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Arvind Subramanian

Senior Fellow

Growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, the WTO, intellectual property


M.Phil. and D.Phil., University of Oxford, U.K.; MBA, Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India; BS, St. Stephens College, Delhi


Arvind Subramanian is senior fellow jointly at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development, where he leads CGD's Understanding India initiative. His book Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance was published in September 2011. Foreign Policy magazine has named him as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers in 2011. India Today magazine named him as one of India’s top 35 “Masters of the Mind” over the last 35 years.

He was assistant director in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund. He served at the GATT (1988–92) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (1999–2000) and at Johns Hopkins' School for Advanced International Studies (2008–10).

He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, China, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. He has published widely in academic and other journals, including the American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Development Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, International Monetary Fund Staff Papers, Foreign Affairs, World Economy, and Economic and Political Weekly. He is currently ranked among the top 2 percent of the world’s academic economists in terms of citations of academic research, according to the widely used REPEC rankings.

He has also published or been cited in leading magazines and newspapers, including the Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and New York Review of Books. He contributes frequently to the Financial Times and is a columnist for India's leading financial daily, Business Standard.

He advises the Indian government in different capacities, including as a member of the Finance Minister's Expert Group on the G-20. His book India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press.

He obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India; and his M.Phil. and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, UK.

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