Dr. PULAPRE BALAKRISHNAN
MA (Economics), Madras University
M.Phil (Economics), Oxford University
Ph.D (Economics), Cambridge University
Dr. Pulapre Balakrishnan was born at Klari, his ancestral village in Kerala, India, in 1955. He was educated at Moscow, Madras and New Delhi, and trained as an economist at Oxford and Cambridge. His published work spans the inflationary process, the measurement of productivity growth, the transition to the market in post-communist Europe, agricultural involution in Kerala and economic growth in India. He is best known, however, for his books 'Pricing and Inflation in India' (OUP, 1991) and 'Economic Growth in India: History and Prospect' (OUP, 2010). He has held appointments at Worcester College of Oxford University, the Indian Statistical Institute at Delhi, the Indian Institute of Management at Kozhikode and Ashoka University at Kundli, Haryana. He has served as Country Economist for Ukraine at the World Bank and as a consultant to the ILO, RBI and UNDP. During 2010-13 he was Director of the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. He has for over twenty five years by now intervened in the debates on India's economy via his popular writing. Dr. Balakrishnan is a recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies.