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Jayati Ghosh

Jayati Ghosh
Born 1955
Institution Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, India
Field Development economics
Alma mater Cambridge University
Influences Terence J. Byres
Awards UNDP Prize for excellence in analysis

Jayati Ghosh (born 1955) is left leaning economist.

She is now Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, India. Her specialities include globalization, international finance, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy, and issues related to gender and development.


Her 1984 doctoral thesis at Cambridge University was entitled "Non capitalist land rent: theories and the case of North India" under the supervision of Mr T Byres.


She previously held 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 Delhi, a non-profit trust devoted to progressive economic research. (Selections of her columns from the Macroscan, the Foundation's outlet, will be published as Tracking the Macroeconomy.) She is also Executive Secretary of the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAS), a network of economists critical of the mainstream economic paradigm of neo-liberalism.

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. It is little known, but she is very well educated in Western Classical music and occasionally lectures on the genius of Mozart et al. Jayati Ghosh writes a regular column for the fortnightly national magazine "Frontline" focusing mainly on economic issues related to the common man.

She is married to Abhijit Sen an economist who is now a member of Planning Commission.

She was conferred International Labour Organisation's Decent Work Research Prize along with Professor Eve Landau in February 2011.[1]

In Spring Term 2011, she served as the first Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor in Development Economics at Tallinn University of Technology's Technology Governance graduate program.

Government service

  • The Congress Government appointed a commission under her leadership to study farmers' suicides and suggest ways to tackle the problem. The Andhra Pradesh Government committed to implementing the Commission recommendations.
  • Member of the National Knowledge Commission set up by the Indian Prime Minister.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of National Translation Mission (NTM), a project of Govt. of India.

Selected bibliography


  • Ghosh, Jayati; Chandrasekhar, C.P. (2001). Crisis as conquest: learning from East Asia. New Delhi: Orient Longman. ISBN 9788125018988. 
  • Ghosh, Jayati; Chandrasekhar, C.P. (2004) [1st. pub. LeftWord Books:2002]. The market that failed: neoliberal economic reforms in India (2nd ed.). New Delhi: LeftWord Books. ISBN 9788187496458.  Also reprinted January 2008, January 2009, July 2011.
  • Ghosh, Jayati (2009). Never done and poorly paid: women's work in globalising India. New Delhi: Women Unlimited. ISBN 9788188965441. 
  • Ghosh, Jayati (2009). After crisis: adjustment, recovery, and fragility in East Asia. New Delhi: Tulika Books. ISBN 9788189487584. 
  • Edited the forthcoming Economics of the New Imperialism.



External links


  1. Department of Communication (DCOMM) (16 February 2011). "ILO Decent Work Research Prize awarded to two distinguished scholars" (Press release). International Labour Organization. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

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