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Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank, Development Economics and Chief Economist

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.
  • Events and Views

  • Event: Apr 25, 2015, Cornell & Global Poverty Reduction: Philanthropy, Policy and Scholarship, Cornell University  Read More »

  • Roundtable: Apr 20, 2015, The Global Future of Development: Lessons Learned and Paths Forward , World Bank-Georgetown University Joint Event  Read More »

  • Lecture: Apr 13, 2015, Why Are Laws So Poorly Implemented? From Policymaking in India to Models of Law and Economics, University of Chicago  Read More »

  • Lecture: Apr 7, 2015, Development Economics: The Big Open Questions, Georgetown University  Read More »

  • Video blog: Mar 26, 2015, Malaysia’s rapidly developing economy  Read More »

  • Lecture: Mar 3, 2015, Amartya Sen Lecture on 'Law, London School of Economics  Read More »

  • Interview: Feb 17, 2015, The Global Economy and Emerging Market Trends, Georgetown Public Policy Review  Read More »

  • Lecture: Feb 10, 2015, Global Economic Development: What the Trends Portend, Georgetown University  Read More »

  • Video: Sept 4, 2014, The Origin and Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Poverty and Capability in the Eurozone, HDCA Conference, Athens, Greece.  Read More »

  • Interview: Feb 3, 2015, Big and small ideas in development economics: Theory, evidence and practice, Ideas for India  Read More »

  • Op-Ed: Jan 23, 2015, The State of Global Poverty, Project Syndicate   Read More »

  • 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 »

  • Video: June 29, 2014, Institutions, Law and Development, UNU WIDER International Development Conference, Hanoi, Vietnam  Read More »

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

  • Op-ed: Jan 5, 2014, The Fear of “L”, Project Syndicate.  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 »

  • Op-ed: Apr 23, 2013, Two Policy Prescriptions for the Global Crisis, Project Syndicate.  Read More »

  • Op-ed: Dec 31, 2012, The Emerging Economies’ Eurozone Crisis, Project Syndicate.  Read More »

  • Op-ed: Sep 21, 2010, Prescription Financial Products, Project Syndicate.  Read More »

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