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Indian national named World Bank chief economist senior Vice-president

Saturday, September 8th 2012 - 06:41 UTC
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Kaushik Basu has been Chief Economic Adviser of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance and Professor of Economics at Cornell University Kaushik Basu has been Chief Economic Adviser of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance and Professor of Economics at Cornell University

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Indian national Kaushik Basu as the institution’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President.

Basu most recently served as Chief Economic Adviser of the Government of India, Ministry of Finance while on leave from his position as Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.  He also served as Chairman of Cornell’s Department of Economics and Director of Cornell’s Center for Analytic Economics and headed the Program on Comparative Economic Development.

”Having worked in a Ministry of Finance, in addition to his impressive academic achievements, Kaushik is uniquely suited to help us offer evidence-based solutions and advice to client countries and provide innovative excellence in leading our development research,” said Jim Yong Kim.  “Kaushik brings first-hand experience from a developing country and will be a terrific asset to the institution.”

Basu, who holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, founded the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics in 1992 and is a founding member of the Madras School of Economics. He has held visiting professorial positions at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, the London School of Economics, and MIT.

Basu has published widely and his contributions to the field span development economics, welfare economics, industrial organization, and public economics. His books include Analytical Development Economics (1997, MIT Press), Prelude to Political Economy: a Study of the Social and Political Foundations of Economics (2000, Oxford University Press), and Of People, Of Places: Sketches from an Economist’s Notebook (1994, Oxford University Press) and Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics (2011, Princeton University Press and Penguin).

Basu is a fellow of the Econometric Society and has been awarded India’s National Mahalanobis Memorial Award.  In May 2008 the president of India awarded Basu one of the country’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, for “distinguished service of high order”.
 

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    His nationality isn't important, its his policies that will matter to the world's poorest people...

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 06:04 am 0
  • ChrisR

    @1

    Being racist again I see.

    Nothing in the article mentions his ethnicity.

    As an economist of course he will not have 'policies'. That would mean him making his mind up and taking responsibilty for his decisions: that will NEVER happen.

    Sep 09th, 2012 - 07:11 pm 0
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