Dr. Mahendra Singh Rao did his M.A, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Raj.). His areas of interest are public finance and policies, political economy, governance, child rights and education, population migration, agriculture and food security, and issues of marginalised and vulnerable groups like tribals, dalits and women.
At BARC, he works on research and analysis of the state budget and government policies from the perspective of tribals, dalits, education, agriculture and other social and economic sectors. He also conducts field based sample surveys on various socio-economic issues and writes periodic articles, papers and reports of research studies.