Maitreesh Ghatak is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a position he has held since 2004. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy. He previously taught at the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. His main areas of research interest are development economics, public economics, and the economics of organizations. He is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Economics. He has been the Director of the Development Economics Group at the research centre STICERD (Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines) at the LSE since 2005. He completed his PhD in Economics at Harvard University in 1996 under the supervision of Eric Maskin and Abhijit V. Banerjee. Earlier, he was educated at Patha Bhavan School, Calcutta, did his undergraduate degree in Economics at Presidency College, Calcutta and his Master’s in Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.
He is a co-editor of Economica starting 2016, having previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Development Economics from 2009-2015, the Managing Editor of the Review of Economic Studies from 2003-2006, and a co-editor of The Economics of Transition from 2003-2005. He is also in the editorial board of several journals.
He is a Board Member of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD); Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in three research areas: Development Economics (DE), Macroeconomics and Growth (MG), and Public Economics (PE); Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India–Bihar programme; Research Associate of the newly-formed research network Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN); Member of the Scientific Committee of the Economic Development and Institutions (EDI) network funded by the DFID and jointly hosted by the University of Namur and the Paris School of Economics.
He is a member of the Faculty Advisory Group of the South Asia Centre at the LSE, and a member of the Management Committee of the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship. He is a founding member of several research networks: Theoretical Research in Development (ThReD), Economics of Social Sector Organisations (ESSO), and Non-profits, Governments, and Organizations (NGO).
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, a Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a Visiting Professor at Presidency University, Calcutta. He has held a year-long visiting position at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, and short-term visiting positions at Stanford, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, MIT, Michigan-Ann Arbor, Northwestern, Yale, Berkeley, Boston, Fudan, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Delhi School of Economics, IIM, Calcutta, and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta.
He writes occasionally on economic, political and policy issues for a broader audience with a special focus on India in various newspapers, magazines, and blogs.