Jagdish N. Bhagwati

Columbia University

Jagdish N. Bhagwati

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Jagdish N. Bhagwati is Professor in Economics, Law and International Affairs at Columbia University, New York, and Senior Fellow for International Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations. His influence on the international economic debate is huge. He is known both for his directing and advisory roles in organisations such as GATT, UN and WTO and for his provocative publications, which include the 2004 worldwide success In Defense of Globalization, putting him in direct opposition to globalisation critics such as Naomi Klein. Bhagwati is the winner of several prizes and honorary degrees. With 2013 marking the first economic slowdown faced by India since the liberal reforms of 1991, many have criticised the country’s growth for being too fast and unequal. Bhagwati explains that it is in fact this kind of accelerated economic change that decreased the extreme levels of poverty in India – and that it can do the same for other large developing countries.

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