Professor of Economics and Political Science
Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation
I am a Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. I have a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.
My work lies at the intersection of international trade, economic development and politics. I have looked at the importance of partisan concerns (the political ideology of parties in power) and majoritarian concerns (the inequality in asset distribution) for trade policies; the importance of the WTO for trade; how corruption acts as an impediment to trade. My second stream of research, that has a developmental focus, examines the links between governance, political instability, democracy, trade and development. A third stream of research examines the role played by international trade and technological change in accelerating the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers. Currently, I am working on a project on technology and incentives in microfinance in Sri Lanka.
My research has been published at the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, and Marketing Science. I also contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Social Sciences where I co-wrote all the entries on Economics.
I have taught microeconomics, economic development, international trade and finance, and international business to undergraduates, MBAs, EMBAs, and Ph.D.s since 1994. I also teach multiple modules (economic growth; natural resource curse; FDI policy; game theory; financial crisis) to executive audiences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I direct one program for the Economic Development Board of Singapore, one for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore called Firefly, and one programme for SKF. I also co-direct one of the flagship open enrollment programs at INSEAD targeted at senior executives called Asian International Executive Programme. I won the Best Teacher Award for the MBA core class 8 times in the last 10 years.
In addition, I have worked at the World Bank's Latin American and Caribbean Division, and the Development Research Group and as a writer and consultant for Oxford University Press. I helped Aral/BP in their bid for gas stations in Germany.