Arvind Panagariya is former Vice Chair, Niti Aayog and Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. He is a past Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.
In March 2012, The Government of India honored Panagariya with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honors the country bestows in any field. Panagariya has written or edited more than fifteen books. His book India: The Emerging Giant (2008, OUP, New York, 544 pages) was listed as a top pick of 2008 by the Economist magazine and described as the “definitive book on the Indian economy” by Fareed Zakaria of the CNN and Time magazine. His recent book Why Growth Matters (April, 2013, Public Affairs, USA), co-authored with Jagdish Bhagwati, won the coveted Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing and was listed as a best book of the year by the Financial Times. His other recent books include The Making of Miracles in Indian States: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat (co-edited with Govinda Rao (May 2015, OUP, USA); State Level Reforms, Growth and Development in Indian States (May 2014, OUP, USA), Reforms and Economic Transformation in India (October 2012, OUP, USA) and India’s Reforms: How They Produced Inclusive Growth (March 2012, OUP, USA). His past books include The Economics of Preferential Trade Agreements, 1996, AEI Press (with Jagdish Bhagwati), The Global Trading System and Developing Asia, 1997, Oxford University Press (with M.G. Quibria and N. Rao), and Lectures on International Trade, 1998, MIT Press (with J. Bhagwati and T.N. Srinivasan).
Panagariya’s scientific papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Quarterly journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of International Economics, and International Economic Review. His policy papers have appeared in the Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Economy and Finance and Development. Until recently, Panagariya was an editor of the India Policy Forum, a journal co-founded by the Brookings Institution, Washington DC and the National Council on Applied Economic Research, New Delhi. He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Policy Reform, which he edited with Dani Rodrik during 1996-2001. He is currently an Associate Editor of Economics and Politics and the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development.
Until he joined the Niti Aayog, Panagariya wrote an influential monthly column in the Times of India, the world’s largest-circulating English language daily. He has also written guest columns in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Hindu, India Today and Outlook. He has appeared on numerous television channels including the PBS (Jim Lehrer Newshour and Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria) CNN (International, Asia) BBC World News, CNBC (USA, Asia, India) and ABC (USA: World View) as also radio stations including Chicago Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio and BBC Radio.