sensitization activities in Nepal and the rest of South Asia—since 2007 and is currently its Research Director. He has a PhD in Economics (University of Melbourne) with specialization in international trade and applied microeconometrics. Kharel’s research interests and publications span regional integration, gains from trade, application of structural gravity models, World Trade Organization issues, export competiveness, aid for trade, linkages between trade policy and industrialization, structural transformation, and trade and development issues of least-developed and landlocked countries, with a focus on Nepal and South Asia. He has consulted for national and international organizations. Earlier, he worked as a journalist for five years.

Fields of specialization

Poverty and inequality , Labour markets and employment, Globalization and trade


Title Country Themes
Do out-migration and remittances induce shifts to non-farm entrepreneurship among the left-behind? Evidence from Nepal Nepal Labour markets and employment , Globalization and trade , Entrepreneurship


Dr Paras Kharel
Research Director
South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment

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