Dr. Subir V. Gokarn [1959-2019]
A noted economist, late Subir Gokarn was born in Mumbai on October 3, 1959, the only child of Nirmala and Vasant Gokarn. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Bombay and a Master’s degree at the Delhi School of Economics, Subir did his PhD in Economics at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA. His professional career covered appointments at IGIDR Mumbai (Associate Professor; 1991-2000), NCAER Delhi (Chief Economist; 2000-2002), Standard and Poor’s (Chief Economist, Asia and Pacific; 2002-2009), Reserve Bank of India (Deputy Governor; 2009-2012), Brookings India (Director of Research; 2012-2015) and the International Monetary Fund (Executive Director; 2015-2019). During 1997-98, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University. He was a prolific columnist for the Business Standard newspaper in India and a frequent commentator on television. His ability to work effectively across academia, government and business demonstrated his abiding interest in applying economics to the real world.
Dr Gokarn’s career research interests have primarily been in the reforms process and its interrelationship with economic performance. He has addressed these issues from a variety of perspectives – cross-country comparisons, with particular focus on East Asia, and at macroeconomic, sector and industry levels in the Indian context. His research has resulted in a number of academic and media publications, including two co-authored books on the performance of the East Asian economies, and a co-edited book on the structure of Indian industry.
He passed away in Bethesda, Maryland, USA on July 30, 2019. He is survived by his wife Jyotsna Bapat and daughter Kanak Gokarn.
The three tabs below capture Dr Gokarn’s selected media writings, academic publications at IGIDR and research guidance at IGIDR.