Jean Drèze (born 1959) is a Belgian-born Indian economist and activist.He has worked on several developmental issues facing India like hunger, famine, gender inequality.His co-authors include Nobel laureate in economics Amartya Sen, with whom he has written on famine, Nicholas Stern, with whom he has written on policy reform when market prices are distorted, and Nobel laureate in economics Angus Deaton. He is currently an honorary Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics, Ranchi University.
He was a member of the National Advisory Council of India in both first and second term, but only for a year each time. He excused himself after the first year both times.Jean Drèze is from a prominent Belgian academic family. His father is the economist Jacques Drèze, founder of the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, at the Université catholique de Louvain. His brother, Xavier Drèze, was a well-known and influential marketing and consumer research scholar at UCLA.He studied Mathematical Economics at the University of Essex in the 1980s and did his PhD (theoretical economics of cost-benefit analysis) at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi.He has lived in India since 1979 and became an Indian citizen in 2002.
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