Ravikiran mainly works in applied labour economics, the economics of informal employment and enterprises and socio-economic inequality.
As part of his work with the PEAK Urban project at IIHS, he was involved in analysing industrial transformation in Bangalore city and its impact on the economy and labour market.
He submitted his PhD thesis to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. In this he analysed the extent of intergenerational economic mobility in India with particular focus on the role of human capital and family formation.
Ravikiran describes his PEAK Urban research