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Anil Deolalikar


Anil Deolalikar

Understanding Economics Around the World

In today’s environment of unprecedented financial uncertainty, Anil Deolalikar is a leading economic expert with a unique understanding. The UCR professor of economics has published extensively on poverty, health, education and social protection in developing countries, where he asks the question: How are the most vulnerable – those at the bottom of the global economic ladder – affected?

In 2008, Deolalikar analyzed the state of hunger in India using a new India State Hunger Index developed by UCR and the International Food Policy Research Institute. The index is useful as an advocacy tool to identify those in need and to build awareness of discrepancies in hunger levels across different regions.

For me, living the promise means using the vast research and scientific expertise that we have at UCR to come up with practical, cost-effective solutions to real-world challenges facing our region, our state, our nation and the world — challenges such as global poverty, disease and hunger; climate change and environmental degradation; suburban sprawl; water and energy security; and, more recently, the economic meltdown and the housing foreclosure crisis. As a university, we have a moral obligation to use our privileged position in society to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. To me, living the promise is fulfilling this obligation.

During the Copenhagen Consensus 2008, a gathering of the world’s most distinguished economists who meet every four years to identify the best cost-effective solutions to 10 of the world’s biggest challenges, Deolalikar was one of three economists to recommend the top-ranking solution, proposing highly effective strategies to attack hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

Along with being a professor of economics, Deolalikar serves as associate dean of social sciences for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), director of the Public Policy Initiative for CHASS and the director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) at UCR.

He has impeccable credentials that extend from an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard, a Diploma in Economics from Cambridge, a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford and a postdoctoral fellowship in economic demography at Yale. Having extensive international experience, Deolalikar conducts research focused on economic development, human capital and public policy. In addition to his research, he has been an advisor to a number of developing-country governments and international organizations, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Development Program, helping to design and implement economic and social policy interventions.

Deolalikar’s work at UCR has positioned him as an invaluable resource for the world’s future in health. In November of 2009, he was named co-director of One Health: Water, Animals, Food and Society, which is one of the three Centers of Expertise that has formed the UC-wide Global Health Institute. The Institute is an innovative multi-campus, transdisciplinary program for global health which addresses long-standing and emerging challenges of global health through education, research and partnership. The Institute is expected to eventually lead to the establishment of the UC School of Global Health.

Deolalikar’s government expertise has found fertile ground at UCR, where he has spearheaded the successful effort to launch a School of Public Policy. The new professional school, approved by the UC Regents in September 2008, will focus on a range of social and environmental policy issues, particularly those related to population growth and immigration – a good match for our fast-growing Inland Southern California region.

Read more about Deolalikar and the Global Health Institute.

Learn more about Deolalikar's research.

Read more about Deolalikar being named the new director of CSSD.

Watch a video of Deolalikar discussing poverty.

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