Shaibal Gupta is the Founder Member Secretary of the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) in Patna, Bihar. He is also the Director of the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance (CEPPF), which has been set-up in ADRI by the Government of Bihar as a dedicated centre for research on public finance. He is the best known expert on the politics and economics of Bihar. His research focuses on the structure of the Bihar economy as well as on various development issues in Bihar with a political economy perspective. Dr Gupta has worked on various research projects with the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex; International Labour Organisation, World Bank and London School of Economics. He has held advisory positions in various committees set-up by the Bihar State Government.