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Institute Grantee Vamsi Vakulabharanam Wins Amartya Sen Award for ‘Distinguished Social Scientists’ in India


Dr. Vamsi Vakulabharanam, an associate professor of economics at the University of Hyderabad and a grantee of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, has won the prestigious Amartya Sen Award, a newly instituted honor given by the Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR).

In recognition of his distinguished work, Dr. Vamsi will receive a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of Rs 10 lakhs.

Dr. Vamsi currently is exploring issues related to poverty in India, China, Japan and a few other Asian countries.

His Institute grant deals with Inequality in Asia and is titled “Development and Inequality: What Can the Asian Experience Teach Us?” The project aims to throw light on the relationship between development and inequality by analyzing the Asian experience after the 1950s. It compares the more broad-based first wave of Asian growth to the more inequitable growth since 1980.