Panchanan Das is currently Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Calcutta. He holds a Ph D from the University of Calcutta and has over 25 years of academic experience. His research areas include growth, poverty, and inequality and has contributed to numerous refereed research journals at the national and international level, four edited volumes, and has also authored one book. He is the major contributor of the West Bengal Development Report—2008, published jointly by the Planning Commission, Government of India and Academic Foundation (2010). He has also presented numerous papers in both national as well as international seminars.