Ravi Kanbur

Ravi Kanbur

  • T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Emerging Markets and Development

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


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Ravi researches and teaches in development economics, public economicsand economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis andengagement in international development. He has served on the senior staffof the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He has alsopublished in the leading economics journals, including Journal of PoliticalEconomy, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journalof Economic Theory and Economic Journal.

He is President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association,Chair of the Board of United Nations University-World Institute forDevelopment Economics Research, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of theInternational Panel on Social Progress, member of the OECD High LevelExpert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, Past2President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, past memberof the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, and pastmemberof 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 7350/ECON 7350 - Public Finance: Resource Allocation and Fiscal Policy
  • 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