Dr. R. Hema

Dr. R. Hema

Associate Professor

Tel : (91) 044 - 22300304

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Post Doctoral Fellow, Universitywide Energy Research Group, University of California at Berkeley, USA. 1991-92.

Ph.D., Department of Econometrics, University of Madras, India 1989; Dissertation topic: “An Optimum Rate Structure for Electricity in Tamil Nadu”

M.A., Department of Econometrics, University of Madras, India 1981 (Economics/Econometrics)

B.Sc., Stella Maris College, University of Madras, India 1979 (Mathematics with Physics and Statistics)

Research Interests

Energy - Electricity and Renewable Energy - Policy, Institutions, Regulation, Cost and Pricing aspects; Local Infrastructure Financing.


Topics in Applied Economics: Tools, Issues and Institutions, (co-editor with G. Mythili), Academic Foundation, New Delhi, Jan 2005

Research Reports

Tamil Nadu Development Report, Academic Foundation, India (chapters on the power sector and industry), 2005 Social Exclusion from a Welfare Rights Perspective in India, International Institute for Labour Studies, United Nations Development Programme Research Series 106, 1996. (co-author with Paul P Appasamy, S.Guhan, Manabi Majumdar and A. Vaidyanathan)

Empowering the Indian Power Sector: A Road Map, in the edited volume Topics in Applied Economics: Tools, Issues and Institutions, (eds) G. Mythili and R. Hema, Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2005 Regulated Public Trust Utilities, Review of Development & Change vol.1, no.2, July-Dec 1996 Economic Efficiency and Social Goals in Electricity Supply in Tamil Nadu, (with U.Sankar), in the edited volume Themes in Development Economics: Essays in honour of Malcolm S. Adiseshiah (ed) S.Subramanian. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1992 Pricing Options for the Peak Load Problem in Indian Electric Utilities, (with Bhaskar Natarajan), in the edited volume Innovations in the Indian Power Sector: Technologies and Approaches (eds.) Leena Srivastava and R.K.Pachauri. Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd., New Delhi, 1991 An Input-Output Framework for the Manufacturing Sector in Tamil Nadu, MIDS Bulletin, December 1989
Microeconomics, Industrial Regulation .

Institutional and pricing issues for enabling ‘fair’ access to water

Social cost of renewable energy, regulatory and pricing mechanisms to promote ‘optimal’ share of renewable, institutional framework for rural energy access and sustainability

Innovative financing mechanisms for local infrastructure


Betterment Levy for (IT) Information Technology Corridor, Sponsored by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, August 2008.

Greening Incentives for Electricity, Sponsored by the India Canada Environment Facility, New Delhi, March 2008.