Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He is the author of 12 books and editor of 12 other books, and of more than 120 journal articles including in leading economics journals (American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Oxford Economic Papers, etc.). He has also contributed essays to popular outlets like Scientific American, Financial Times, Yale Global Online, Business Standard, Hindustan Times, Economic and Political Weekly, Ananda Bazar Patrika (in Bengali), etc. Most recently, he is the author of Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India (Princeton University Press).