Debraj Ray

Debraj Ray is an Indian-American economist specialized in development economics and game theory. Ray is presently Julius Silver Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Economics at New York University. He is Co-Editor of the American Economic Review. Ray has held long-term positions at Stanford University, the Indian Statistical Institute, and at Boston University, where he was Director of the Institute for Economic Development. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, MIT, the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (Rio de Janeiro), the People’s University of China (Beijing) and the London School of Economics. He is a Research Affiliate of the Instituto de Análisis Económico (Barcelona). Debraj Ray is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal, and a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scientists Award (in the area of mathematics) from the Indian National Science Academy. He received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford and the Gittner Award for Teaching Excellence in Economics at Boston University. He is a Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, University of Oslo.

Content by Debraj Ray
  • Blog post

    Missing unmarried women

    The developing world has notoriously low sex ratios, a phenomenon that has been described as ‘missing women’. This is believed to be driven by parental preferences for sons, sex-selective abortion and different levels of care during infancy. Today's blog shows that these higher rates of female mortality continue into adulthood. It argues that being unmarried,...

    28 Oct 2015 | Siwan Anderson, Debraj Ray

  • Blog post

    (Mis)Leading attack on MNREGA

    Despite high profile calls for phasing out the India government’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), analysis by IGC economists suggests the argument is based on exaggerating the costs of the programme and down-playing the benefits. The case highlights the need for evidence based research to inform public policy

    17 Nov 2014 | Dilip Abreu, Pranab Bardhan, Maitreesh Ghatak, Ashok Kotwal, Dilip Mookherjee, Debraj Ray

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Gender differentials in the seeking of eye care (Working Paper)

    23 Apr 2013 | Rajshri Jayaraman, Debraj Ray, Shing-Yi Wang

  • Project

    Gender Differences in Health Investments: Evidence from Health Care Providers in India

    In many parts of the developing world, notably in India and China, the ratio of women to men is suspiciously low. In developed countries, males outnumber females at birth, but that imbalance begins to redress itself soon after. The combined effect is (or should be) a roughly equal proportion of men and women in the population as a whole. That is not the case in large parts...

    1 Jul 2012 | Debraj Ray, Shing-Yi Wang, Rajshri Jayaraman