Jagdish Bhagwati

The most creative international trade theorist of his generation

Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Bhagwati is described as the most creative international trade theorist of his generation and is a leader in the fight for freer trade. His most recent book, In Defense of Globalization has attracted worldwide acclaim.

He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Law, at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was Economic Policy Adviser to the Director General, GATT (1991-93) and also served as Special Adviser to the UN on Globalization and External Adviser to the Director General, WTO.

He was a member of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Advisory Group on the NEPAD process in Africa and at the present time he works with several NGOs in the US and India. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Asia) and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Council on Economic Priorities Accreditation Agency.

Professor Bhagwati has published more than three hundred articles and fifty volumes. Five volumes of his scientific writings and two of his public policy essays have been published by MIT press. The recipient of six in his honour, he has also received several prizes and honorary degrees. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, The Wall street Journal, and The Financial Times, and has reviewed for The New Republic and The Times Literary Supplement.

A native of India, Professor Bhagwati attended Cambridge University where he graduated in 1956 with a first in Economics Tripods. He then continued to study at MIT in Oxford, returning to India in 1961 as Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute, and then as Professor of International Trade at the Deli School of Economics. He then returned to MIT ias the Ford International Profnessor of Economics in 1968, leaving it twelve years later to join Columbia.

A great communicator and speaker, who is able to transmit his enormous knowledge with great skill and creativity.



Internationalization of economic systems

International trade


Globalization: Why the Critics are Mistaken

Why Globalization HAS a Human Face

Managing International Migration

Failure of US Immigration reform: Lessons for the EU

Foreign Aid: Lessons from Postwar History

Assisting Africa: Why and How

Doha Round: Problems and Prospects



Un libro provocativo, inteligente y brillante que explica qué aspectos de la globalización pueden ser positivos para el desarrollo integral de la humanidad. Un libro desmitificador que aclara todas las dudas posibles sobre la globalización. Un libro diferente sobre economía mundial, ágil y provocador, que desmenuza con clar idad conceptos básicos. Muestra, con ejemplos prácticos, una posición conciliadora sobre la tan traída y llevada globalización


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