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Pushan Dutt

Professor of Economics


Pushan Dutt is a Professor of Economics at INSEAD. He holds a PhD in Economics from New York University, a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.

Professor Dutt's work lies at the intersection of politics, institutions and international economics. His main research examines how partisan concerns (the political ideology of parties in power) and populist concerns (inequality in income and asset distribution) play an important role in the determination of trade policies. The second stream of his research has a developmental focus and examines the links between institutions and policies. His recent work shows that political instability is very costly in terms of investment and growth, whereas the level of democracy or dictatorship in a country matters much less. A third stream of his research examines the role played by international trade and technological change in accelerating the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers.

Professor Dutt’s research has been published in Canadian Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal and the Journal of International Economics. He has also contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Social Sciences where he wrote the entries on Economics.

Professor Dutt has worked as an economist at the World Bank's Development Research Group and the Latin American and Caribbean Division, and is currently consulting for the World Bank on a major research project. He has also worked as a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and as a writer and consultant for the Oxford University Press. In addition, he has taught microeconomics, economic development, and international trade and finance to undergraduate, MBA, and PhD participants since 1994. He has won the Best Teacher Award in the INSEAD MBA programme multiple times.

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Economics & Finance

Deflation Woes: Can China Avoid Japanification?

Pushan Dutt

What the world’s second-largest economy could do to stop its spiral into economic stagnation.
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Economics & Finance

US-China Ties: Damage Controlled But Obstacles Ahead

Pushan Dutt

Even before the top US diplomat headed to China this week, talk of a new Cold War was unhelpful. Still, Washington and Beijing have their work cut out steering their relationship back on course.

Leadership & Organisations

ChatGPT and the Future of Business Education

P. Puranam, P. Dutt, P. Wibbens, A. Ovchinnikov, V. Sevcenko, T. Evgeniou, P. Parker

How ChatGPT can help – and hinder – research and learning at business schools.

Economics & Finance

China’s Economy: Dragon in Turbulence

Pushan Dutt

Anaemic growth and a crippling economic war with the United States weigh on Xi Jinping even as he cements his position as China’s most powerful leader since Mao.

Economics & Finance

A China Blockade of Taiwan Will Hurt Us All

Pushan Dutt

The global economy will bear the consequences of an all-out economic war between the United States and China should the latter try to shut off Taiwan.


What Does the Microfinance Debate Imply for Impact Investing?

P. Dutt, J. Singh

A flexible, outcome-focused approach is the best way to achieve societal goals.