Ravi Kanbur

Ravi Kanbur
Born Sanjiv M. Ravi Kanbur
(1954-08-28) 28 August 1954
Nationality British
Institution Cornell University
Field Development economics, public economics and economic theory
Alma mater University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Influences Amartya Sen
Awards Quality of Research Discovery Award, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Honorary Professor of Economics, University of Warwick
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Sanjiv M. Ravi Kanbur[1] (born 28 August 1954),[2] is T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.[3] He worked for the World Bank for almost two decades and was the director of the World Development Report.[4]

Kanbur will be the president of the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) from September 2016 to September 2018. He will first serve a year as president elect from September 2015.[5]

Early life

Ravi Kanbur is British,[6] he was born in India and brought up in India and England.[7]


Kanbur gained his degree in economics from the Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge in 1975. He studied for his masters (1979) and doctorate (1981), also in economics, at Worcester College, University of Oxford.[7][8] He studied under the Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen and Sen has stated that his association with Kanbur has been beneficial to his writing.[9]

Resignation as Director of the World Development Report

In May 2000 Kanbur resigned as director and lead author of the World Bank's World Development Report. His resignation followed the publication of the initial draft of the 2000/2001 report on the internet. Kanbur's initial draft argued that, "anti-poverty strategies must emphasise 'empowerment' (increasing poor people's capacity to influence state institutions and social norms) and security (minimising the consequences of economic shocks for the poorest) as well as opportunity (access to assets)."[10] The final version of the report still contained the three central pillars of: (a) empowerment, (b) security and (c) opportunity, however the order was changed to (a) opportunity (with emphasis given to market-driven economic growth and liberalisation as ways of reducing poverty), (b) empowerment and, (c) security.[11][12] The World Bank denied that US treasury secretary Larry Summers or anyone else had influenced the report to make it less radical.[6] Kanbur's resignation came a year after the resignation of the World Bank's senior vice-president and chief economist, Joseph Stiglitz.[13]


Personal life

Kanbur is married to Margaret Grieco, Professor of Transport and Society at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.[7]



Volume I only - Kanbur, Ravi; Basu, Kaushik (2009). Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen | Volume I: Ethics, welfare, and measurement. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199239115. 
Volume II only - Kanbur, Ravi; Basu, Kaushik (2009). Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen | Volume II: Society, institutions and development. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199239979. 

Chapters in books

Journal articles









2015 onwards

Media articles

World Bank working papers

See also


  1. "Kanbur, Ravi, 1954-". Virtual International Authority File. Retrieved 1 October 2014. Kanbur, Sanjiv M. Ravi 1954-....
  2. "Kanbur, S. M. Ravi, 1954-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 1 October 2014. data sheet (b. Aug. 28, 1954)
  3. "Ravi Kanbur: Bio". Cornell University. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. "Profile: Ravi Kanbur". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. "New HDCA Executive Council members elected!". Human Development and Capability Association. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  6. 1 2 Atkinson, Mark (15 June 2000). "Poverty row author quits World Bank". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. 1 2 3 4 "Professor Ravi Kanbur". The University of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. 1 2 "Ravi Kanbur, Curriculum Vitae" (pdf). Cornell University. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  9. Sen, Amartya (2010), "Acknowledgements", in Sen, Amartya, The idea of justice, London: Penguin, p. xii, ISBN 9780141037851. Book preview.
  10. "The Washington dissensus". The Economist. 22 June 2000. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  11. Reviewer (May 2001). "Book reviews". Development in Practice. Taylor and Francis. 11 (2-3): 364–374. doi:10.1080/09614520120056504.
  12. Kanbur, Ravi; Calvo, Christina Malmberg; Das Gupta, Monica; Grootaert, Christiaan; Kwakwa, Victoria; and Lustig, Nora (2000). World development report 2000/2001: attacking poverty. New York: Published for the World Bank, Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195215984. Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthor= (help)
  13. Palast, Gregory (29 April 2001). "IMF's four steps to damnation". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  14. Staff writer (April 2010). "The history of AAEA Research Awards". American Journal of Agricultural Economics, special issue: Commemorating the Centennial of the AAEA. Oxford Journals. 92 (2): 300–328. doi:10.1093/ajae/aaq002.
  15. Kanbur, Ravi; Haddad, Lawrence (September 1990). "How serious is the neglect of intra-household inequality?". The Economic Journal. Royal Economic Society via JSTOR. 100 (402): 866–881. doi:10.2307/2233663. Policy Research Working Paper number 296. Pdf version.

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Educational offices
Preceded by
Henry S. Richardson
President of the Human Development and Capability Association
September 2016 – September 2018
President elect September 2015 – September 2016
Title next held by
successful election candidate.
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