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Dr. Kaushik Basu

Current Position

Professor of Economics and

Carl Marks Professor of International Studies,

Cornell University

Academic Advisory Board, Plaksha



Education

The London School of Economics and Political Science

(M.Sc., Ph.D. Economics) 

St. Stephens College (B.A. Hons. Economics)



Bio

Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and C. Marks Professor at Cornell University. He was earlier the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

Kaushik is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and received the title Padma Bhushan which is one of the highest civilian awards given by the President of India. His contributions span development economics, welfare economics, industrial organization and game theory.


Research Works:

"A Simple Model of the Financial Crisis of 2007-9 with Implications for the Design of a Stimulus Package," CAE Working Paper, 09-11, 2009.

"The Mechanics of Central Bank Interventions in Foreign Exchange Markets," CAE Working Paper, 09-02, 2009.

"Child Labor and Household Wealth: Theory and Empirical Evidence of an Inverted-U," Journal of Development Economics, 2009, forthcoming.

"Children, Education, Labor and Land: In the Long Run and Short," (with Talia Bar), Journal of the European Economic Association, 2009, Vol. 7, pp. 487-497.

"Is Product Boycott a Good Idea for Controlling Child Labor? A Theoretical Investigation," (with Homa Zarghamee) Journal of Development Economics, 2009, Vol. 88, pp. 217-220.

"Literacies, Identities and Social Change: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literacy and Development (joint w/Bryan Maddox and Anna Robinson-Pant), Journal of Development Studies, 2008.



Publications:

The Retreat of Democracy and Other Itinerant Essays on Globalization, Economics and India, Permanent Black, 2007.

An Italian translation of this book, Ele Bele: India e le illusioni della democrazia globale, is to be published by Laterza and Figli, Rome, 2008.

(editor, with Ravi Kanbur), Arguments for a Better World, Essays in Honour of Amartya Sen. Volume 1: Ethics, Welfare and Measurement, Oxford University Press, 2008, forthcoming.

(editor, with Ravi Kanbur), Arguments for a Better World, Essays in Honour of Amartya Sen. Volume 2: Development, Society and Institutions, Oxford University Press, 2008, forthcoming.

(editor, with Bryan Maddox and Anna Robinson-Pant), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literacy and Development, Routledge, London, forthcoming.


Awards:

Padma Bhushan, 2008, conferred by the President of India.

Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy, 2013. 

Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse, College Historical Society, Trinity College, Dublin, conferred in November 2014. 

Fellow, BREAD, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development 

Associate, THRED, Theoretical Research in Development Economics. 

Fellow, IZA Bonn, till 2018