Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics
Maitreesh Ghatak is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He is Editor of Economica, having been formerly the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Development Economics, former Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies, and former Co-Editor of the Economics of Transition. He is the Director of the Development Economics research programme at the Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) and the Lead Economist of the International Growth Centre’s India-Bihar Programme.
He previously taught at the University of Chicago, and is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and is a member of the Board of Directors, as well as Senior Fellow of the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). His work focuses mainly on issues in development economics, public economics and economics of organisations. He was educated at Presidency College, Calcutta (Bachelor’s in Economics), Delhi School of Economics (Master’s in Economics), and Harvard University (PhD in Economics).
Recent work by Maitreesh Ghatak
Despite limitations, the use of randomised control trials has led to a paradigm shift in development policy evaluation
A cash transfer experiment in Bangladesh targeting the ultra-poor reveals that complementary assets are key in escaping poverty
The pros and cons of a universal basic income in reducing poverty and achieving inclusive economic growth in varying country contexts