Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist who was Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016. He is the C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and academic advisory board member of upcoming Plaksha University.
23 books on the list
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Life tends to take us through twists and turns, but sometimes it takes us on a journey that we could never have imagined. In this captivating autobiography, we follow the author from his idyllic childhood in a remote village in Bengal in British India, to his youth amidst poverty and hardship in post-Independence Kolkata, to England in the late 196...
Chanced upon this book and so glad I did. Diary of Santi Chakrabarti, an economist with a nomadic soul and an anthropologist’s eye, who lived and worked in Kolkata, London, Nairobi and London and clearly loved them all. – source
Kaushik BasuMar 14, 2021
Read Rudrangshu Mukherjee’s fascinating book Nehru & Bose. One matter on which Nehru & Bose shared the same values was in their secular instinct & in their desire to create an inclusive India. Rabindranath described Netaji & Nehru as the only “two genuine modernists.” – source
Kaushik BasuJan 24, 2021
Also recommended bySalil Tripathi
My pick if I had to choose the 2 most original books in economics of the last 100 years. Debreu is like Euclid beautifully describing an entire economy one axiom at a time. Arrow is like Archimedes, discovering a stunning truth by nothing else but staring at reality & thinking. – source
Kaushik BasuJan 22, 2021
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I crossed over from 2020 to 2021 reading this book on Sri Aurobindo. Riveting read. – source
Kaushik BasuJan 02, 2021
An economist demonstrates how LGBT equality and inclusion within organizations increases their bottom line and allows for countries' economies to flourishWe know that homophobia harms LGBT individuals in many ways, but economist M. V. Lee Badgett argues that in addition to moral and human rights reasons for equality, we can now also make a financia...
Excellent book, both for reading and for following its advice of fairness and equal treatment for all human beings. @LeeBadgett – source
Kaushik BasuNov 20, 2020
The dangers of narrow identity are captured well in Wade Davis’ fascinating book on the Amazon region—One River. A well-meaning sign in a train tells passengers to be mindful of other passengers and, hence, urges them to be civilized and throw garbage out of the window. – source
Kaushik BasuOct 01, 2020
Reading an old classic & fascinating book written during the early years of the Weimar Republic by a fascist sympathizer & intellectual giant, Carl Schmitt, and translated into English & introduced by a holocaust survivor & outstanding scholar, George Schwab. – source
Kaushik BasuSep 13, 2020
In 19th-century Calcutta, a financially strong Indian elite emerged under the rule of the British East India Company, building up eclectic Bengali equivalents of industrialists' mansions, apparent stylistic blends of traditional Mughal architecture with more classical elements. Today the erstwhile magnificent villas and palaces retain only a shred ...
Beautiful Kolkata. Photograph from Peter Bialobrzeski’s wonderful book on the Chitpur Road neighborhood. – source
Kaushik BasuFeb 14, 2020
Leading economists address the ongoing challenges to economics in theory and practice in a time of political and economic crises.More than a decade of financial crises, sovereign debt problems, political conflict, and rising xenophobia and protectionism has left the global economy unsettled and the ability of economics as a discipline to account fo...
Putting finishing touches to this book which I’m editing with David Rosenblatt & Claudia Sepulveda. To be published later this year by MIT Press. Ken Arrow’s chapter in the book is the last paper he wrote. It is a magnificent, sweeping survey of the advent of modern economics. – source
Kaushik BasuAug 29, 2019
One of my most treasured books, Thomas Schelling’s The Strategy of Conflict, signed by Schelling in November ‘99. – source
Kaushik BasuApr 20, 2019
Also recommended bySteven Pinker
From Deprivation to Destitution
This microbook visibilises via lived reality analysis the ramifications of demonetisation on various facets of the lives, labour and livelihoods of the marginalised, specifically construction workers, both men and women. The impacts of Notebandi are estimated and quantified in measurable terms, combined with the articulation of people's testimonies...
Must read Ritu Dewan and Radha Sehgal’s book on Demonetization. Based on detailed surveys and data collection by the authors, the book documents the tragic devastation it caused for the poor and the working classes. – source
Kaushik BasuDec 28, 2018
Swami Vivekananda on Himself by Vivekananda
Fair Shot by Chris Hughes
Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla
Indira by Sagarika Ghose
The Modern Monk by Hindol Sengupta
Letters for a Nation by Jawaharlal Nehru
Letters of Swami Vivekananda by Swami Vivekananda
Social Choice and Individual Values by Kenneth Joseph Arrow
Memoirs of European Travel by Swami Vivekananda
Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy
Money in the Bank by P. G. Wodehouse
Inequality by Anthony B. Atkinson