Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.
The Degree of DSC (Honoris Causa) was awarded to him by Indian Statistical Institute In 2013.
For an autobiographical essay on his professional life brought out in the online Dictionary of Eminent Social Scientists of Foundation Mattei Dogan in Paris, you may go to the link http://www.econ.berkeley.edu/~webfac/bardhan/papers/autobioessay.pdf. His memoir in Bengali (titled 'Memory-Sratching') has been serialized in Kolkata's leading literary magazine, Desh, and the book is being released in January 2014.
He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007.
He is the author of 13 books and editor of 12 other books, and author of more than 150 journal articles including in leading Economics journals (like American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, American Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Economic Papers, etc.). He has also contributed essays to popular outlets like New York Times, Scientific American, Financial Times, Boston Review, Project Syndicate, Yale Global Online, Business Standard, Hindustan Times, Ideas from India, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Express, Ananda Bazar Patrika (in Bengali), etc.
His latest book, Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and Indiais published by Princeton University Press; their website for the book is at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9153.html. A paperback edition came out in 2012, with an Afterword added.
He has given public lectures on the theme of the book at different institutions in the world: London School of Economics, Paris School of Economics, Oxford University, University of Warwick, National University of Singapore, University of Manchester, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Hong Kong University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Centre for Policy Research (Delhi), University of Copenhagen, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Victoria University (New Zealand), IESE Business School at Barcelona, Royal Institute of Internationa Affairs in London, University of Toronto, University of Oslo, Catholic University of Peru, and Indian Statistical Institute, apart from in the US at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, New York University, World Bank, Emory University, University of Illinois at Carbondale, Asia Society at Houston, Montery Institute of International Studies, Portland State University, Camden Conference in Maine, etc.
For a substantial interview on the book recorded at the London School of Economics,
listen to http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/5109.
For a longer interview on the book as well as looking back at his professional life, watch the video on YouTube:
Two collections of his selected essays came out in 2003; one is International Trade, Growth and Development published by Blackwell; and the other, Poverty, Agrarian Structure, and Political Economy in India published by Oxford University Press.
His book, Scarcity, Conflicts and Cooperation: Essays in Political and Institutional Economics of Development , was published by MIT Press in 2005.
A co-edited volume, Globalization and Egalitarian Redistribution was published by Princeton University Press in 2006, followed by another co-edited volume, Inequality,Cooperation, and Environmental Sustainability, also published by Princeton University Press in 2006. A co-edited volume, Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective was published by MIT Press in 2006.A co-edited volume, The Contested Commons: Conversations between Economists and Anthropologists was published in 2008 by Blackwell.
A graduate-level textbook by Pranab Bardhan and Christopher Udry, Development Microconomics, Oxford University Press, was published in 1999. More information on the book may be found in the publisher's website: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-877371-4 In 2000 MIT Press published a two-volume Readings in Development Economics, edited by Bardhan and Udry. More information on the book may be found in the publisher's website: http://mitpress.mit.edu/book-home.tcl?isbn=0262024845
His other notable public lectures and keynote addresses include:
Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, 1983
V.K. Ramaswami Memorial Lecture at Delhi School of Economics, 1997
ILO Nobel Peace Prize Lecture at Capetown, South Africa, 2000
Inaugural Max Corden Lecture at the University of Melbourne, Australia, 2003
The first Luca d'Agliano Lecture in Development Economics in Turin, Italy, 2003
K.R. Narayanan Oration at the Australian National University, Canberra, 2003
K.C. Basu Endowed Lecture at the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India, 2004
Keynote Lecture at the CEPR/BREAD development conference at Istanbul, 2005
Kalinga Lectures at the N.C. Centre for Development Studies in Bhubaneswar, India, 2005
Opening Lecture at the CESIFO/BREAD development conference at San Servolo, Italy, 2006
Silver Jubilee Lecture at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, 2006
Keynote Lecture at the India Development Foundation conference in New Delhi, 2006
Brookings/NCAER India Policy Forum Public Lecture in New Delhi, 2006
Keynote Lecture at development conference at University of Quebec, Montreal, 2007
DEC Lecture at the World Bank, Washington, DC, 2007
Plenary lecture at the 2007 Annual meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association at Bogota, Colombia
TDPE Annual Distinguished Lecture at Syracuse University, 2007
Fred J. Hansen Distinguished Lecture at San Diego State University, 2007
Dipak Banerjee Memorial Lecture at Presidency College, Kolkata, India, 2007
Valedictory address at an international conference on Poverty at A.N.Sinha Institute at Patna, India, 2007
Public lecture at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, 2008
State of the Arts lecture at 2008 Annual meeting of the Canadian Economic Association at Vancouver
Sukhamoy Chakrabarty Memorial Lecture at Delhi School of Economics, 2009
Opening lecture at a CEPAL conference on Decentralization at Santiago, Chile, 2009
Distinguished Lecture at Singapore Economic Review Conference, 2009
Keynote Lecture at conference on Decentralization at IFPRI, Washington DC, 2010
Keynote Lecture at IGC Workshop on Trade and Development at Columbia University, 2010
Bernard Fain Lecture at Brown University, 2010
Keynote Lecture at Six Decades of Indian Democracy conference at Brown University, 2010
Keynote lecture at the mid-West Development conference at Madison, Wisconsin, 2011
B.G. Kumar Memorial Lecture at Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrujm, India, 2011
Keynote Lecture at Copenhagen Business School, 2011
Keynote Lecture at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 2011
Keynote Lecture at Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, 2012
Keynote Lecture at Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2012
Halle Speaker Series Lecture at Emory University, 2012
S.C. Fang Memorial Lecture at Hong Kong University, 2012
Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2012
Keynote Lecture at a Conference at Cmi, Bergen, Norway, 2012
VKRV Memorial Lecture at Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2012
30 Year Commemorative Lecture at Export-Import Bank in Mumbai, India, 2012
SK Chakravarty Memorial Lecture, Calcutta University, India 2012
Keynote Lecture at the Ninth Beijing Forum, 2012
Public Lecture at University of Toronto Law School, 2012
Plenary Lecture at a workshop Organized by Journal of Public Economic theory in Mysore, India, 2012
Keynote Address at Asian Research Institute Workshop, National University of Singapore, 2012
Plenary Speaker at the International Institute of Public Finance Congress at Taormina, Italy, 2013
Public Lecture at University of Oslo Festival, 2013
Samar Sen Memorial Lecture at Kolkata, 2013
Silver Jubilee Lecture at IGIDR, Mumbai, 2013
CUTS International 30th anniversary Lecture at Kolkata, 2013
Keynote address at Comparative Education Society of India Conference In Kolkata, 2013
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