AD­VISE AND CON­SENT

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE - By KAVEREE BAMZAI

An early front-run­ner in the race to suc­ceed the truth-prone Kaushik Basu as chief eco­nomic ad­viser is MIT pro­fes­sor Ab­hi­jit Ban­er­jee. The Gov­ern­ment has been try­ing to lure Ban­er­jee, an ex­pert on poverty, and co-au­thor of the best­selling Poor Eco­nom­ics, into join­ing Plan­ning Com­mis­sion as a mem­ber. It will cer­tainly im­prove its poverty es­ti­mates. But he may pre­fer the more sig­nif­i­cant job of chief eco­nomic ad­viser. Like Basu, Ban­er­jee has no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in Gov­ern­ment and is a spe­cial­ist in micro­eco­nomics. Per­fect equa­tion.

RITESH SHARMA

BAN­ER­JEE

VIKRAM Sharma/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

BASU

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