Jayati Ghosh

Professor of Economics

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jayati Ghosh is a distinguished and extraordinarily prolific economist and professor whose many interests include globalization, international finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development. She was born in 1955 and educated at Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and the University of Cambridge.

She is a professor at JNU and has held other positions at Tufts University and Cambridge, lecturing meanwhile at academic institutions throughout India. She is one of the founders of the Economic Research Foundation in New Dehli, a non-profit trust devoted to progressive economic research. Additionally, she is Executive Secretary of the International Development Economics Associates, a network of economists critical of the mainstream economic paradigm of neo-liberalism.

Outside of academia, Professor Ghosh has been a consultant and researcher for many government and non-government organizations, nationally and internationally. She was the Chairperson of the Commission on Farmers' Welfare which submitted its report to the state government of Andhra Pradesh in India in December 2004, and is currently a member of the National Knowledge Commission set up by the Indian Prime Minister. She has also worked closely with many progressive organizations and social movements.

She has published widely. With C.P. Chandrasekhar, she has written Crisis as Conquest: Learning from East Asia (2001) and The Market that Failed: A Decade of Neoliberal Economic Reforms in India (2002), and edited the forthcoming Economics of the New Imperialism. She was the principal author of the West Bengal Human Development Report which has received the UNDP Prize for excellence in analysis. In addition to her many scholarly articles, she writes regular columns on economics and current affairs for Frontline magazine, Businessline, the Bengali newspaper Ganashakti, Deccan Chronicle, and Asian Age. Professor Ghosh lives in New Delhi.