Jagdish Bhagwati

University Professor

Jagdish Bhagwati

University Professor

Jagdish Bhagwati is a University Professor (Economics, Law, and International Affairs) at Columbia University and former senior fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

He has been the economic policy adviser to Arthur Dunkel, director-general of GATT, special adviser to the United Nations on globalization, and external adviser to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has served on the expert group appointed by the director-general of the WTO on the future of the organization, as well as the advisory committee to Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the NEPAD process in Africa. He was also a member of the Eminent Persons Group under the chairmanship of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil on the future of UNCTAD.

He serves as co-chair with President Halonen of Finland of the Eminent Persons Group on Developing Countries in the World Economy.

The recipient of six festschrifts in his honor, Bhagwati has also received several prizes and 17 honorary degrees, and awards from the governments of India (Padma Vibhushan) and Japan (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star).

Bhagwati is described as one of the most creative international trade theorists of his generation and is a leader in the fight for freer trade. His book, Termites in the Trading System, Oxford University Press, 2008, discusses the deleterious effects of preferential trading agreements. His previous book, In Defense of Globalization, Oxford University Press, 2004, attracted worldwide acclaim. Five volumes of his scientific writings and two of his public policy essays have been published by The MIT Press.

Bhagwati writes frequently in major newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has also appeared on television programs, including the Charlie Rose Show, CNN, and Bloomberg Television.

A native of India, Bhagwati attended the University of Cambridge, where he graduated in 1956 with a first in economics tripos. He then continued to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, returning to India in 1961 as professor of economics at the Indian Statistical Institute and then as professor of international trade at the Delhi School of Economics.

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961
  • B.A., University of Cambridge, 1956
  • B.A., Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai, 1954
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