Famous Indian Economists

Find out more about the greatest Indian Economists, including Vallabhbhai Patel, Amartya Sen, Subramanian Swamy, Raghuram Rajan and Manmohan Singh.

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 1 Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen.
Famous As: Economist & Philosopher
Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santiniketan
Indian economist Amartya Sen was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory. Sen is known for his development of more sophisticated measures of poverty, and also for his work on the causes and prevention of famines. He is considered an important contemporary liberal thinker for his views about the nature and primacy of liberty. 

 2 Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh.
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of India
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gah, Punjab, British India (present-day Punjab, Pakistan)

The 13th Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh in office when he took office in 2004. A prominent economist and academic, he held several key posts in the Government of India in the 1970s and 1980s. Known for his humility, he  has been described by the media as "one of the world's most revered leaders."

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 3 Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan.
Famous As: Adviser
Birthdate: February 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhopal

Raghuram Rajan is an Indian economist who served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 2013 to 2016. He also served as the 15th Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India. For his significant contribution in the field of economics, Raghuram Rajan was honored with the Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association in 2003.

 4 Subramanian Swamy

Subramanian Swamy.
Famous As: Economist, Politician, Author
Birthdate: September 15, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mylapore

Indian politician Subramanian Swamy, who is a BJP MP, has also been the president of the Janata Party earlier. Known for his far-right views, he was previously a professor economics at IIT, Delhi. He boasts of a PhD from Harvard and has penned several books, such as Terrorism in India.

 5 Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel.
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Urjit Patel is an Indian economist. From 2016 to 2018, he served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. In 2018, he resigned stating personal reasons. He also became the fifth governor to have resigned before the completion of his term. Urjit Patel is the recipient of Yale University’s Wilbur Cross Medal. 

 6 Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee.
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: February 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calcutta, India

Born to economics professor parents, Abhijit Banerjee grew up in India before he moved to the U.S. to study at Harvard. He later taught at Harvard and Princeton and is now associated with MIT. His studies on the ways of reducing world poverty won him a Nobel Prize.

 7 Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chikmagalur, Mysore State, India (now Karnataka, India)

Jairam Ramesh is an Indian politician and economist. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Minister of Rural Development. An influential figure, Ramesh also served as the Minister of State at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from 2009 to 2011. Jairam Ramesh has contributed as a columnist for many popular publications and has also authored many books.  

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 8 Nanabhoy Palkhivala

Nanabhoy Palkhivala
Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: January 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: December 11, 2002

Nanabhoy Palkhivala was an Indian liberal economist and jurist. Best remembered for his clear thinking and brilliant court craft, Palkhivala helped shape the constitutional jurisprudence in India. He achieved national recognition for his high-profile cases and his annual budget speeches.   

 9 Bimal Jalan

Bimal Jalan
Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rajgarh

Bimal Jalan is an Indian economist and politician. From 1997 to 2003, Jalan served as the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. A respected economist, he also served as the seventh Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India.

 10 Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata

 11 Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India

Visiting Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for South Asian Studies, Singapore, Bibek Debroy is a well-respected Indian economist. A former member of NITI Aayog, the think tank of the Indian Government, he currently serves as the Chairman of the PM's Economic Council. Author of several books and papers, he has been awarded Padma Shri by Government of India.

 12 Jagdish Bhagwati

Jagdish Bhagwati
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 26, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai

A forceful advocate of free trade and economic globalization, Jagdish Bhagwati is an India-born American economist, known for his contributions to the theory of international trade and economic development. Especially opposed the inclusion of labor and environmental standards in free-trade agreements, he has authored numerous articles and books, which include Free Trade Today (2002) and In Defense of Globalization (2004).

 13 C. K. Prahalad

C. K. Prahalad
Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coimbatore
Died: April 16, 2010

Born to a Tamil scholar father in Coimbatore, C. K. Prahalad was educated at IIM Ahmedabad and Harvard. Named one of the most influential business thinkers of the world by Thinkers 50, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan and revolutionized bottom of the pyramid studies.