Arvind Subramanian

Arvind Subramanian, a former chief economic adviser to the government of India, is Professor of Economics at Ashoka University.

As chief economic adviser, Subramanian oversaw the publication of the annual Economic Survey of India, which became a widely read document on Indian economic policy and development and elevated the public discourse on economics. Among the major proposals carried out during his tenure were increases in public investment, a uniform goods and services tax (GST), attempts to tackle the Twin Balance Sheet challenge by enacting a bankruptcy code, creating the financial and digital platform for connectivity (the so-called JAM trinity), and codifying the flexible inflation targeting regime.

Subramanian has also served as a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a visiting lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

He is the author of several books, including Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy (2018), Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China’s Economic Dominance (2011), and India’s Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation (2008). Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers in 2011. He has also written extensively for many academic journals on growth, trade, development, aid, India, Africa, and the World Trade Organization. His op-eds and essays have been published in the Economist, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Review of Books, and he had a widely-read column in the Business Standard, India’s leading financial daily.