Pushan Dutt is Professor of Economics and the Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation at INSEAD. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta.
Pushan'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. His second stream of research, that has a developmental focus, 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 research examines the role played by international trade and technological change in accelerating the wage gap between skilled and unskilled workers.
Pushan's research has been published at the 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.
Pushan 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 Oxford University Press. In addition he has taught microeconomics, economic development, and international trade and finance to undergraduates, MBAs, and Ph.D.s since 1994. He has won the best teacher award in the MBA programme at INSEAD multiple times.