Ravi Kanbur

Cornell University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, USA

Research interest

Public economics, income distribution, inequality, poverty, development economics, labor markets, informality, and urbanization

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank; Member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Progress; President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association.

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Warwick, UK.


PhD Economics, University of Oxford, 1981

Selected publications

  • Climate Justice: Integrating Economics and Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019 (co-editor with H. Shue).

  • Immiserizing Growth: When Growth Fails the Poor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019 (co-editor with R. Sandbrook and P. Shaffer).

  • Symposium on Secondary Towns and Poverty Reduction. World Development (Special Issue), 2018 (co-editor with L. Christiaensen).

  • “Enforcement matters; The effective regulation of labor.” International Labour Review 157:3 (2018): 331–356 (with L. Ronconi).

  • “Inequality indices as tests of fairness.” Economic Journal (Forthcoming, 2019) (with A. Snell).