Kaushik Basu (born January
9, 1952) is an Indian economist.
He is the C. Marks Professor of
International Studies and Professor of Economics and Director,
Program on Comparative Economic Development at Cornell
According to the latest newsreports in
of September 17 2009, "Basu was born in
Calcutta and schooled at St. Xavier's. In 1969 he moved to Delhi to
do his undergraduate studies in Economics from St. Stephen's
College and then he went on to the London School of Economics, from
where he got his MSc in Economics in 1974." Basu's curriculum vitae
at his website at Cornell says he was at the London School of
Economics for the PhD 1974-1976.
years Basu has held visiting positions at the Institute for
Advanced Study (Princeton), CORE (Louvain-la-Neuve) and the
London School of
Economics (where he was Distinguished Visitor in 1993); he
has been Visiting Professor at MIT, Harvard and Princeton; and
Visiting Scientist at the Indian Statistical
A Fellow of the Econometric Society
and recipient of the
Mahalanobis Memorial Medal, Basu has published scientific papers in
, industrial organization,
political economy and the economics of child labor
, and crafted the traveler's dilemma
He is also the creator
of the two-player board game Dui-doku. He is a columnist for BBC
News Online, and for the Hindustan
, and is the author of several books on economics and
a play, Crossings at Benaras Junction
, which was published
in The Little Magazine
(vol. 6, 2005).In 1992 he founded
the Centre for Development Economics (CDE) at the Delhi School of
Economics, Delhi, and was the Centre's first Executive Director
He is the editor of the Oxford Companion to Economics in India,
published by Oxford University
(February, 2007), which is a compendium on the Indian
economy, with contributors that include former finance minsiter of
India P. Chidambaram
, and leading industrialists Ratan
and N.R. Narayana Murthy
. Kaushik Basu is Editor
of Social Choice and Welfare
, Associate Editor of
Japanese Economic Review
and is on the Board of Editors of
the World Bank Economic Review
In 2008, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Bhushan
, one of the country's highest
- Revealed Preference of Government, Cambridge University Press,
- The Less Developed Economy: A Critique of Contemporary
Theory, Basil Blackwell, 1984.
- Agrarian Structure and Economic Development, Harwood
Academic Publishers, 1990. This book is part of the series
Fundamentals of Pure and Applied Economics edited by J.
Lesourne and H. Sonnenschein.
- (editor, with Pulin Nayak) Development Policy and Economic
Theory, Oxford University Press, 1992.
- (editor, with Mukul Majumdar and Tapan Mitra) Capital,
Investment and Development, Basil Blackwell, 1993.
- (editor) Agrarian Questions, Oxford University Press,
- (editor, with Prasanta Pattanaik and Kotaro Suzumura)
Development, Welfare and Ethics, Clarendon Press,
- (editor, with Sanjay Subrahmanyam) Unravelling the Nation:
Sectarian Conflict and India's Secular Identity, Penguin
paperback, New Delhi, 1996.
- Analytical Development Economics, The MIT Press, 1997, ISBN 0-262-02423-3.
- (editor) Readings in Political Economy, Blackwell
- (editor, with Henrik Horn, Lisa Roman and Judith Shapiro)
International Labor Standards, Blackwell Publishing,
- (editor) India's Emerging Economy: Performance and
Prospects in the 1990s and Beyond, The MIT Press, 2004, ISBN
- (editor) Oxford Companion to Economics in India,
Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
-  Kaushik Basu's personal page
-  Kaushik Basu's articles at BBC
-  - Globalization and Babool Gum