Efficiency expert a citizen of the world
Subal Kumbhakar traveled a long road to Binghamton University, from a remote village in India, a community so small that in ninth grade Kumbhakar did not have the traditional choice of studying the sciences.
Kumbhakar was, however, one of five students chosen for a special math class.
Today, as a distinguished professor of economics at Binghamton University, Kumbhakar's the one challenging young people to grasp new concepts in mathematics as they relate to statistics and econometrics.
He’s also pioneering new ideas related to productivity and efficiency through his research.
Kumbhakar has worked in such diverse areas as agriculture, banking, fishing, manufacturing, transportation and public utilities in countries including Sweden, Spain, Romania, China, India, Japan and the United States.
His ideas are being put to practical use by governments examining the efficiency of public services such as water and electric utilities and the rail system. Private efficiency studies in several European countries also use Kumbhakar's techniques.
"Now some people are benefiting from the methods that I have been working on for many years," he said. "This is gratifying."
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