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Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta (born November 17, 1942), FBA, FRS, is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh.




Research interests have covered welfare and development economics; the economics of technological change; population, environmental, and resource economics; the theory of games; and the economics of undernutrition.


He did undergraduate studies in Physics at the University of Delhi, India and then did a B.A Mathematics at Cambridge in which he got a 3rd class honours. This was followed by a PhD in Economics at Cambridge.


Dasgupta currently lectures undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge.


Dasgupta is a fellow of St. John's College, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a fellow of the British Academy, foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, honorary fellow of the London School of Economics, honorary member of the American Economic Association, member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and patron of the Optimum Population Trust. He is a past president of the Royal Economic Society (1998-2001) and the European Economic Association (1999). From 1991 to 1997, Dasgupta was chairman of the scientific board of the Beijer International Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and, from 1989 to 1992, professor of economics and philosophy, and director of the Program in Ethics in Society at Stanford University. Since 2008 he has been part-time Professor of Environmental and Development Economics at the University of Manchester's Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI). He is currently president-elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), with his biennial presidencial term starting in 2010.


Dasgupta was named Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 in her Birthday Honours List for services to economics and was co-recipient (with Karl Goran Maler) of the 2002 Volvo Environment Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society (elected 2004), a foreign member of the American Philosophical Society (elected 2005) and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1991.[1] In 2007 and together with Erik Maskin, he was awarded the Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics, a joint prize of the Kempe Foundation and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE).

Selected publications

  • Social Capital: A Multifaceted Perspective (co-editor with Ismail Serageldin). Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 2000. * (book preview except pp. 217-401, 403-25)
  • Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, Rev. ed. 2004.
  • Economics: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. (OUP Website)


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