The Indian Express presents the most powerful Indians of the year 2015. Here are the top 10 economists in India.
1) Arvind Panagariya
The Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog will be responsible for shaping the role of the successor to the Planning Commission as well as formulating government policy.
2) Raghuram Rajan
As Governor of RBI, Rajan has kept a hawk eye on inflation, withstanding all pressure to cut rates to boost growth. He also cautioned the govt on its fiscal policy.
3) Arvind Subramanian
The Chief Economic Adviser has thrown up new ideas for policy planning and is the first to suggest that more public spending may be the only way to boost growth.
4) Y V Reddy
As Chairman of 14th Finance Commission, Reddy has brought in big changes in the devolution of resources between Centre, states.
5) Amartya Sen
The Nobel laureate opted out of a second term as chancellor of Nalanda University, saying the government didn’t appear to want him.
6) Bibek Debroy
As a member of NITI Aayog, Debroy will play a crucial role in formulating policy framework. He headed a committee to restructure the Railway Board last year.
7) Surjit Bhalla
Chairman and managing director of Oxus Investments and an Express columnist, Bhalla has been a leading commentator on economic policies and trends.
8) T C A Anant
He has thrown open a debate on the economy’s growth trajectory after the Central Statistics Office released an updated series of GDP data.
9) Abhijit Banerjee
MIT professor and a director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, he has called for reforms in MGNREGA to make it more effective and targetted.
10) Isher Judge Ahluwalia
As the government works on a blueprint for 100 smart cities, Ahluwalia, a leading expert on urbanisation, will have her views.