In this Cafe Dissensus conversation, Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati speaks to me. He is the University Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia University and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. A renowned expert on international trade, he has served in top-level advisory positions for the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, including Economic Policy Adviser to the Director-General, GATT (1991-93), and Special Adviser to the UN on globalization. His most recent book is: Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries (2013), co-authored with Prof. Arvind Panagariya, which was picked as a ‘best book’ of 2013 by the Financial Times.
In this interview, Prof. Bhagwati talks about his differences of opinion with Prof. Amartya Sen, Indian General Elections 2014, economic growth, economic reforms, Gujarat Riots 2002, social spending, and foreign investment in the retail sector.
[First published in Cafe Dissensus.]