Professor Ajit Mishra

Ajit Mishra is the current Director of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India. After completing his PhD from the Delhi School of Economics in 1994, he has been actively engaged in research and lecturing over the last twenty-five years in several areas of economics: economic development, public economics, and economic theory. Prior to joining the Institute, he taught at the University of Bath, UK. Besides Bath, he has taught at various institutions including University of Dundee, UK; Scottish Graduate Programme, University of Edinburgh, UK; Delhi School of Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, and Ashoka University, India.  

He has made significant contributions in the field of development economics with key areas being the study of corruption and governance; incentives and public provision; inequality; vulnerability and poverty. Besides several papers in international refereed journals, he has published two books- Economics of Corruption (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Markets, Governance and Institutions in the Process of Economic Development (eds. Oxford University Press, 2018, with T Ray). He is an Associate Editor of a leading journal (Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Elsevier) and has been a Guest Editor of various journals for their special issues.  Both nationally and internationally, he has given research seminars and public lectures in more than fifty odd departments. He has also contributed to Handbooks (Edward Elgar, Princeton University Press) and Companions (Oxford University) on topics related to corruption and inequality.

He has been an academic visitor in several leading universities including Boston University, Cornell University, Louisiana State University, Loyola (USA), Monash University (Australia), University of Bergen, Christian Michelsen Institute (Norway), Hebrew University (Israel), WIDER (Finland), and Stellenbosch University (South Africa). He has made contributions in non-academic policy and consultancy spheres too. He has been a consultant to the UNDP and the World Bank and a member of various policy research centres.


E-mail:  ajitm@iegindia.in, ajitm@iegindia.org