Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and professor of political science,
Columbia University, New York
Jagdish Bhagwati has been called "one of the most prominent economists in the world and among his generation." His teaching and writings on trade theory and the politics and economics of free trade led him to an advisory role with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in the early 1990s and have had an extraordinary influence on students of economics.
Born and raised in India, Bhagwati studied at Cambridge, Oxford, and MIT before returning to India to teach for seven years. He earned a Ph.D. from MIT in 1967 and remained on the faculty there until 1980, when he accepted his current position at Columbia. He contributes regularly to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times and has been a frequent commentator on CNN and other television news programs. He is a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Academic Advisory Board member of Human Rights Watch (Asia), and recently served as adviser to the finance minister on Indias economic reforms. Bhagwati founded the Journal of International Economics, the premier journal in the field today, in 1971 and Economics & Politics in 1989. He has published more than 200 articles and 40 volumes, including Protectionism (1988), an international bestseller translated into several languages. Five volumes of his essays have been published by MIT Press to date, most recently a collection on public policy titled A Stream of Windows: Reflections on Trade, Immigration, and Democracy (1998).
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