Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professorship 2023

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The Department of Economics is delighted to host two eminent international economists in April and May of 2023: Professor Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University) and Professor Raj Chetty (Harvard University).
These visits are generously funded by the Sanjaya Lall Memorial.


The Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford was created to honour the memory and academic legacy of Professor Sanjaya Lall (1940 - 2005). The distinguished scholarship scheme has run for over a decade, inviting some of the most prestigious international Economists to the University of Oxford.


The Sanjaya Lall Speakers 2023


Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz

Distinguished Sanjaya Lall Visiting Fellow

University Professor at Columbia Univeristy

Chief Economist of The Roosevelt Institute
Co-founder and President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
Co-Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. Stiglitz was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979. He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former chair of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's research focuses on income distribution, climate change, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books including, most recently, People, Power, and ProfitsRewriting the Rules of the European Economy, and Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited.

Professor Raj Chetty

Professor Raj Chetty

Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor 2023

William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University

Director of Opportunity Insights


Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights, which uses big data to study the science of economic opportunity: how we can give children from all backgrounds better chances of succeeding?  Chetty’s work has been widely cited in academia, media outlets, and policy discussions in the United States and beyond

Chetty received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 and is one of the youngest tenured professors in Harvard’s history. He has received numerous awards for his research, including a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Bates Clark medal, given to the economist under 40 whose work is judged to have made the most significant contribution to the field


Upcoming events in the series


27th April 2023

Panel Event with Prof Joseph E. Stiglitz

"Green Industrial Policy: Saving the World without a Trade War"

17:00 - 19:00, Mathematical Institute


3rd May 2023

Lecture with Prof Joseph E. Stiglitz

"Freedom and Liberty: Perspectives from 21st Century Economics"

17:30 - 19:00, Mathematical Institute

 Available HERE

18th May 2023

Lecture with Prof Raj Chetty

"Creating Equality of Opportunity: New Insights from Big Data"

17:30 - 19:00, Manor Road Lecture Theatre

Available HERE

22nd May 2023

Panel Event with Prof Raj Chetty

"Inequality and Social Mobility in the 21st Century: New Challenges and Opportunities"

17:00 - 19:00, Mathematical Institute


About Professor Sanjaya Lall (1940 - 2005)

Sanjaya Lall was a development economist and Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford. Lall's research interests included the impact of foreign direct investment in developing countries, the economics of multi-national corporations, and the development of technological capability and industrial competitiveness in developing countries. One of the world's pre-eminent development economists, Lall was also one of the founding editors of the journal Oxford Development Studies and a senior economist at the World Bank (1965–68 and 1985–87).