Pulapre Balakrishnan was born in his ancestral village of Klari, Kerala in 1955. He was educated in Moscow, Madras and New Delhi, and trained as an economist at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. His published work spans the inflationary process in the Indian economy, productivity growth in manufacturing, the macroeconomics of the transition to the market in Ukraine, agricultural involution in Kerala and economic growth in India. He has written in the professional journals and is the author of the books ‘Pricing and Inflation in India’ (OUP India, 1991) and ‘Economic Growth in India: History and Prospect’ (OUP India, 2010). Balakrishnan has held appointments at Worcester College Oxford, 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 been consultant to the International Labour Organisation, the Reserve Bank of India and the United Nations Development Program. Currently Professor at the Centre for Development Studies at Thiruvananthapuram, he has for over two decades intervened in the public debate on India's economy via his popular writings. He is the recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies (2014).