Ankit Bhatia is a Research Associate with the Land Rights Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. His broad areas of research include the political economy of imperfect markets and economics of legal structures. He is particularly interested in understanding the regulatory framework of land markets in India, and the comparative assessment of political economy structures surrounding the extraction of natural resources.
Since his engagement with the centre, he has contributed to research and published papers on the issue of ‘land acquisition’ in India and the legal regime & political economy of land rights in the ‘scheduled areas’ of India. He is currently involved in the projects related to the empirical assessment of the 'Constitutional Right to Property' and the mapping of a 'comprehensive database of the land-related legislation' in India.
Ankit holds an integrated Bachelors' and Masters' degree in Economics from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur where he was awarded the 'Best Dissertation' both for his bachelors' and masters' dissertations. In the past, Ankit has worked at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, NITI Aayog (erstwhile Planning Commission, Government of India) and Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.