Anil K. Bera

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Anil K. Bera
Born1955
NationalityUnited States
Alma materRamakrishna mission Residential College, Calcutta University (B.Sc.)
Indian Statistical Institutes (Master)
Australian National University (Ph.D.)
Known forJarque-Bera test
Scientific career
FieldsEconomics
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1991-present
American Statistical Association 1996-1998
Econometric Society since 1979

Anil K. Bera (born 1955) is an Indian econometrician. He is Professor of Economics at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign's Department of Economics. He is most noted for his work with Carlos Jarque on the Jarque–Bera test.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anil K. Bera was born in a remote village Paschimchak, West Bengal, India. His father was a doctor who charged no formal fees from his patients and relied on voluntary contributions. Bera was living with his seven brothers and two sisters at that time. His mother never went to school but she appreciated and understood the importance of education. She always made sure that Bera never missed a day of school or arrived late.

Education and career[edit]

Bera attended his village schools, Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission Residential College, and the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta and Delhi. In 1971, he was admitted to Ramkrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur in 1971 to do an Honors in Statistics with Physics and Mathematics as auxiliary subjects. Bera received a B.Sc. from Calcutta University in 1975 in Statistics (First Class), a master's degree from Indian Statistical Institute in 1977 in Econometrics and Planning (First Class), and a Ph.D. in 1983 from Australian National University (Phd Aspects of Econometric Modeling). He was also a CORE Fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Bera is named to the List of Teachers Rated as Excellent almost every semester he teaches. He received the Economics Graduate Students’ Organization (EGSO) Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching eight times since 1989, the College of Commerce Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching in 1991 and Honorable Mention of the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2005. He visits his hometown regularly, and is currently engaged in some development projects, such as building a Free Library and a Primary School building. Established and running a Free Learning Center for needy children in village Paschimchak (West Midnapore, India) under A. Bera Center for Development and Education (ABCDE), since January 2020. ABCDE now has 80 students and 10 teachers.

Academic honors[edit]

  • Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Empirical Economics and Social Sciences (ICEESS), December 12 – 13, 2020, Bandırma Onyedi Eylül University, Turkey.
  • Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Webinar Lecture, RKMR College, October 16 2020, Narendrapur India.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Seminar on Contemporary Issues of Development in the Backward Region of India, February 17 – 18, 2020, Department of Economics, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India.
  • Public Lecture, 6th Professor Suresh Tendulkar Memorial Lecture, January 29, Symbiosis School of Economics (SSE), Pune, India.
  • Invited speaker, International Conference on Strategic Management, Decision Theory and Data Science, January 4 – 6, 2020, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Calcutta, India.
  • Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Recent Applications of Econometrics in Business and Social Sciences, January 13, 2020, Department of Economics, Pingla College, West Bengal, India
  • Invited speaker, Special Session on Spatial Statistics, 2019 International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) Conference, December 26 – 30, 2019, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India.
  • Invited speaker, C.R. Rao Honorary Session, 2019 International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) Conference, December 26 – 30, 2019, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India.
  • Public Lecture, Professor T.D. Dwivedi Memorial Lecture, Department of Statistics, Concordia University, Canada, October 2019.
  • Invited speaker, 4th workshop on Goodness-of-Fit, Change-Point and Related Problems(GOFCP2019), University of Trento, Italy, September 2019,.
  • Keynote speaker, Workshop RED in Mexico: Challenges of a New Era, Universidad Panamericana and CIDE – RC, Aguascalientes, AGS, Mexico, June 2019.
  • Keynote speaker, The 5th National Scientific Conference on Spatial Econometrics and Regional Economic Analysis, Lodz, Poland, June 2018.
  • Invited speaker, International Conference in Statistics and Probability to Commemorate 125th birth Anniversary of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (PCM 125), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India, January 2018.
  • Keynote speaker, The XVIII International Symposium on Econometrics Operations Research and Statistics, Black Sea Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey, October, 2017.
  • Invited speaker, The World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association, Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore, June, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, International Conference on Econometrics, Turkish Economic Association, Bodrum, Turkey, October 2016.
  • Keynote speaker, European Real Estate Society (ERES) 22nd Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2015.
  • Keynote speaker, The 4th International Conference in Econometrics and Forecasting, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Dalian, China, July 2014.
  • Keynote speaker, The 3rd National Scientific Conference on Spatial Econometrics and Regional Economic Analysis, Lodz, Poland, June 2014.
  • Keynote speaker, The 2nd National Scientific Conference on Spatial Econometrics and Regional Economic Analysis, Lodz, Poland, June 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, Tsinghua International Conference in Econometrics, Beijing, China, May 2012.
  • Invited speaker, Advances in Econometrics Conference in Honor of Jerry Hausman, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, February 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, 12th International Symposium on Econometrics, Operations Research and Statistics, Denizli, Turkey, June 2011.
  • Keynote speaker, IVth World Conference of the Spatial Econometrics Association, Chicago, June 2010.
  • Keynote speaker, The 1st National Scientific Conference on Spatial Econometrics and Regional Economic Analysis, Lodz, Poland, June 2010.
  • Fellow, spatial Econometrics Association, 2007-current.
  • Honorable mention, Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, 2005.
  • Economics Graduate Students’ Organization Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching: 2003, 2004, 2008.
  • Lansdowne Visitor, University of Victoria, Canada, March 2000.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1995.
  • College of Commerce Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching, 1991.

