He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of
Cambridge and a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford. He
has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Warwick,
Princeton and Columbia.
Ravi Kanbur has served on the staff of the World Bank, as Economic
Adviser, Senior Economic Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana,
Chief Economist of the African Region of the World Bank, and Principal
Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as
Director of the World Bank's World Development Report.
Professor Kanbur's main areas of interest are public economics and
development economics. His work spans conceptual, empirical, and policy
analysis. He is particularly interested in bridging the worlds of
rigorous analysis and practical policy making. His vita lists over 150
publications, covering topics such as risk taking, inequality, poverty,
structural adjustment, debt, agriculture, and political economy. He has
published in the leading economics journals such as American Economic
Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies,
Journal of Economic Theory,and
The honors he has received include the Quality of Research
Discovery Award of the American Agricultural Economics Association and
an Honorary Professorship at the University of Warwick.
Ravi Kanbur was born in India and brought up in
India and in England. He is married to
Professor of Transport
and Society at Napier University, Edinburgh,
Scotland, and Visiting Professor in the Institute of African
Development, Cornell University.