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Kaushik Basu

Former Chief Economist & Senior Vice President of the World Bank

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Kaushik Basu is the former 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 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 the title Padma Bhushan which is one of the highest civilian awards given by the President of India.  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 in academic journals, and has contributed articles to many widely read magazines and newspapersHe has written several books including ‘Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics’ (Princeton University Press and Penguin); and ‘An Economist in the Real World: the Art of Policymaking in India’ (MIT Press).
Mr. Basu holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He has received honorary doctorates from several institutes, including IIT, Mumbai, and Fordham University, New York.
Mr. Basu is currently President-Elect of the International Economic Association and will take over as President from 2017.