Raghbendra Jha, PhD (Columbia), FWIF, is Professor of Economics and Executive Director Australia South Asia Research Centre, Department of Economics, Crawford School, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. He has previously taught at Columbia University and Williams College in the US, Queen’s University (Canada), University of Warwick (UK) and Delhi School of Economics, Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in India. He has authored or edited 23 books with major publishers including Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and ANU Press. He has more than one hundred papers in papers in refereed outlets including international scientific journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Energy Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Applied Economics, Public Finance, Public Finance Review, Public Choice, Journal of Comparative Economics, Empirical Economics, Asian Economic Policy Review, Journal of Asian Economics, World Development, World Economy, and International Review of Applied Economics, and in chapters in refereed books by publishers such as Oxford University Press. He is on the editorial board of major economics journals including International Tax and Public Finance and Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies. He has consulted for, among others, the World Bank, the UN, UNDP, the ADB, IFAD, and DFID. His research has been funded by major organizations such as Shastri Indo-Canadian Foundation, the Government of India, the MacArthur Foundation (Chicago), DFID (UK), the Australian Research Council, the AusAID, and IDRC (Canada). His research and teaching interest are in Public Economics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics and Environmental Economics and his regional specialty is South Asia, particularly India.