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Comment on Arvind Subramanian, India’s New Chief Economic Advisor

October 16, 2014

Washington, D.C. (October 16, 2014): Arvind Subramanian, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, will become India’s Chief Economic Adviser, according to a government announcement made today in New Delhi.

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The announcement said Subramanian was recommended to the position by India’s finance minister, Arun Jaitley, and his role was made official after approval from the cabinet led by Prime Minister Narenda Modi.

CGD president Nancy Birdsall said: “Arvind is much more than your mainstream macro-economist. He is an immensely knowledgeable and creative thinker on trade, climate, tax, corruption and finance. He has an understanding of India – its history, its economy, and its politics – both from the top down and the bottom up.”

“I am honored and privileged to be able to contribute to the government that has a strong mandate to set India on a dynamic growth trajectory that can provide opportunities for all Indians,” said Subramanian.

As a CGD senior fellow, Subramanian directs the Understanding India Initiative. The initiative addresses how India should shape international thinking about development as well as how India should engage internationally. His current work at CGD is centered on the economics of climate change, and on trade, tax and intellectual property issues in the development context.

Among Subramanian’s recent CGD publications is Greenprint: A New Approach to Cooperation on Climate Change, a book written with Aaditya Mattoo that proposes a viable grand bargain on climate between the rich world polluters and China and other emerging markets.


The Center for Global Development: CGD works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for all people. As a nimble, independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit think tank, focused on improving the policies and practices of the rich and powerful, the Center combines world-class scholarly research with policy analysis and innovative outreach and communications to turn ideas into action.

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  • Arvind Subramanian’s expert profile and CGD-related work is available here.

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