Jagdish N. Bhagwati
Professor, Economics and Law
Columbia University, New York, USA
Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor at Columbia University (the highest rank), is known as a unique economist. His scientific contributions have established him as a major scholar, who is on many shortlists for the Nobel Prize. At the same time, he is also known worldwide for his numerous accessible writings in major magazines (such as The Economist and Foreign Affairs) and newspapers (such as The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal).
He has also published hugely successful mass-accessible books, the first being the Economics of Underdeveloped Countries (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966) which achieved six-digit sales at the time, and the latest being In Defense of Globalization (Oxford, 2004) which has sold 50,000 copies in English hardback within a year and received worldwide acclaim in shape of over 40 fine reviews in leading magazines and newspapers, while going into immediate translation into several languages.
He also appears frequently on television, including the Charlie Rose Show, the Lehrer News Hour, CNN, BBCetc. He has been honoured with six festschrift conferences in his honour, a record among distinguished economists, the latest being at Columbia University on August 5th, which included attendance and tributes by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate Robert Solow, Larry Summers (President of Harvard and former Secretary of the US Treasury), the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, and several University Presidents.
Messages included one from the Indian Prime Minister and another from the WTO Director General Dr. Supachai. Professor Bhagwati has also served as Economic Policy Adviser to the Director General of GATT (1991-93), External Adviser to the WTO and Special Adviser (with Under-secretary General status) to the UN on Globalization. Currently he is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Africa/Nepad, and of the UNCTAD Eminent Persons’s Group on the future of the UNCTAD, having just finished serving on the expert group which reported on the Future of the WTO.
He is a lecturer in great demand, often complimented on his wit and humor and ability to link abstract points to telling anecdotes and bon mots which make the subject come alive. He has been honoured with several honorary degrees and Prizes, among which is the prestigious Freedom Prize which he shared with Sir Leon Brittan.