Ravi Kanbur researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He is also ranked in the top 0.5% of academic economists in the world.
He is President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Past-President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, Chair of the Board of UNU-WIDER, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, past member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, and a member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty.
Ravi Kanbur, Yue Wang and Xiaobo Zhang, The Great Chinese Inequality Turnaround, March, 2017
Ravi Kanbur, Statistics for Colonial Rule, for the Independence Struggle, and for Inclusive Development, Keynote Speech, Fourth World Statistical Forum, International Monetary Fund, November 16, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, The End of Laissez-Faire: A 90th Anniversary Commentary. Presentation at Conference on The Relevance of Keynes to the Comtemporaray World, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi, Turin, Italy, October 13-15, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, The Future of International Migration, Keynote to mark the 500th Anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia, Leuven, September 30, 2016.
Annual Conference, Human Development and Capability Association, Tokyo, September 1-3, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, Citizenship, Migration and Opportunity, Presidential Address, Human Development and Capability Association, Tokyo, September 1, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, What is the World Bank Good For?, August 18, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, Three Comments on theReport of the Atkinson Commission on Monitoring Global Poverty, World Bank, Washington, DC, July 13, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur, Left Field Observations on the Information Revolution in Economics, World Bank, Washington, DC, June 9, 2016.
Ravi Kanbur: Inclusive Growth: Global Forces and National Policies, June, 2016.
Cornell/Oxford Conference on Climate Justice: Economics and Philosophy, Ithaca, May 24-25, 2016.
Secondary Towns and Poverty Reduction: Introduction to World Bank/Cornell Conference, Luc Christiaensensen and Ravi Kanbur, Washington DC, May 18, 2016.
Cornell-World Bank Conference: Secondary Towns, Jobs and Poverty Reduction: Refocusing the Urbanization Agenda, Washington DC, May 18-19, 2016
Ravi Kanbur, Ebrahim Patel, Joseph Stiglitz, "Sustainable Development Goals and Measurment of Economic and Social Progress", March 2016.
Intra-household Inequality and Overall Inequality, Presentation at Conference on The Welfare State and The Fight Against Inequality, Columbia University, November, 2015
Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Outcome: Parents, Children, and Luck, Presentation at A Just Society: A Conference in Honor of Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia Business School, October 16-17, 2015.
Restarting the Global Economy, Vox EU column, by Nobel Laureate Michael Spence, Former World Bank Vice President Danny Leipziger, Director of McKinsey Global Institute James Manyika, and Cornell Professor of World Affairs Ravi Kanbur, October, 2015.
Inter-American Development Bank and CornellUniversity; Conference on Size and Type Dependent Regulations, Cornell University, October 1-2, 2015.
Position Paper on Secondary Towns and Poverty Reduction In Tanzania, Presented to Planning Commission, President's Office, Tanzania, September 29, 2015.
International Panel on Social Progress: Lead Authors' Meeting, Istanbul, August 27-29, 2015.
Kanbur-Stiglitz Vox Column on Inequality, August 18, 2015
Labour and Unemployment in South Africa: Notes Towards a 'Grand Bargain', Presentation to South African National Treasury, August, 2015.
Northeast Environmental Economics, Yale University, May 2015
Climate Justice Dialogue, Berlin, April, 2015.
Types of Informality: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses, LIC Lecture, International Monetary Fund, March 11, 2015.
OECD/Gulbenkian Foundation Workshop on Inequality of Opportunity, Paris, January 14, 2015
Columbia-Cornell-DFID-World Bank Conference on Markets, Labor and Regulation, New Delhi, December 17-18, 2014.
Debate: Be it resolved that the economics of growth is a more urgent priority than the politics of equity, Economic Research Forum, Cairo, December 10, 2014.
One Hundredth Anniversary of Official Statistics in Egypt, Cairo, December 8, 2014.
Fiscal Affairs: Past and Future, International Monetary Fund, December 5, 2014.
Nov. 25-28, 2014
Understanding and Engaging With Poverty and inequality in South Africa Lectures to senior policy makers from the Presidency and key government departments, Republic of South Africa, Cape Town.
Nov. 24, 2014
Achieving Inclusive Growth-What Can Zambia Build On?
March 26, 2014
Columbia-Cornell Workshop to Comment on Zero'th Draft of the World Bank's World Development Report 2015, Mind and Culture, New York City.
International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects
Bridging Perspectives: The Cornell-SEWA-WIEGO Exposure
Dialogue Programme on Labour, Informal Employment and Poverty
Inequality in Asia and the Pacific: Trends, drivers, and policy implications
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa
"Amartya Sen: A Personal Appreciation"
"Is Inequality of Opportunity a Useful Policy Construct?"
"Thresholds, Informality and Partitions of Tax Compliance"
"Globalization and Inequality"
"A Typical Scene: Five Exposures to Poverty"