Ravi Kanbur
Research Fellow

IZA Logo
Kanbur Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He holds an appointment tenured both in the Department of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and in the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 also 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.

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 125 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 Economic Journal.

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 joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2007.
  Email | CV | Homepage
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10721  Ravi Kanbur
Andy Snell
Inequality Indices as Tests of Fairness
10692  Luc Christiaensen
Joachim De Weerdt
Ravi Kanbur
Cities, Towns, and Poverty: Migration Equilibrium and Income Distribution in a Todaro-type Model with Multiple Destinations
10637  Luc Christiaensen
Ravi Kanbur
Secondary Towns and Poverty Reduction: Refocusing the Urbanization Agenda
10636  Ravi Kanbur
Structural Transformation and Income Distribution: Kuznets and Beyond
(forthcoming in: Oxford University Press Handbook on Structural Tansformation)
10635  Ravi Kanbur
Yue Wang
Xiaobo Zhang
The Great Chinese Inequality Turnaround
9972  Arnab K. Basu
Nancy Chau
Gary S. Fields
Ravi Kanbur
Job Creation in a Multi-Sector Labor Market Model for Developing Economies
9204  Haroon Bhorat
Ravi Kanbur
Benjamin Stanwix
Minimum Wages in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Primer
5845  Arnab K. Basu
Nancy Chau
Ravi Kanbur
Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality
(revised version forthcoming in: Economic Journal [Online First])
4406  Nancy Chau
Hideaki Goto
Ravi Kanbur
Middlemen, Non-Profits, and Poverty
(revised version forthcoming in : Journal of Economic Inequality)
4186  Ravi Kanbur
Conceptualising Informality: Regulation and Enforcement
3317  Indraneel Dasgupta
Ravi Kanbur
Should Egalitarians Expropriate Philanthropists?
(published as "Does Philanthropy Reduce Inequality?" in: Journal of Economic Inequality, 2011, 9 (1), 1-21)
3002  Arnab K. Basu
Nancy Chau
Ravi Kanbur
A Theory of Employment Guarantees: Contestability, Credibility and Distributional Concerns
(published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2009, 93 (3-4), 482-497)
2998  Arnab K. Basu
Nancy Chau
Ravi Kanbur
Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws
(published in: Economic Journal, 2010, 120 (543), 244 - 269)