I am a Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD. I have a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.
My research interests lies at the intersection of international trade, economic development and politics. I have looked at the importance of ideology and inequality for trade policies; the importance of trading arrangements like the regional trading arrangements and the WTO for trade, and the various impediments to trade. My second stream of research, has a developmental focus, examines the links between governance, political instability, democracy, inequality, poverty and development. A third stream of research examines the role played by international trade and technological change in accelerating inequality between skilled and unskilled workers. Currently, I am working on a project on microfinance in Sri Lanka.
At INSEAD, I teach microeconomics (Prices & Markets) in the MBA and EMBA programs. I also teach multiple modules on Game Theory; Economic Growth; Natural Resource Curse; the Rise in Inequality; FDI policy; Financial Crisis) to executive audiences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I direct one program for the Economic Development Board of Singapore and a program for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore called Firefly. I also co-direct one of the flagship open enrollment programs at INSEAD targeted at senior executives called Asian International Executive Programme. I won the Best Teacher Award for the MBA core class 8 times in the last 10 years.
In addition, I have worked at the World Bank's Latin American and Caribbean Division, and the Development Research Group and as a writer for Oxford University Press. I helped Aral/BP in their bid for gas stations in Germany.