Pulapre Balakrishnan was born at Klari, his ancestral village in Kerala, India, in 1955.
He was educated at Moscow, Madras and New Delhi, and trained as an economist at
Oxford and Cambridge. His published work spans the inflationary process, the
measurement of productivity growth, the transition to the market in post-communist
Eastern Europe, agricultural involution in Kerala and economic growth in India. He is best
known for his books 'Pricing and Inflation in India' (OUP, 1991) and 'Economic Growth in
India: History and Prospect' (OUP, 2010). He has held appointments at Worcester College
of Oxford University, the Indian Statistical Institute at Delhi and the Indian Institute of
Management at Kozhikode. He has served as Country Economist for Ukraine at the World
Bank and as a consultant to the ILO, RBI and UNDP. During 2010-13 he was Director of
the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. Currently Professor of
Economics at Ashoka University, he has for over twenty five years intervened in the
debates on the Indian economy via his popular writing. Balakrishnan is a recipient of the
Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies (2014).