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Lord Meghnad Desai is an Indianbom, naturalized British economist and Labor politician. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 2008

He secured a master's degree from University of Mumbai, after which he won a scholarship to University of Pennsylvania in1960. He completed his PhD at Pennsylvania in 1963.

He worked as Associate Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of California, Berkeley, California. He then became a lecturer at the London School of Economics in 1965. At LSE, he taught econometrics, macroeconomics, Marxian economics and development economics over the years.

He wrote his first book Marxian Economic Theory in 1973 followed by Applied Econometrics in 1976 and Marxian Economics in 1979. He wrote Testing Monetarism, a critique of monetarism, in 1981.Desai has written extensively publishing over 200 articles in academic journals and had a regular column in the British radical weekly Tribune during 1985 1994, in the Indian business daily Business Standard (1995-2001) and in Indian Express and Financial Express. During 1984-1991, he was co-editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics. A selection of his academic papers was published in two volumes as The Selected Essays of Meghnad Desai in 1995. …

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