Jayati Ghosh: age, education, awards, achievements

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    Jayati Ghosh is an Indian development economist. She is a professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst USA since January 2021. She has taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly 35 years and has authored several books. Her core areas of study include international economics, employment patterns in developing countries, macroeconomic policy and issues related to gender and development.

      The Indian development economist Jayati Ghosh is among 20 prominent personalities appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advisory board that will provide recommendations for the UN Secretary-General to respond to the current and future socio-economic challenges in the post-Covid-19 world.

 Personal Life

       Jayati Ghosh was born on 16 September 1955. She is 65 years old as of 2021. Ghosh is married to Abhijit Sen who is a former member of the planning commission of India which was disbanded in 2014. Jayati completed her Postgraduate studies in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). After winning the ‘Inlaks Scholarship’, She joined Cambridge University for M.Phil. & PhD. Under the supervision of Dr. T. Byres, her 1984 doctoral thesis at Cambridge University was entitled “non-Capitalist lant rent: theories and the case of North India”.


PhD (Economics): University of Cambridge, UK 1983.

MPhil (Economics): University of Cambridge UK 1979.

Master’s (Economics): Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, 1977.


1) Consultant, ILO, 1983 – 84.

2) Adrian Research Fellow, Darwin college, Cambridge, 1984 – 95.

3) Consultant, Planning Commission, Government of India, 1985 – 1986.

4) Visiting Professor, Tufts University, Medford MA, USA, 1995.

5) Chairperson, Commission of Farmer’s

Welfare, Government of Andhrapradesh, 2004.

6) Member, National Knowledge Commission, (2005-09).

7) Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor, University of Tallinn, Estonia, 2010.

8) (Honorary) Executive Secretary, International Development Economics Associates, 2002 to present.

9) Trustee, Economics Research Foundation, 2001 to present.

10) Taught economics in a JNU for nearly 35 years from 1986.

11) Professor of economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA since January 2021 to present.

      Also, Jayati was the principal Author of the West Bengal Human Development Report which has earned the ‘United Nations Development Programmes Prize for excellence in analysis. She was appointed to the World Health Organization’s Council on the Economics of ‘Health for All’ in 2021, chaired by Mariyana Mazzcato.

Criticism of the government

   In February 2016, she claimed the NDA Government of shutting down students protest against the capital punishment sentence to ‘Afzal Guru’. She raised the voice about the importance of student protests and discussion, and the current government’s disinclination to the demand for transparency and accountability.

    In her co-authored book, “Demonetization Decoded: A critique of India’s monetary experiment”, She openly criticizes the monetary decision taken by the Modi government as an ineffective and wasteful exercise.

      In February 2020, Jayati criticized the Modi government for misrepresenting data in the 2020 Budget which was presented a month earlier than usual.

       She declared Nirmala Sitharaman’s pre-budget speech as ineffectual and inaccurate.

       She also raised her voice to the lack of attention given to the need for creation of employment in the new budget.

       In addition, she said, the Modi government was able to play Caste Politics.

Awards and Honours

Jayati Ghosh was conference President of Indian society for Labour Economics in 2013.

In 2012, she received Satyendranath Sen Award of Asiatic Society in Kolkata.

She got ILO Decent Work Research Prize In 2010, Geneva.

In 2010, Jayati achieved Nord Sud Prize for research in Social Science in Fondazione Pescarabruzzo, Italy.

In 2006, she received the Ava Malti Memorial Prize of Asiatic Society in Kolkata.

In New York, 2006, Jayati Ghosh gain an UNDP Award for Excellence in Analysis (for West Bengal Human Development Report).

Being the Author of several books and more than 150 scholarly articles, her most recent publication include,


Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economics Development

India and International Economy

Industrialization of China and India:

The impacts on the world economy


“Macroeconomic Processes and Economic Inequalities in India”, in combating Inequality: Opportunities for Economic and Political change, in Routledge, London, 2015.

“Beyond the MDGS: A Southern Perspective on a Global New Deal” in Journal of International Development, 2015.

“Growth, industrialization and inequality in India”, in Journal of Asia Pacific Economy, 2014.

“Financial crises and gendered employment impacts: Emerging trends and past experiences”, in Routledge, New York, 2014.

“Towards a policy framework for reducing inequalities”, in Development, 2013

In addition to her many scholarly articles, she writes regular columns on economics and current affairs for Frontline magazine, Business Line, the Bengali newspaper, “Ganashakti’, Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age.

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