Ashok Kotwal was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Ideas for India.
Ashok Kotwal was a Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He served as the Head of the Department from 1995-2000 and as the Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research at the University of British Columbia from 2003-08. His research focused on development issues such as: the process of poverty decline, labour and credit markets in developing countries, the role of agriculture in development, the role of international trade, and rural governance. More recently, he was engaged in the study of poverty alleviation schemes such as Public Distribution System and MGNREGA (Employment Guarantee Act). Prof Kotwal passed away in April 2022.