Join us for a conversation with economist Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Ghosh will discuss why too many of the decisions that affect ordinary people’s lives and futures are made by policy makers on the basis of economic theories that are often neither logically consistent nor empirically grounded. Because they are too arcane and abstract to be understood by the general public, policy makers and the mainstream economists who justify such policies get away with it, despite the fact that they can have strong distributive implications that can affect incomes and wealth very differently for different groups. It is important for everyone to be aware of these, and to be able to question the basis of such policies.
About Jayati Ghosh
Dr. Ghosh taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly 35 years, and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. She has authored and/or edited 20 books, most recently “The making of a catastrophe: Covid-19 and the Indian economy”, (Aleph Books forthcoming 2021), published 200 scholarly articles, and received several awards for her research. She has advised governments in India and other countries, including as Member of the National Knowledge Commission of India (2005-09). She is the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates (www.networkideas.org), an international network of heterodox development economists. She has consulted with several international organisations and is member of various boards and commissions, including the UN High Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs, and the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. She writes regularly for popular media like newspapers, journals and blogs.
All BMCC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.