Ravi Kanbur

Ravi Kanbur


301J Warren Hall



T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs

International Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Professor of Economics

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management
  • Economics
  • 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.

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Awards and Honors

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

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