Ravi Kanbur

Ravi Kanbur

  • T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs

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Faculty Expertise

  • Applied Economics
  • Economics
  • Emerging Markets
  • Environmental, Energy and Resource Economics and Policy
  • Ethics
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • International and Development Economics and Policy


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management



Cornell Directory Entry


Ravi Kanbur is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He holds an appointment tenured both at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Department of Economics. He researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He is also published in the leading economics journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, and Economic Journal. The RePEc citation based rankings place him in the top 1% of academic economists in the world.

He is President of the Human Development and Capability Association, past-president of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, chair of the board of UNU-WIDER, co-chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, past member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, and a past member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • 1986 paper with Joseph Stiglitz designated a “classic” by Journal of Economic Inequality (2016)

Recent Courses

  • AEM 9900 - Doctoral-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7900 - Graduate-Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 4970 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 7000 - Individual Study in Applied Economics and Management
  • AEM 8900 - Master's Level Thesis Research
  • AEM 7350/ECON 7350 - Public Finance: Resource Allocation and Fiscal Policy
  • AEM 4980 - Supervised Teaching Experience
  • AEM 6670/ECON 7700 - Topics in Economic Development

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Oxford, 1981
  • MA University of Cambridge, 1979
  • PhM University of Oxford, 1977
  • BA University of Cambridge, 1975