Pranab K. Bardhan


Fields: Development Economics, International Economics, Political Economy, Institutional Economics

Research interests: Economic theory of institutions in economic development; Globalization and Poverty; Political economy and the state in developing countries; Indian economic development; Issues of coopoeration and management of the local commons; Economics of Governance, Democracy and Decentralization

Short Biography and Research Interests

Pranab Bardhan, a Cambridge University PhD, has been at Berkeley since 1977, following teaching appointments at MIT and the Delhi School of Economics. He was the 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 held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He is the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011.He is the author of 12 books and more than 150 journal articles, and the editor of 12 other books.

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. His current research involves theoretical and empirical work on decentralized governance, and the political economy of development in China and India.

Current Status: Teaching

Office: 625 Evans
Mailing address: University of California
508-1 Evans Hall #3880
Berkeley CA 94720-3880

Tel.: (510) 642-4527   Fax : (510) 642-6615 (Main department fax)