Debasis joined the Department in August 1993 from the University of Minnesota where he completed his PhD in the field of Macroeconomics. Previously he graduated MA in Economterics from University of Florida (1985) after a B.Sc (Hons.) Economics from Presidency College, University of Calcutta (1984). His PhD Dissertation Title was “Distribution of Human Capital, Income Inequality and the Rate of Growth” adjudicated by Professors Timothy J. Kehoe (Adviser), Edward C. Prescott (Chair), Richard Rogerson, Mahmood Zaidi (External), and Vernon Ruttan (External). He won the Walter W. Heller ‘Outstanding Teaching Award’ for teaching undergraduate macroeconomics at the University of Minnesota. In 1997 he received the Marsden Research Grant in Economics from the Royal Society of New Zealand. His main research interest focuses on the relationship between the distribution of human capital and economic growth. His recent research output include models of macroeconomic productivity, migration and social security in dynamic general equilibrium framework and analyses of economic policies in those models, which are calibrated to the New Zealand economy.