Raghbendra Jha is Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Australia South Asia Research Centre in the Ardnt-Corden Department of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy. He is Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation and specialises in development economics, macroeconomics, and public economics.
Professor Jha is on editorial boards of major economics journals and has consulted widely for organisations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNECA, UNRISD, WIDER, DFID, and IFAD.
He has published extensively with leading publishers in key areas of economics. His research has been funded by several organizations including the MacArthur Foundation, DFID, IFAD, Australian Research Council and AusAID, among several others. His current areas of research interest include food security, economic and social history of India and fiscal federalism in India.
Recent book publications include Hunger and Malnutrition as Major Challenges of the 21st Century, World Scientific, 2019; Handbook on Food: Demand, Supply, Sustainability and Security, Edward Elgar 2014; Diets, Malnutrition and Disease: The Indian Experience, Oxford University Press, 2014; The Economics of Food Security, (in two volumes) Edward Elgar, 2016; Facets of India’s Economy and her Society, (in two volumes) Palgrave Macmillan, 2018; Hunger and Malnutrition as Major Challenges of the Twenty First Century, World Scientific Publishers, 2018.
- Member Golden Key International Honour Society, 2009-
- Biographed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World. Elected Fellow of the World Innovation Foundation, 2001
- Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Columbia University, NY (1979)
- Assistant Professor, Williams College, Williamstown, MA (1979–83)
- Reader, Delhi School of Economics (1983–92)
- Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1989, 1990, 1993–94)
- Professor Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (1994–95), Visiting Faculty, University of Warwick (1996)
- Professor, IGIDR, Mumbai (1995–99), Senior Professor, IGIDR, Mumbai (2000)
- Rajiv Gandhi Chair and Executive Director, Australia South Asia Research Centre, ANU (since January 2001). Member, Panel of Experts, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (since March 1996)
- Associate Editor, International Tax and Public Finance (since January 1999)
- Member Editorial Board, Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies (since January 2007). Consultant to WIDER, UNDP, UNRISD, ADB, the World Bank, Government of India, Reserve Bank of India and IFAD.
- Public Economics
- Macroeconomic problems of developing countries,
- optimal tax and price policy,
- Fiscal federalism,
- Indian economic problems - in particular, poverty, undernutrition, functioning of agricultural markets and financial sector reforms.