Former Senior Economist
The Conference Board
Abdul Erumban is a senior economist at The Conference Board. He is responsible for developing and managing research projects on productivity and long-term economic projections.
His research centers on the fields of productivity, technological change, digital transformation and its impact, globalization, global value chains, international comparisons of economic development, and structural change. With extensive experience in data construction, analysis, research, and policy analysis, he has worked on the measurement and analysis of productivity, with a special focus on different aspects of measuring capital for productivity analysis. He has been actively participating in the KLEMS initiatives (EU KLEMS, Asia KLEMS, and World KLEMS), which seeks to understand productivity dynamics in world’s major economies. His recent research at the Conference Board includes digital transformation, labor and skill shortages in Emerging Asia, prioritizing productivity and global economic outlook. In the past, he has worked on issues related to productivity and structural change in many advanced countries, developing Asia, and the BRIC countries. He maintains a special interest and understanding of issues related to Indian economy.
He received his master’s degree in applied economics from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India, and his PhD in economics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He has published articles in academic and business journals, including Journal of Economic Perspectives, Review of Income and Wealth, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Journal of World Business. He has also contributed chapters to a number of books.
Before joining The Conference Board, he worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, where he taught international economics, statistics, and research methods. He still continues his association with the University, on a part time basis, where he teaches Comparative Country Studies and also supervises student theses. In the past, he has also worked on consultancy for The Conference Board and OECD on several projects, including the OECD India Economic Survey-2006, analyses of Turkish economic growth and competitiveness, and ICT and economic growth. He has also been involved in global value chain analysis of the European Commission project WIOD at the University of Groningen.