FTI Speaker – Parth Shah


Dr Parth Shah is President of the Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, an independent, nonprofit, research and educational organizationthink tankin New Delhi, India. The Centre started on August 15, 1997 with the determination to improve the quality of life of all citizens of India by reviving and reinvigorating the institutions of civil society. It offers public policy solutions within the framework of rule of law, limited government, and competitive markets.

Parth received his B Pharm from M S University, Baroda, and Ph D in economics (with an emphasis on Austrian Political Economy) from Auburn University in the USA. He taught economics at the University of Michigan at Dearborn before returning to India to start the Centre for Civil Society. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency board systems. In India his research has focused on private initiatives in and reforms of the education system and property right approach to environmental problems and natural resource management.

He has edited Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility? and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change. He writes regularly for several newspapers and magazines. He is the youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the premier international association of classical liberals.

Parth enjoys applying economic principles to understand various human and non-human behavior patterns, and is always doing economics except when he plays chess, badminton, or tennis.

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