T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs

International Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Professor of Economics

Cornell University

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Ravi Kanbur is ranked in the top 0.5% of academic economists in the world. He researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is also well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. His bio and full vitae are available on this website.

His latest book is on Development Ideas. Here is an eclectic selection of some recent writings and presentations, ranging from pure theory, to policy, to personal reflections:

"Amartya Sen: A Personal Appreciation"
"Is Inequality of Opportunity a Useful Policy Construct?"
"Thresholds, Informality and Partitions of Tax Compliance"
"Globalization and Inequality"
"India, The World Bank, and The International Development Architecture"
"A Typical Scene: Five Exposures to Poverty"

Other writings can be downloaded from this website. Here are some links to forthcoming and recent conferences with his involvement:

Call For Papers: Columbia-Cornell-DFID-World Bank Conference on Markets, Labor and Regulation, New Delhi, December 17-18, 2014.
Columbia-Cornell Workshop to Comment on Zero'th Draft of the World Bank's World Development Report 2015, Mind and Culture, New York City, March 26, 2014.