Selected publications[edit]

Books

Papers

Community[edit]

Community Services in U.S.A

  • Delivered Commencement Address, University High, 2010.
  • Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) Board Member, University High School, 2008-2009, 2009-2010.
  • Invited for a talk, “A Century of Micro-banking: 1905-2006: From Tagore to Yunus,” at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, Urbana, November 2006. The talk helped raising funds for the Foundation for International Community Assistance (FINCA), 2007.
  • Principal Organizer, Tagore Festival, Urbana, 2005, 2006.
  • Member of the Tagore Festival Committee, Urbana, 2003, 2004.
  • Vice President, Board of Directors, Robeson Meadow Homeowners Association, Champaign, Illinois, 1995-1996.
  • President, East-Central Illinois Bengali Association, 1994-1995.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Robeson Meadow Homeowners Association, Champaign, Illinois, 1993-1995.
  • Founding Member and Secretary-Treasurer of the East-Central Illinois Bengali Association, 1987-1989.
  • Secretary-Treasurer of the Indian Cultural Society of Urbana-Champaign, 1986.

Community Services in India

  • Established and running a Free Learning Center for needy children in my village Paschimchak (West Midnapore, India) under A. Bera Center for Development and Education (ABCDE), since January 2020.
  • Built classrooms for the Paschimchak Primary School, Midnapore, 2003-2005.
  • Built Dr. H.P. Bera Memoria Free Library in Jalchak, Midnapore, India, May 2004.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bera, Anil K (2003). "The ET interview: Professor C.R. RAO: Interviewed by Anil K. Bera, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Econometric Theory. 19 (2): 331–400. doi:10.1017/s0266466603192067. S2CID 122667666.
  2. ^ Bera, Anil K; Higgins, Matthew L (1993). "Arch Models: Properties, Estimation and Testing". Journal of Economic Surveys. 7 (4): 305–366. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6419.1993.tb00170.x.
  3. ^ Higgins, M. L; Bera, A. K (1992). "A Class of Nonlinear Arch Models". International Economic Review. 33 (1): 137–158. doi:10.2307/2526988. JSTOR 2526988.
  4. ^ Jarque, Carlos M; Bera, Anil K (1987). "A Test for Normality of Observations and Regression Residuals". International Statistical Review / Revue Internationale de Statistique. 55 (2): 163–172. JSTOR 1403192.
  5. ^ Bera, Anil K; Jarque, Carlos M; Lee, Lung-Fei (1984). "Testing the Normality Assumption in Limited Dependent Variable Models". International Economic Review. 25 (3): 563–578. doi:10.2307/2526219. JSTOR 2526219.
  6. ^ Bera, Anil K; Jarque, Carlos M (1982). "Model specification tests: A simultaneous approach". Journal of Econometrics. 20 (1): 59–82. doi:10.1016/0304-4076(82)90103-8.

7. Bera, Anil K. "Paschimchak to Champaign: A Long Journey". Mimeo.

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