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Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank

Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President (Development Economics) and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

Prior to this, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell University where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies.

Mr. Basu is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and received India’s Padma Bhushan award as well as the National Mahalanobis Memorial award. Mr. Basu’s contributions span development economics, welfare economics, industrial organization and game theory.

In addition to Cornell, he has taught at the Delhi School of Economics, Harvard, Princeton and MIT. He has published widely, including more than 160 papers in refereed journals and scholarly volumes, and has contributed articles to many widely read magazines and newspapers. He has authored several books including Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a new Economics (Princeton University Press and Penguin).

Mr. Basu holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He is the second World Bank Chief Economist from a developing country and the first from India.
  • Lectures and Presentations

  • Video: Sept 11, 2014, Kaushik Basu Interviewed by Ken Rogoff, Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2014, World Economic Forum, Tianjin, People's Republic of China  Read More » »

  • Opening Remarks: June 2, 2014, Development Economics and Method: A Quarter Century of ABCDE, ABCDE 2014, Washington, D.C.  Read More » »

  • 5-lecture Course: January, 2014, Introduction to Game Theory and Strategic Thinking, George Washington University.  Read More » »

  • Op-ed: Oct 7, 2013, Reason and the End of Poverty, Project Syndicate.  Read More » »

  • Address (Transcript): Aug 10, 2013, Conferment of Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.  Read More » »

  • Video Interview: May 31, 2013, Emerging Economies and the Global Crisis, festival ECONOMIA trento, Trento, Italy.  Read More » »

  • Lecture: May 31, 2013, Emerging Nations and the Evolving Global Economy, festival ECONOMIA trento, Trento, Italy.  Read More » »

  • Address: May 19, 2013, A Paean to Reason and Empathy (Transcript), Fordham University, New York.  Read More » »

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