Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Arvind Subramanian

Meera & Vikram Gandhi Fellow, Center for Contemporary South Asia
Senior Fellow, Watson Institute

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Arvind Subramanian was professor of economics at Ashoka University and founding director of the Ashoka Center for Economic Policy (ACEP). He is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). He was chief economic adviser to the Government of India between 2014 and 2018. Previously, he was a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Subramanian’s areas of interest include global development and the global economic, financial and trading systems.  

Prior to his time in India, he was the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at PIIE, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, and an assistant director in the research department of the International Monetary Fund. He also worked for the GATT (the predecessor of the World Trade Organization) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named him a Top 100 Global Thinker. 

In 2018, Professor Subramanian published Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy, reflecting on his time guiding India’s economy. His previous award-winning book, Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance has been printed in four languages.

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