Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 20

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. When I first attended the occasional Harvard-MIT joint faculty seminar I was dazzled by the number of luminaries in the gathering and the very high quality of discussion. Among the younger participants Joe Stiglitz was quite active, and his intensity was…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 18

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Of the senior professors at MIT other than Samuelson and Solow, I had a somewhat close relationship with Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, a pioneer in development economics. He had grown up in Vienna and taught in England before reaching MIT. He had advised…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 14

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Among other members in the Economics faculty at Cambridge, there was the great Italian scholar, Piero Sraffa. He was administratively the professor-in-charge of us, graduate students. So I met him a few times in that connection, but never quite intellectually engaged…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 11

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. At age twenty-three, after a brief stint of teaching at Calcutta University, I, accompanied by Kalpana, proceeded to Britain on a Commonwealth Scholarship. The Scholars from different parts of India were asked to assemble in Delhi, from where we were to…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 10

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Presidency College had a good Department of Economics and Political Science. I’d say that the teaching standard at my time there would compare quite favorably with the standard I found later when teaching undergraduate classes in Berkeley. I remember in my…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 8

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Even though I arrived at Economics with the aim of interpreting history, it soon gave me a more general perspective. First, it showed me the value of precision and empirical testing in thinking about socially important issues. This immediately appealed to…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 6

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. One remarkable redeeming feature of my dingy neighborhood in Kolkata was that within half a mile or so there was my historically distinctive school, and across the street from there was Presidency College, one of the very best undergraduate colleges in…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 4

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. In my Kolkata neighborhood there was one kind of collective action that was unusually successful–this related to religious festivals. Every autumn there was a tremendous collective mobilization of neighborhood resources and youthful energy in organizing the local pujas for one deity…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 3

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. By the time I started regular school my father’s home-schooling had prepared me enough to sail through the various half-yearly and annual examinations relatively easily. Indian exams, certainly then and to a large extent even now, do not test your talent…