Economic Research Foundation (ERF) is a registered not-for-profit trust engaged in research, training and the dissemination of information and analysis in the area of development economics. It seeks to evolve alternative policies aimed at alleviating deprivation and to build capacity for formulating and implementing such policies. A focus of its activities is the use of information technology to further these ends. Apart from Macroscan, the Foundation maintains two other websites, and on behalf of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs). There has been substantial and growing interest in the Macroscan and IDEAs websites, with networks members sending in comments, responses and articles and research papers for the websites. The studies that are being conducted, dissemination activities that are being organized, and debates being furthered by ERF are expected to influence in myriad ways both the policy discourse and policy making in developing countries in Asia.

Research undertaken by ERF is coordinated by Prof. C.P. Chandrasekhar and Prof. Jayati Ghosh, and is supported by a team consisting of economists, researchers and other support staff including web managers, etc. It also organises various activities in the form of conferences, workshops and seminars in India and in other countries, to encourage alternative research and dissemination of the research findings, as well as greater interaction and academic contact at a personal level.

ERF is registered under Sub-Registrar VII, New Delhi, Government of India and is also registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976. The trust has blanket clearance from the Home Ministry, Government of India under the FCRA to receive foreign contributions.

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