Arvind Virmani

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Arvind Virmani
Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Arvind Virmani, in New Delhi on December 16, 2008.jpg
13th Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India
In office
2007 - 2009
Personal details

Arvind Virmani is an Indian economist who was appointed India's representative to the International Monetary Fund in 2009. Prior to that, he was the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India.[1]

He is regarded as one of the top Indian Economists.

Early life and education[edit]

Arvind Virmani attended The Doon School. He later graduated with a degree in Economics from the St. Stephen's College, Delhi and from California Institute of Technology, following, graduated with a doctorate in economics from Harvard University.[2]


He has been an advisor to the Indian Government at the highest levels, including as Principal Advisor, Planning Commission and Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance.[3] During his period as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, Virmani wrote the Economic survey of India (2008-2009). In 2009, he was appointed as India's representative in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a position that is often considered to be a reward for bureaucrats who are coming close to retirement and that has a three-year period of office.[4]


He published several articles in the areas of Macroeconomics, growth and finance, International trade & Tariffs and International relations.[5] His books include The Sudoku of India’s Growth,[6] From Uni-polar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox,[7] Propelling India From Socialist Stagnation To Global Power.[8]


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  2. ^ Bhattacharya, A. K. (23 August 2011). "Lunch with BS: Arvind Virmani Professor of reform". Business Standard. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
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  4. ^ "Arvind Virmani gets plum IMF job". Indian Express. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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