Dr Keshab Bhattarai

Dr Keshab Bhattarai

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • Hull University Business School


  • PhD


Keshab Bhattarai is a senior lecturer in economics, specialising in general equilibrium analysis of macro and micro economic policy issues and econometrics.

He is involved in teaching advanced macroeconomics, advanced microeconomics and econometric analysis for PhD students, economics and research methods for MSc students, and macroeconomics at undergraduate level.

Dr Bhattarai has also served as an external examiner of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and PhD theses for reputed universities in the UK and abroad.

He has given seminars to other departments and presented papers and chaired sessions regularly in high level conferences including the RES, AEA, EEA, EEFS, AIEFS and IAES.

Led dynamic general equilibrium modelling tasks of the energy sector under the Supergen research project from 2005-2007 in the University of Hull.

Contributed to the dynamic general equilibrium modelling of the US economy with colleagues at the Beaconhill Institute of the Suffolk University, Boston, USA for analysis of tax reform proposals of presidential candidates in the general election 2016 under a large scale grant from the National Council for Policy Analysis in Texas, US. Results of an earlier study on the impacts of fair tax system led to papers for policy debates in 2006-2007 and a publication in the IEEP in 2016.

Invited speaker to universities and institutions in the UK and India, such as UWE and Loughborough Universities in the UK, the Economics and Growth Institute in Delhi, the University of Hyderabad in India, and TU and KU in Kathmandu.



- Dissertation

- Empirical Economics

- Further Economic Analysis


- Advanced Macroeconomics

- Advanced Microeconomics

- Econometric Analysis

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Impacts of Direct and Indirect Tax Reforms in Vietnam: A CGE Analysis

Bhattarai, K., Nguyen, D. T. K., & Nguyen, C. V. (2019). Impacts of Direct and Indirect Tax Reforms in Vietnam: A CGE Analysis. Economies, 7(2), https://doi.org/10.3390/economies7020050

General Equilibrium Impacts of VAT and Corporate Income Tax in Thailand

Benjasak, C., & Bhattarai, K. (in press). General Equilibrium Impacts of VAT and Corporate Income Tax in Thailand. International Advances in Economic Research, 25, 263-276. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11294-019-09742-7

Capital adjustment cost and inconsistency in income-based dynamic panel models with fixed effects

Basu, P., Bhattarai, K., & Getachew, Y. (2019). Capital adjustment cost and inconsistency in income-based dynamic panel models with fixed effects. German Economic Review, 20(4), e1002-e1018. https://doi.org/10.1111/geer.12202

The distributional effects of the Trump and Clinton tax proposals

Haughton, J., Bachman, P., Bhattarai, K., & Tuerck, D. G. (2017). The distributional effects of the Trump and Clinton tax proposals. Atlantic Economic Journal, 45(4), 453-472. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11293-017-9554-6

Impacts of Trump tax reforms on growth, inequality and debt

Bhattarai, K., Haughton, J. H., & Tuerck, D. (2017). Impacts of Trump tax reforms on growth, inequality and debt. 00 Journal not listed, 20-21







Fiscal Policy for Growth, Efficiency and Redistribution in Vietnam: A CGE Analysis


British Academy




1 September 2017



Postgraduate supervision

Dr Bhattarai welcomes applications in

- Tax policy analysis and public finance

- UK, EU and US and other advanced economies

- Developing and emerging economies

- Dynamic CGE and applied microeconomics

- DSGE models and applied macroeconomics

- Finance and growth

- Applied econometrics

Students who Completed PhDs, with me as the first supervisor:

Dr Chonlakan Benjasak: Computable General Equilibrium and Econometric Analyses of Taxation and Finance in Thailand, study leave from Walailak University, Thailand

Dr Resham B. Thapa Parajuli: Liberalisation, growth and redistribution as a process of development

- Dr Abraham Adu (2017) Banking sector efficiency in Ghana: General Equilibrium and Econometric Analysis

- Dr Kennedy Abrokwa (2016) Role of energy sector in the Ghanaian economy

- Dr Dawid Trzeciakiewiecz (2015) Three Essays in Fiscal Policy of the UK: DSGE Analysis

- Dr Emmanuel Okyere (2013) Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis of Economic Policies in Ghana

- Dr Andrew Sloan (2009) Macroeconomic dynamics among UK Regions, HUBS

- Dr Sehm Negm (2009) Free Trade and Economic Growth in Egypt; Tanta University, Egypt

- Dr Mark K Armah (2007) Econometric and General Equilibrium Analysis of Exchange Rate in Developing Economies

- Dr Francesco D Bispham (2006) Panel-Cointegration and Unit Roots and Efficiency of Asymptotic Estimators

- Dr Naveed Hassan Naqvi (2003) The Relationship Between Private and Public Capital and Impact on Economic Growth: The Case of Pakistan

As second supervisor

- Dr Fu Tong (2015) Ex post contract adjustment in public private partnership projects (with Steve Trotter)

- Dr Ahmet Al-Busaidy (2009) Industrial Clustering in Oman (with Steve Trotter)

- Dr Hoessein Panahi (2008) Geographic Proximity and Economic Growth (with Richard Green)

Ph.D. first supervisees who have completed viva:

1. Abdelatif Taloba: Models of economic growth and redistribution in Libya; study leave from Misurata Libya (RR after viva);

2. Xinxing Sima: Economic Growth and Dynamic CGE Analysis in Education and Health Sectors in China from 2000 to 2010; Viva taken in August 2016, revising for resubmission.

3. Egbulonu, Alloysius: The Dynamics of Corruption, Capital Flight and Economic Growth with Panel Evidence from Sub Saharan Africa; self-finance, Viva 19 March 2018, revising for resubmission.

4. Ben-Naser Abdulhamid: Impacts of exchange rate fluctuations on macroeconomic performance in Libya, study leave, University of Misurata Libya. (Viva Nov2019; RR after viva)

5. Thi Kim Dung Nguyen: A CGE model for fiscal and monetary policy analyses of Vietnam; study leave, NEU, Hanoi, Vietnam. (viva 20 Dec 2019).

Current Ph.D. students, supervisees:

1. Binayak Pandit: CGE model of Nepal for optimal fiscal and monetary policy of Nepal ; (jointly with F Perez-Sebastian)

2. Ahmad E Alfar: SEM modelling of the shadow economy of Palestine; (jointly with F Perez-Sebastian) .

3. Apere, Tamara Karela: Building a sustainable path of growth through agriculture in Nigeria; (upgrade planned Jan 2020)

4. Lucky Ossai : Employment generation and agricultural transformation in Nigeria (part time)