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 at Ashoka University, he has for over twenty five years

by now intervened in the debates on India's economy via his popular writing.

Balakrishnan is a recipient of the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for Distinguished

Contribution to Development Studies.