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Dilip Ratha

Lead Economist

DILIP RATHA is Lead Economist and Manager, Migration and Remittances, and Head, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) in the Development Prospects Group of the World Bank. He is the focal point for the World Bank’s Migration Working Group and the Diaspora Bond Task Force, and a co-coordinator of the (G8) Global Remittances Working Group. According to the New York Times, “No one has done more than Mr. Ratha to make migration and its potential rewards a top-of-the-agenda concern in the world’s development ministries.” Besides migration and remittances, Dilip’s research reflects a deep interest in innovative financing for poor countries: diaspora bonds, future-flow securitization, shadow sovereign ratings and South-South foreign direct investment. He is currently the chair of the Consortium Advisory Group (and previously the founding CEO) of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium based in the University of Sussex. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked as a regional economist for Asia at Credit Agricole Indosuez, Singapore; as an assistant professor of economics at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and as an economist at the Policy Group, New Delhi. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi where he also worked as a visiting lecturer and helped build a CGE model of the Indian economy. Dilip hosts People Move, a popular blog, and can be followed on Twitter at @DilipRatha.


World Bank working papers and publications

1 .Sovereign ratings in the post-crisis world : an analysis of actual, shadow and relative risk ratings
2 .Migration and remittances during the global financial crisis and beyond
3 .Leveraging migration for Africa : remittances, skills, and investments
4 .Impact of migration on economic and social development : a review of evidence and emerging issues
5 .Optimisation du phenomene migratoire pour l'Afrique : envois de fonds, competences et investissements
6 .Forecasting migrant remittances during the global financial crisis
7 .Migration and remittances factbook 2011 : second edition
8 .Migrant remittance flows : findings from a global survey of central banks
9 .Remittances and natural disasters : ex-post response and contribution to ex-ante preparedness
10 .Innovative financing for development
11 .Beyond aid : new sources and innovative mechanisms for financing development in Sub-Saharan Africa
12 .Migration and remittances factbook 2008
13 .Shadow sovereign ratings for unrated developing countries
14 .Development finance via diaspora bonds track record and potential
15 .Complementarity between multilateral lending and private flows to developing countries : some empirical results
16 .Middle-income countries - development challenges and growing global role
17 .Demand for World Bank lending
18 .Development financing during a crisis : securitization of future receivables
19 .What factors appear to drive private capital flows to developing countries? and how does official lending respond?




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