Ambar Narayan

Lead Economist, Poverty

Ambar Narayan, a Lead Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank, leads and advises teams conducting policy analysis and research in development from a microeconomic perspective. Topics that he works on include inequality of opportunity, economic mobility, policy evaluation, economic transformation, country diagnostics, and impacts of economic shocks on households. Currently, he provides leadership to teams engaged in country programs in Africa Western and Central region, and global work on the distributional analysis of markets & institutions and the inequality implications of COVID-19. Ambar has been a lead author for several large World Bank studies, including a global report on intergenerational mobility and regional reports on inequality of opportunity. He has authored a number of scholarly publications and working papers, which reflect the eclectic mix of topics he has worked on over the years. He holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University in the United States.


  • Poverty
  • Social Protection and Labor