Jean Drèze

Jean Drèze is a Belgian-born Indian development economist who has been influential in the economic policy making of his country.

He studied mathematical economics at the University of Essex and did his Ph.D. (economics) at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has taught at the London School of Economics and holds an Honorary Professorship at the Delhi School of Economics.

His work in India include issues like hunger, famine, gender inequality, child health and education, and the NREGA.

His co-authors include Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen, with whom he has written on famine, Nicholas Stern, with whom he has written on policy reform when market prices are distorted and Nobel laureate in economics Angus Deaton. He is currently an honorary Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, Ranchi University. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of India in both first and second term.

Content by Jean Drèze
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    IGC in conversation with Jean Drèze: The impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in India

    Shahid Vaziralli (IGC Head of Research Programme) interviews Jean Drèze about the impact of COVID-19 in India and how social protection policies, such as food transfers, can prevent millions from falling into ultra-poverty.

    15 May 2020

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    The tale and maths of universal basic income

    Commenting on the discussion on universal basic income in the recently released Economic Survey, Jean Drèze argues that UBI is an idea whose time will come, but that time is still quite distant as far as India is concerned. The Economic Survey 2016-17, released on 31 January, gives a much-awaited view of the government’s (or at least the Chief Economic Adviser’s)...

    20 Feb 2017 | Jean Drèze

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    Making Aadhaar compulsory jeopardises privacy rights

    “I am not aware that this has been thought through” – Jean Drèze speaks to Pragya Tiwari about the new Aadhaar Act In March, the Aadhaar Bill was passed, empowering the government to use the Unique Identity scheme for delivering subsidies and services and potentially enabling it to require that citizens enroll. However, the bill has come under significant...

    18 Aug 2016 | Jean Drèze, Pragya Tiwari