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
Europe, agricultural involution in Kerala and economic growth in India. He is best
known, however, 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 of Ashoka University and Senior Fellow of IIM
Kozhikode, he has for over twenty five years by now intervened in the public discussion
on India's economy via his popular writing. Balakrishnan is a recipient of the Malcolm
Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished Contribution to Development Studies (2014).