Ambar Narayan

Lead Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank

Ambar Narayan leads and advises teams conducting policy analysis, evaluations and research in development from a microeconomic perspective. Topics that he works on include inequality of opportunity, economic mobility, policy evaluation, structural and spatial transformation, and the welfare impacts of economic shocks. He has been a lead author for several large World Bank reports, which include a recent global study on intergenerational mobility; and studies on inequality of opportunity in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa and South Africa, on poverty and inequality in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, and on welfare impacts of the financial crisis in developing countries. He has co-authored several academic publications and working papers, which reflect the eclectic mix of topics he has worked on over the years. In the past, he has worked in the South Asia region of the World Bank on knowledge and lending programs. He holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University in the United States.

CEPR Policy Research


  • 17 - 18 August 2019 / Peking University, Beijing / Chinese University of Hong Kong – Tsinghua University Joint Research Center for Chinese Economy, the Institute for Emerging Market Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development at Stanford University, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, BREAD, NBER and CEPR
  • 19 - 20 August 2019 / Vienna, Palais Coburg / WU Research Institute for Capital Markets (ISK)
  • 29 - 30 August 2019 / Galatina, Italy /
  • 4 - 5 September 2019 / Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy / European Center of Sustainable Development , CIT University
  • 9 - 14 September 2019 / Guildford, Surrey, UK / The University of Surrey