My name is Krisna Gupta. My friends called me Krisna or Imed, and I suggest you to do the same! I am an economics PhD students at Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University (Check out my profile page here). My research is about the impact of trade and investment liberalization, in particular to Industries in Indonesia. I hold a master degree in economics from Universitas Indonesia and VU University Amsterdam. it was a joint degree.

My research revolves really around Indonesia. Having a background in planning division in Indonesian Ministry of Industry, I am drawn to policies on trade and industry and how they can help Indonesia grow using manufacturing as its driver. Trade Agreements, Global Value Chain, Non-Tariff Measures and investment policies are among things I read a lot about. I use both structural model such as CGE (mainly GTAP Model) and empirical econometrics, mostly panel data regression and PPLM, a relatively recent method in gravity model. COVID-19 skewed my activity a little bit, that is, I wrote quite a lot on COVID-19 in Indonesia.

I was a bureaucrat at Ministry of Industry in Indonesia, working in planning and evaluation division, before pursuing a master degree. Not too long after I finished my master degree, I switch to academic career path, became a lecturer (fungsional dosen) at Politeknik APP Jakarta, a diploma school under Ministry of Industry. My plan after finishing my PhD is to go back to Politeknik APP.

I blog for fun, mostly in Indonesian, with some english exception. Check out my previous medium blog. My main hobby is singing. I take my guitar and bug my wife with my voice when I am bored or sad or happy. I love J-Rocks (L`arc~en~ciel and One OK Rock in particular) and alternatives (anything play in F,G,or A 😆), but also listens to mainstreams. Check out the Hobby tab if you wanna know how bad i am 🤣

I am an ocassional gamer, still watch DotA 2 tournaments although I play it no more, and sometimes play mobile legends with friends (I suck at these games btw). Sport is also something I enjoy, with cycling as my main sport activity and main mode of transport.

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Research & Publications

Journal Article

  • Gupta, Krisna. (In press). “The Importance of Financial Liberalisation to Economic Growth: The Case of Indonesia”. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Study. DOI: 10.1080/00074918.2020.1747596

Book Chapter

  • Gupta, Krisna (2020). “Industri 4.0 Sebagai Solusi Daya Saing Industri Indonesia?”. In Denny Irawan, Wasisto Raharjo Jati, Oscar Karnalim, Asrul Sidiq (ed.). Jakarta: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia. ISBN: 978-602-433-918-0

Book Review

  • Gupta, Krisna. (2020). “World Trade Evolution: Growth, Productivity and Employment ‐ edited by Lili Yan Ing and Miaojie Yu”. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature. https://doi.org/DOI:10.1111/apel.12291


  • Gupta, Krisna. 2020. “Managing investment, trade deficit: are omnibus law panacea for growth?”. The Jakarta Post Academic Opinion. Link
  • Pasaribu, Donny and Krisna Gupta. 2020. “Will IA-CEPA be the boost to Australia-Indonesia relations leaders are banking on?”, Indonesia At Melbourne. link
  • Patunru, Arianto and Krisna Gupta. 2020. “Indonesia’s PPE export ban backfires”, East Asia Forum. link
  • Pasaribu, Donny and Krisna Gupta. 2020. “COVID-19 punishes Indonesian commodity exporters”. East Asia Forum. link
  • Gupta, Krisna and Andree Surianta. 2020. “IA-CEPA will not solve Indonesia’s FDI problem”. East Asia Forum. link
  • Patunru, Arianto and Krisna Gupta. 2020. “COVID-19 dan Anjloknya Indeks PMI Indonesia: Uraian Singkat untuk Menteri Perindustrian, Republik Indonesia”. Indonesia Project, ANU. link


  • Gupta, Krisna. 2020. “Trade and industry policy in the times of COVID-19: an observation in Indonesia”. Indonesia Project Global Seminars Series.link

Teaching Experience

Lecturer at Politeknik APP Jakarta

  • Business Statistics (2016-2017)

Tutor at Australian National University

  • POLS3025 Contemporary Political Analysis, using STATA in political analyses (2017)
  • ECON3101 Microeconomics 3 (2018-2020)
  • ECON2102 Macroeconomics 2 (2019)
  • EMET3008 Applied Macro and Financial Econometrics (2020)

Teaching Assistant at Universitas Indonesia

  • Macroeconomics 2 (2016)
  • Microeconomics 2 (2015)

Awards, Fellowship, Prizes