Arvind Virmani

Arvind Virmani is an Indian economist and full time Member of NITI Aayog. He 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]

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
Alma materDelhi University (BSc)
Caltech (BS)
Harvard University (MA, PhD)

Early life and educationEdit

Virmani attended The Doon School. He graduated with a degree in Physics from the St. Stephen's College, Delhi and studied Electronics and Economics at California Institute of Technology, following which, he received MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University under the supervision of Kenneth Arrow.[2][3]


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.[4] 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.[5]


He published several articles in the areas of Macroeconomics, growth and finance, International trade & Tariffs and International relations.[6] His books include The Sudoku of India's Growth,[7] From Uni-polar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox,[8] Propelling India From Socialist Stagnation To Global Power.[9]


  1. ^ "Arvind Virmani appointed Chief Economic Adviser to Finance Min - Oneindia News". 13 July 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Arvind Virmani - CV". Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  3. ^ Bhattacharya, A. K. (23 August 2011). "Lunch with BS: Arvind Virmani Professor of reform". Business Standard. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Reputed economist Arvind Virmani appointed CEA - Oneindia News". 13 July 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Arvind Virmani gets plum IMF job". The Indian Express. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Arvind Virmani". Ideas/Repec. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Gain Insights, knowledge and more | Subscribe to Business Standard Premium". Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Academic Foundation - Indian Economy: Books, Documents, Reports". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  9. ^ Your name here (2006). Propelling India from Socialist Stagnation to Global Power: Volume 1: Growth Process (1): Virmani, Arvind: 9788171885305: Books. ISBN 8171885306.

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