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Ashok Chakravarti is a development economist who has been providing policy advice to countries,
mainly in the African region, for the past 40 years. He has also taught Economics at the Masters level
at the University of Zimbabwe. He is the author of two books in economics and several journal papers.

CONTACT:
ashok.chakravarti@yoafrica.com

CAREER:
2017: Adviser/Coach, Ease of Doing Business Program, Office of the President and Cabinet, Government
of Zimbabwe
2014 – 2016: Senior Advisor, USAID/Strategic Research and Analysis Program, Harare.
2009 – 2014: University of Zimbabwe: Senior Visiting Lecturer.
2010 – 2013: Ministry of Finance, Government of Zimbabwe: Advisor in Aid and Debt Management.
2007-2009: Manager (Work-On-Call), Deloitte’s Consulting, New York.
2004 – 2007: Chief of Party, Government of South Sudan/USAID Institutional Development Program.
1992 to 2004: Managing Partner, ACV Consultants (Pvt) Ltd., Harare, Zimbabwe.
1987 to 1992: Economic Adviser, United Nations Development Program, Lilongwe, Malawi.
1984 to 1987: UNDP Economic Adviser in Aid Coordination & Information Systems, Ministry of Finance & Planning, Harare, Zimbabwe.
1980 to 1984: Regional Trade Adviser, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),
Geneva, Switzerland.

FELLOWSHIPS:
Visiting Fellow, Department of International Development, Oxford University, U.K: 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009.

BOOKS:
“Economic Performance and the Visible Hand: Theory and Evidence”. 2012. Edward Elgar (USA and
UK). The book has been endorsed by leading economists including Nobel Prize winners. It proposes an
institutional economics based model to explain the economic performance of nations.
“Aid, Institutions and Development: New Approaches to Growth, Governance and Poverty”. 2006.
Edward Elgar (USA and UK). The book reviews the evidence on aid flows and indicates that such flows have
had a negligible impact on development.

JOURNAL PAPERS:
“Imperfect Information and Opportunism”. Journal of Economic Issues. University of Arkansas, U.S.December 2017.
“Imperfect Information and Self-Interest”. Paper submitted to first Conference of World Interdisciplinary
Network for Institutional Research, London September 2014.
“Protection of the Synthetic Fibres and Yarns and its Implications for Inter-Fibre Policy”. Economic and Political Weekly, Bombay, India. August 1982.
“Social Profitability of Training Unskilled Workers in India, an Application of the Little-Mirrlees Method”.
Oxford Economic Papers, March 1972.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:
“Liquidity Challenges in Zimbabwe”. Paper presented to ZNCC Conference. March 2014.
“Rationality, Opportunism and Market Performance”. Working Paper No. 1/2010, Department of
Economics, University of Zimbabwe. 2010.
“A Theory of Discontinuous Change”. Working Paper No. 164, Dept. of International Development,
Oxford University, U.K. 2008.
“Livelihoods Scoping Study: Zambezi Valley”. DFID/Save the Children, Harare. 2004.
“Malawi: Salt Marketing and Distribution Study”. Harvard Institute for International Development,
Malawi. 1995.
“Malawi: Seed Policy Study”. USAID, Malawi. 1994.
“Aid Flows to Malawi 1986-90: An Analysis”. Department of Economic Planning, Government of
Malawi. 1991.
“Generalized Scheme of Trade Preferences and the Asian Least Developed Countries: An Analysis of
Approaches and Potential Benefits”. UNCTAD. 1984.
“Trade Sector Issues in Least Developed Countries of Asia & Pacific”. UNCTAD. 1983.
“Bhutan: Economic Memorandum”. Planning Commission, Govt. of Bhutan. 1983.
“Social Profitability of Public Sector Enterprises in India”, M. Phil. Thesis, University of Oxford. 1972.
“Developmental Impact of International Finance Corporations Projects: 1956-71”. World Bank. 1971.