Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu is Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. He is the second Chief Economist from a developing country and the first Indian. Prior to this, he served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell where he is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies. Prof. Basu holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He received India’s Padma Bhushan award and the National Mahalanobis Memorial award. His contributions span development economics, welfare economics, industrial organization and game theory. He has taught at the Delhi School of Economics, Harvard, Princeton and MIT, and published widely in refereed journals, scholarly volumes, magazines and newspapers. He has authored several books including Beyond the Invisible Hand.

Content by Kaushik Basu
  • Publication - Project Memo

    Big and small ideas in development economics: theory, evidence and practice (Project Memo)

    9 Feb 2016 | Karthik Muralidharan, Kaushik Basu

  • Blog post

    A conversation on development: Part 2

    Parikshit Ghosh (Associate Professor of Economics, Delhi School of Economics) speaks with Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank and former Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India) on issues ranging from the use of economic knowledge in policy decisions, role of values in public service delivery, to the need for pluralism and tolerance for...

    4 Feb 2016 | Kaushik Basu, Parikshit Ghosh

  • Blog post

    A conversation on development: Part 1

    Parikshit Ghosh (Associate Professor of Economics, Delhi School of Economics) speaks with Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank and former Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India) on issues ranging from the change in World Bank’s mission and its engagement with the world, rising inequality in the developed world, managing the negative...

    4 Feb 2016 | Kaushik Basu, Parikshit Ghosh

  • Blog post

    Big and small ideas in development economics

    Karthik Muralidharan, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California San Diego speaks with Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank and former Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India, on the World Bank’s global development agenda; inequality, and the design of its anti-poverty policies; contribution of recent academic...

    23 Feb 2015 | Kaushik Basu, Karthik Muralidharan