Famous Economists from India

This list of notable or famous economists from India includes bios and photos of the top economists born in India, along with some popular economists who immigrated to India. You might also be interested in famous Indian bankers and celebrities who majored in economics. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian economists, then this list is the perfect resource for you. These economists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known economist from India is included, information such as age, birthplace, and specialty.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Manmohan Singh and Amartya Sen. Featuring female Indian economists and more, this list has it all. 

This economists from India list can answer the questions "Who are some Indian economists of note?" and "Who are the most famous economists from India?" These prominent economists of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian economists, whether they're historical figures or economists today. Use this list of renowned Indian economists to discover some new doctors of economics and economical ideas you weren't familiar with before.

  • Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee (Bengali: অভিজিৎ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়; born 1961) is an American economist. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT. Banerjee is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (along with economists Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan), a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action, and a member of the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty. Banerjee was a president of the Bureau for the Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an international research fellow of the ...more
    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    • Profession: Professor, Economist
    • Schools: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Harvard University
  • Amartya Kumar Sen, (Bengali: [ˈɔmort:o ˈʃen]; born 3 November 1933) is an Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries. He is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and member of faculty at Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow and former Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and was awarded the Nobel Prize (also known as The Sveriges Riksbank Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of ...more
    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Santiniketan, India
    • Profession: Professor, Scientist, Economist, Philosopher
    • Schools: Presidency College, Kolkata, University of Cambridge, University of Calcutta, Visva-Bharati University
  • Amit Mitra is an Indian economist and politician representing All India Trinamool Congress and the current Finance,Commerce & Industries Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal. He is the incumbent MLA in the West Bengal state assembly from the Khardaha state assembly constituency. Cited as a giant killer in the West Bengal state assembly election, 2011 defeating Asim Dasgupta, the former West Bengal Finance Minister. Mitra previously served as the Secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Asia
    • Profession: Politician, Screenwriter, Economist, Film Director
    • Schools: Duke University, Presidency College, Kolkata, Delhi School of Economics
  • Amiya Kumar Bagchi
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    Amiya Kumar Bagchi is a distinguished Indian political economist. His contributions have spanned economic history, the economics of industrialisation and deindustrialisation, and development studies from an overall Marxist perspective, incorporating insights from other schools of radical political economics, including left Keynesianism. Among Marxists, he is known for his extensive contributions to theories of imperialism and underdevelopment.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Murshidabad, India
    • Profession: Economist
    • Schools: Presidency College, Kolkata, University of Calcutta, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Ardeshir Darabshaw Shroff (4 June 1899 – 27 October 1965) was an eminent industrialist, banker and economist of India. In 1944, Shroff served as a non-official (since India was not yet independent) delegate at the United Nations "Bretton Woods Conference" on post-war monetary and financial systems. In the same year, and with seven other leading industrialists, Shroff co-authored the Bombay Plan, which was a set of proposals for the development of the post-independence Indian economy. In the 1950s, Shroff was founder-director of the Investment Corporation of India and company chairman of Bank of India and the New India Assurance Company Limited. In 1954, Shroff co-founded the Forum of Free ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1899-1965)
    • Profession: Economist, Banker
  • Arvind Panagariya
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    Arvind Panagariya (born 30 September 1952) is an Indian-American economist and a professor of economics at Columbia University, who served as first vice-chairman of the government of India think-tank NITI Aayog between January 2015 and August 2017.
    • Age: 70
    • Profession: Professor, Economist
    • Schools: Princeton University