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Ashok Kotwal

Ph.D. – Economics – Boston University – 1982
M.S. – Electrical Engineering – University of Idaho – 1970
B.S. – Electrical Engineering – I.I.T., Bombay – 1966

Dr. Kotwal is a Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia. His teaching Interests are Development Economics, International Trade and Globalization.

Major areas of his research include Analysis of organizational structures in LDCs, Labour and credit markets in LDCs, Interaction between agriculture and industry, Economic reforms in India and their impact on poverty, Political Economy of developmental policy-making, Social capital and rural economy, North-South trade, Globalization. His present research project is “The impact of economic reform on employment and poverty in India”. The goal is to understand the dynamics of growth and poverty process in India through the last 20 years in a theoretically consistent framework that would explain the empirical specifics of output and employment growth.

In 2008, Dr. Kotwal was awarded a UBC Faculty of Arts Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of his long record of outstanding teaching at the University. In recent years, Dr. Kotwal designed a course “Understanding Globalization” which has been a very popular course, and his exemplary teaching has been noted in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities.

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