Ravi Kanbur

Ravi Kanbur

  • T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs

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Interdisciplinary Theme

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



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Ravi Kanbur 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 has also published in the leading economics journals, including Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory and Economic Journal.

Kanbur is president of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, chair of the Board of United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research, co-chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, past president of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, past member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, and 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)

Academic Degrees

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