Maitreesh Ghatak

Maitreesh Ghatak is a Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He is former Managing Editor of the Review of Economics Studies, and is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He is Director of the Economic Organisation and Public Policy programme at STICERD. He previously taught at the University of Chicago, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and is a member of the Board of Directors, as well as Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD).

His work focuses mainly on issues in development economics, public economics and economics of organizations. He was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta (Bachelor’s in Economics), Delhi School of Economics (Master’s in Economics), and Harvard University (PhD in Economics).

Content by Maitreesh Ghatak
  • Blog post

    Is India ready for a universal basic income scheme?

    There are hundreds of poverty alleviation programmes in India, from housing to food, from maternity benefits and child welfare to old-age support. Name a need, add a politician's name or a government title before it and the word Yojana1  after, and you could very well be naming a real government scheme aimed at the poor. Issues with government welfare schemes While...

    29 Sep 2016 | Maitreesh Ghatak

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most dynamic state of them all?

    The forthcoming election, it seems, will be fought mainly on issues of governance and economic performance. To the extent there is a focus on the personalities involved, such as Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal or potential “Third Front” candidates, such as Nitish Kumar or Mamata Banerjee, most of the discussion is about their economic track record or...

    27 Mar 2014 | Sanchari Roy, Maitreesh Ghatak

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Cash versus Kind: Understanding the Preferences of the Bicycle-Programme Beneficiaries in Bihar (Working Paper)

    1 Jul 2013 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Chinmaya Kumar, Sandip Mitra

  • Project

    Cash transfer versus in-kind transfers: A conceptual framework and preliminary evidence

    In the last few decades, there has been a growing interest in the use of cash transfer (CT) programmes as a policy tool to achieve a wide range of developmental goals, in contrast to directly provision by the government. Yet, the Indian government’s plan to replace some of the in-kind transfer (IKT) programmes – which also includes the public distribution system (PDS),...

    1 Apr 2013 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Chinmaya Kumar, Sandip Mitra

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Motivating Knowledge Agents: Can Incentive Pay Overcome Social Distance? (Working Paper)

    14 Dec 2012 | Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, D Rajasekhar, Sanchari Roy

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Land Acquisition for Business and Compensation of Displaced Farmers (Working Paper)

    1 Oct 2011 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Land Acquisition for Business and Compensation of Displaced Farmers (Policy Brief)

    1 Oct 2011 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee

  • Project

    Improving access to and measuring the impact of public health insurance in India

    This paper studies the interaction of incentive pay and social distance in the dissemination of information about a public health insurance programme. The researchers analyse theoretically as well as empirically the effect of incentive pay when agents have pro-social objectives, but also preferences over dealing with one social group relative to another. They also analyse...

    1 Apr 2011 | Erlend Berg, Maitreesh Ghatak, D Rajasekhar, Sanchari Roy

  • Project

    Case study on successful land acquisitions in Bihar

    Over the last few years, large-scale land acquisitions of farmland for business in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have often made headlines because of controversies concerning compensation paid to displaced farmers. This has led to political strife, often leading to the abandonment of profitable projects, thereby dealing a blow to the development process. The issue of...

    1 Jan 2011 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee

  • Project

    Land Acquisition for Business and Compensation of Displaced Farmers

    Over the last few years, large-scale land acquisitions of farmland for business in Africa, Latin America, and Asia have often made headlines because of controversies concerning compensation paid to displaced farmers. This has led to political strife, often leading to the abandonment of profitable projects, thereby dealing a blow to the development process. The issue of...

    1 Apr 2010 | Maitreesh Ghatak, Sandip Mitra, Dilip Mookherjee