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Ravi Kanbur

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 is the President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Co-Chair of the Scientifc Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, member of the High Level Advsory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, and a member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance. He is also ranked in the top 0.5% of academic economists in the world. His bio and full vitae are available on this website.



Public Policy Activities


Call for Papers: Inter-American Development Bank and CornellUniversity; Conference on Size and Type Dependent Regulations, Cornell University, October 1-2, 2015.

Northeast Environmental Economics, Yale University, May 2015

Types of Informality: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses, LIC Lecture, International Monetary Fund, March 11, 2015.

OECD/Gulbenkian Foundation Workshop on Inequality of Opportunity, Paris, January 14, 2015

Columbia-Cornell-DFID-World Bank Conference on Markets, Labor and Regulation, New Delhi, December 17-18, 2014
Debate: Be it resolved that the economics of growth is a more urgent priority than the politics of equity, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, December 10, 2014.

One Hundredth Anniversary of Official Statistics in Egypt, Cairo, December 8, 2014.

Fiscal Affairs: Past and Future, International Monetary Fund, December 5, 2014.

Nov. 25-28, 2014
Understanding and Engaging With Poverty and inequality in South Africa Lectures to senior policy makers from the Presidency and key government departments, Republic of South Africa, Cape Town.

Nov. 24, 2014
Achieving Inclusive Growth-What Can Zambia Build On?

Oct. 18-19, 2014
Conference on Reforming Minimum Wage and Labor Regulation Policy, Beijing.

Oct. 9, 2014
Meeting with African Finance Ministers, Washington, DC.

March 26, 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.



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International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects


Bridging Perspectives: The Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure Dialogue Programme on Labour, Informal Employment and Poverty


Inequality in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, drivers, and policy implications


The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa


Recent Writings and Presentations

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