Prof. Banik work focuses on the application of time series econometrics in issues relating to international trade, market structure and development economics. He is also interested in the “rules” part of WTO; especially examining non-tariff barriers aspects of GATT/WTO agreements.
Prof. Banik has project experience with Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia; Laffer Associates, USA; KPMG, India; Ministry of Commerce, Government of India; Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi; Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi; Center for Economic Policy Research, UK; Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo; Asian Development Bank, Manila; South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI); UNESCAP-ARTNeT, Thailand, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne; and World Trade Organization, Geneva.
Religion, caste and culture have an important role in determining whether any particular individual is likely to use toilets. Our research demonstrates that Muslim households are 5.4 times more likely to use a toilet than Hindu ones. Even Christian households are 1.3 times more likely to adopt a toilet in comparison to their Hindu counterparts. Hindu households have the lowest coverage of sanitation facilities in comparison to other religions.
The most common and often misleading perception is a stronger patent regime will increase the prices of medicines, hitting the poor harder as they spend a larger portion of their disposable income towards medical treatment. But as we argue in this article, a patent has little or no impact in raising the price of essential drugs.