Rahul Kumar is a research consultant at the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi, India. He holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and has M.Phil in Applied Economics and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He has been associated with CPPR for the last six years and has assumed different professional roles in the organization. Before being a full-time consultant, Rahul was the Director (Research) at the centre and has guided several projects for the centre. His focus areas of research during the period were liberalization of the liquor industry and promoting private participation in higher education. Some of these works have received widespread media coverage at the national level. Prior to working at CPPR, Rahul has been part of the Knowledge Management team at Ernst & Young (Technopark, Trivandrum, India). He has also worked as a researcher with International SOS (New Delhi). Currently, he teaches economics for graduate students.