Professor Maitreesh Ghatak is a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a position he has held since 2004. He completed his PhD in Economics at Harvard University in 1996 under the supervision of Eric Maskin and Abhijit V. Banerjee. He is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Economics for Research at the LSE and has been the Director of the Development Economics Group at the research centre STICERD (Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines) since 2005. Professor Ghatak’s main areas of research interest are development economics, public economics, and the economics of organizations. His work in development economics involves trying to understand what causes poverty to be persistent, and looking at factors that govern individual choice, operation of markets, and governance that constrain the productive potential of individuals. He has worked on a wide range of topics including micro-finance, social enterprise, marriage and caste, poverty traps, and land acquisition for industry. Other than his academic research, Professor Ghatak also writes extensively – in English and in Bengali – on political and economic issues with a special focus on India for a general audience. He has a regular opinion column at NDTV.com, and also writes in various other magazines and blogs such as the Economic and Political Weekly of India (EPW), Anushtup (Bengali), Baromas (Bengali), The Outlook, The Open and The Wire. He also writes op-ed columns for newspapers such as The Guardian, the Anandabazar Patrika (Bengali), The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, Mint, DNA, The Financial Express, The Telegraph, and Business Standard.