Jean Drèze

Visiting Professor, G. B. Pant Social Science Institute

Jean Drèze was born in Belgium in 1959. He studied mathematical economics at the University of Essex and did his Ph.D. (economics) at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi. He has taught at the London School of Economics and holds an Honorary Professorship at the Delhi School of Economics. He is currently a visiting professor at the G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.

His association with India goes back more than twenty-five years during which he has studied the issues in India minutely and has authored many books, research papers and newspaper articles on education, poverty, development, nuclear doctrine, freedom of information, and the Narmada Struggle. He has made wide-ranging contributions to development economics and public economics, with special reference to India. He has lived in India since 1979 and became an Indian citizen in 2002.

The well known Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) report, co-authored by Jean Drèze and others, is a masterpiece research publication on the state of education in several Northern Indian states. Jean Drèze has co-authored and co-edited several books jointly with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, principal among them being Hunger and Public Action, The Political Economy of Hunger, and India: Development and Participation.

Jean Drèze is also an active member of the Right to Food campaign, an informal network of organizations and individuals committed to the realization of the right to food in India.

Focus: Development, Poverty, India, Asia

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Last Updated: Mar 15, 2010

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