Ishita Acharyya

Senior Research Economist
Productivity Commission
Public Sector Economist

Government, Academia

A senior research economist at the Productivity Commission, Ishita is currently looking at determinants of access to and outcomes of higher education in Australia. She has very recently completed working on the Commission’s 2018 ‘competition in the financial sector’ inquiry.

Prior to working at the Commission, Ishita worked at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, focusing on both the regulatory impact analysis process and financial regulation. She has also worked on fiscal policy at the Department of Finance, developing costings and projections for the government’s Budget and looking at the impact of changes in macroeconomic factors on the Budget.

Ishita is a committee member of Young Economists ACT, putting together the inaugural Young Economists debate at ACE. She is a founding editor of Quarterly Access, a magazine on international affairs for up-and-coming academics and journalists; and a former coordinator of a refugee support service, Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program, in Melbourne.

Ishita is currently completing her Master of Economics from the Australian National University. She holds Bachelors of Commerce (Hons – economics) and Arts from Monash University, where she has also worked as a research assistant. Outside of economics, her other loves are political philosophy, international affairs, and dancehall.