Arup Banerji

Director for Operations in the European Union, Europe and Central Asia

Dr. Arup Banerji is the World Bank Director for Operations in the European Union since February, 2016.

Previously, he was the Senior Director and Head of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank Group, and concurrently the Senior Director for the Jobs Group, overseeing the World Bank’s operations, strategy and knowledge work on employment and labor markets, social safety nets, and social insurance/pensions issues.

In his career at the World Bank, he has worked on both country operations and research in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East – on a variety of issues relating to fiscal reforms, employment and labor markets, skills building, social protection systems, social sector reforms, poverty reduction and analysis, institutional reform, public sector reform and governance, economic growth strategies and evaluation of programs.

He is a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and an invited member of three of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils—on Youth Unemployment, on Inclusive Growth and on India. He founded and has co-chaired the global Social Protection Inter-Agency Cooperation Board and is the founding chair of the Solutions for Youth Employment ( public-private global coalition.

He is the principal author of books including Working through the Crisis on global labor market policy responses during the 2009-2011 crises; From Red to Gray on aging populations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; Enhancing Job Opportunities in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; World Development Report 2002 on the role of institutions in global economic development; Better Governance for Development in the Middle East and North Africa; World Development Report 1995 on labor markets; and numerous other refereed journal articles and discussion papers. He also authored Resilience, Equity and Opportunity, the World Bank's 2012-2022 strategy on social protection and labor issues, and oversaw the World Bank's World Development Report 2013 on jobs.

Prior to joining the World Bank, he taught at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies, and at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

  • Social Protection and Labor
  • Jobs and Development