Kaushik Basu keynote speaker at 2019 SIDE

June 1, 2019. Kaushik Basu(Cornell University) is Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-16).

He has been editor of Social Choice and Welfare, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic PerspectivesJournal of Development Economics, and World Bank Economic Review.

He is currently President of the International Economic Association (2017-2020). He was (the fourth) President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, which was founded by Amartya Sen. He has held advisory posts with the ILO and the World Bank. He has held a visiting position at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and he was a distinguished visitor at the London School of Economics, and a visiting professor at Harvard University (Economics dept), Princeton University (Economics dept), and M.I.T. (Economics dept). He has received several honorary degrees, including doctorates from IIT Bombay, Fordham University and Bath University.

Kaushik Basu has published widely in the areas of development economics, industrial organization, and welfare economics. He has also contributed popular articles to magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, and he has appeared on various television programs including CNN (USA), NDTV and CNBC (India) and BBC. In May 2008 he was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan, by the President of India.

Professor Basu will deliver a keynote speech on his book titled “The Republic of Beliefs. A New Approach to Law and Economics” (Princeton University Press, 2018) that highlights the limits and capacities of Law and Economics and proposes a fresh way of thinking about more effective laws and a fairer society.

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