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Payal Malik

Senior Research Fellow



Payal Malik till recently was Adviser, Economics and the Chief Economist at the Competition Commission of India, on special deputation to the Commission for over three years from the University of Delhi, where she currently is an Associate Professor of Economics. At the Competition Commission she had to ensure cohesive and systematic integration of economic analysis into the enforcement of the Competition Act 2002, develop conceptual frameworks and toolkits for handling a range of economic issues that arise in the cases pertaining to anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance and mergers and acquisitions. She also advised the Commission on competition policy across all sectors and interfaced with various arms of the Government and other sectoral regulators for policy related matters. At the office of the Commission Payal advised on several cases related to the Hi-Tech Sector.

Previously she has been a senior consultant at the Center for Infrastructure and Regulation, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), India. At NCAER she has been an Advisor and principal researcher on various infrastructure development projects including Telecom, Electricity, Highways, and Water and Sanitation. At NCAER and LIRNEasia, Payal worked extensively on issues related to India’s Universal Service Obligation fund, Spectrum management policies, licensing policies and institutional dimensions of regulation and competition. Her engagement with the office of the Administrator USF resulted in policy dialogues, several publications and Conference presentations. Her USO research was cited at an expert testimony given to the FCC by Technology Policy Institute, Washington D.C.

Her expertise is in economics of Network Industries such as power, telecommunication and water, Regulation and New Institutional Economics, ICT sector and Innovation systems, Technology Policy, Infrastructure policy and Competition policy.

Her research and professional collaborations have been with NCAER, Delhi, OECD, Orbicom, IDEI, University of Toulouse, University Of Québec at Montreal, CEPR, JRC, European Commission, IPTS Seville, ICEGEC, Hungary, Department of Information Technology, TRAI, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Planning Commission of India, CSO, India, WSP-SA, World Bank and AFD, Paris.

She has written both for professional journals as well as for the economic press. Currently she is a referee for the Information Technologies and International Development journal and Telecommunications Policy journal. She is also a board member of CPRsouth, a capacity building think tank that mentors young scholars in the area of communications policy research and also represented CPRsouth at EuroCPR.


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