Jagdish Bhagwati

University Professor


International Affairs Building, Room 1114


Personal Details

Focus areas: International trade 

Jagdish Bhagwati, a member of the Columbia faculty since 1980, is a university professor, the highest academic title at Columbia. He is also a Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has received several awards, including the Freedom Prize (Switzerland), Thomas Schelling Award (Harvard Kennedy School), the Bernhard Harms Prize (Germany), and the Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy (U.S.). He has been uniquely honored with six festschrifts by his many eminent pupils (including Paul Krugman) and scholars worldwide. He has also received several honorary degrees, including from London School of Economics, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Free University in Berlin.

A prolific researcher, Bhagwati has published more than 300 articles and 40 volumes, while writing extensively in leading newspapers and magazines as well. Widely regarded as the preeminent international trade economist today, Bhagwati has also made contributions to public finance, immigration, and the new theory of political economy.


  • PhD, MIT
  • BA, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai

Honors and Awards

  • Freedom Prize
  • Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy
  • Bernhard Harms Prize
  • Thomas Schelling Award 

Research And Publications

In Defense of Globalization

Oct 2004

Jagdish Bhagwati

A Stream of Windows: Unsettling Reflections on Trade, Immigration and Democracy

Oct 1998

Jagdish Bhagwati


Oct 1988

Jagdish Bhagwati

India: Planning for Industrialization

Oct 1970

Oxford University Press

Jagdish Bhagwati

Padma Desai

In The Media

What the actions of Justin Trudeau have done is to put at risk this remarkable saga of Indo-Canadian friendship, but it is not too late to mend, Jagdish Bhagwati writes.

Feb 02 2021
Times of India

Jagdish Bhagwati who has defended free trade for decades worries that people are beginning to despair about free trade for different reasons. 

Jan 22 2020

Cabinet member on leave from SIPA faculty attributes recent success to reforms intended to accelerate development and liberalize regulation of industry.

Feb 12 2017

As multilateral trade organizations draw increased scrutiny, distinguished guests joined Jagdish Bhagwati to discuss an agenda for the future.

Oct 06 2016

More than 200 dignitaries, scholars, and guests joined SIPA for the launch of the Deepak and Neera Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies on October 5.

Oct 07 2015