30 November, Universal Basic Income in Post-Pandemic Poor Countries, Dr. Pranab Bardhan, Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Universal Basic Income in Post-Pandemic Poor Countries

Monday, November 30, 11:00AM-12:30PM (New Delhi)

Speaker: Dr. Pranab Bardhan

Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics

University of California, Berkeley



In the wake of the economic crisis brought by the pandemic-related lockdown many poor countries have adopted a policy of temporary cash assistance (though India has been somewhat stingy on this). In this context many have asked the question if it is a propitious time for introducing a more durable programme of Universal Basic Income (UBI). In this talk various arguments and counter-arguments on this will be discussed, and a special case for India will be advocated.


About the speaker:
Dr. Pranab Bardhan
 is Professor of Graduate School at the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.


He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, England. He had been at the faculty of MIT, Indian Statistical Institute and Delhi School of Economics before joining Berkeley. He has been Visiting Professor/Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and London School of Economics. He held the Distinguished Fulbright Siena Chair at the University of Siena, Italy in 2008-9. He was the BP Centennial Professor at London School of Economics for 2010 and 2011. He got the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982.

He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance for 1996-2007.

He is the author of 16 books and editor of 14 other books, and author of more than 150 journal articles including in leading Economics journals (like American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, American Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Economic Papers, etc.).

He has also contributed essays to popular outlets like New York Times, Scientific American, Financial Times, Die Zeit, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Project Syndicate, Yale Global Online, Times of India, Economic Times, Business Standard, Bloomberg Quint, Hindustan Times, Ideas for India, Economic and Political Weekly, Indian Express, Ananda Bazar Patrika (in Bengali), etc. From 2018 he has started writing a periodic column for a New York-based blog, 3 Quarks Daily.

Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Chakrabarti, Dean, JGBS.