Vijayendra Rao

  • Lead Economist
  • World Bank



Vijayendra (Biju) Rao is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, works at the intersection of scholarship and practice. He integrates his training in economics with theories and methods from anthropology, sociology and political science to study the social, cultural, and political context of extreme poverty in developing countries.

He leads the Social Observatory, an interdisciplinary effort to improve the conversation between citizens and governments.