T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs
International Professor of Applied Economics and Management
Professor of Economics
- Applied Economics and Management
- Regional Science
- Doctorate University of Oxford, 1981
- Master's Degree University of Cambridge, 1979
- Master of Philosophy University of Oxford, 1977
- Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge, 1975
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 is also ranked in the top 0.5% of academic economists in the world.
He is President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Past-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Chair of the Board of the United Nations University-WIDER, 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-member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue and a past-member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty.
Awards and Honors
- 1986 paper with Joseph Stiglitz designated a “classic” by Journal of Economic Inequality (2016)
- Kanbur, R. Informality: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses. Review of Development Economics.
- Kanbur, R., Paukkeri, T., Pirttilä, J., & Tuomala, M. Optimal Taxation and Public Provision for Poverty Reduction. International Tax and Public Finance. 35pp.
- Kanbur, R. (2017). Tony Atkinson and What Can Be Done About Inequality. Journal of Economic Inequality. 15:115–119.
- Bhorat, H., Kanbur, R., & Stanwix, B. (2017). Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primer. World Bank Research Observer. 32:21-74.
- Kanbur, R., & Stiglitz, J. E. (2016). Dynastic Inequality, Mobility and Equality of Opportunity. Journal of Economic Inequality. 14:419-434.
- Bhorat, H., Kanbur, R., & Li, S. (2016). Thematic series on Reforming Minimum Wage and Labor Regulation Policies in Developing Economies. IZA Journal of Labor & Development.
- Kanbur, R., & Tuomala, M. (2016). Groupings and the Gains from Tagging. Research in Economics. 70:53-63.
- Chau, N. H., Goto, H., & Kanbur, R. (2016). Middlemen, fair traders, and poverty. Journal of Economic Inequality. 14:81-108.
- Bhorat, H., Cassim, A., Kanbur, R., Stanwix, B., & Yu, D. (2016). Minimum Wages and Youth: The Case of South Africa. Journal of African Economies. 25:i61-i102.
- Kanbur, R. (2016). The End of Laissez-Faire, the End of History, and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Challenge. 59:35-46.
In The News
- AEM 6670/ECON 7770: Topics in Economic Development
- AEM 7020: Applied Microeconomics II
- AEM 7350/ECON 7350: Topics in Public Economics