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Raghbendra Jha (1953–2023)

A Leading Scholar on India’s Economy

An eminent expert on India’s economy and a major contributor to South Asian studies in Australia, Raghbendra Jha passed away in New Delhi at the age of 70. His legacy includes a large body of work on the Indian economy, from the macroeconomics of inflation to microeconomic issues such as anti-poverty initiatives.

The authors are grateful to family, friends, and colleagues of Raghbendra Jha for their helpful discussions and information. They are particularly thankful to Raghav Gaiha.

Emeritus professor Raghbendra (“Raghav”) Jha, who unexpectedly passed away on 20 November 2023, was an influential scholar on the Indian economy and in several fields of economics. He published no fewer than 32 books (both authored and edited) on various aspects of the Indian economy, society, and public policy; on South Asia; and in economics more generally. His interests were exceptionally diverse, including macroeconomics, public economics, agriculture, poverty and living standards, political economy, and much else. Raghav’s work was primarily motivated by the major development challenges and issues of the day. His work was analytically grounded and informed by the global development literature, with careful attention to data and a keen eye on the historical context.

Raghav attracted many graduate students who wanted to learn from and work with him, many of whom subsequently became personal friends and co-authors. During his 20 years at the Australian National University (ANU) alone, he was a primary supervisor for 15 PhD graduates, and on the panels of others too. He was a primary supervisor for another 11 PhD graduates in earlier roles. His broad global network of leading academics and officials is illustrated by the exceptional quality of speakers who accepted his invitation to present the
K R Narayanan Oration on key aspects of contemporary India.

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Updated On : 23rd Jan, 2024
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