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Amartya Sen won Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize 2015

Feb 10, 2015 16:30 IST

Economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on 9 February 2015 won the newly established Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize 2015.

Amartya Sen

With this, Professor Sen will receive 7500 British pounds to commission a work of art and will give the annual Charleston-EFG Keynes Lecture at the Charleston Festival in the United Kingdom. This year’s lecture is scheduled for 23 May 2015 and it will be on The Economic Consequences of Austerity.

Professor Sen is regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in the field of famine, poverty, social choice and welfare economics. His ground-breaking work has had a profound impact on the formation of development policy worldwide.

Currently, he is a Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.

Amartya Sen
• Amartya Sen was born on 3 November 1933 in Manikganj, Bangladesh.
• Sen began his career both as a teacher and a research scholar in the Department of Economics, Jadavpur University, West Bengal.
• In 1972, he joined the London School of Economics as a Professor of Economics where he taught until 1977. From 1977 to 1986 he taught at the University of Oxford.
• His books have been translated into more than 30 languages including The Idea of Justice (2009).
• On 19 July 2012, Sen was appointed as the first chancellor of the proposed Nalanda University (NU) in India.
• He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics.

Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize

• The award was constituted on 23 May 2014 by Director of the Charleston Trust, Alistair Burtenshaw through an announcement during a lecture given by Channel 4 News Culture and Digital Editor Paul Mason at the Charleston Festival.
• It was jointly conceived by Keith Gapp, Head of strategy and marketing of EFG International, and the Charleston Trust.
• This new global prize aims to honour an individual of any nationality of exceptional and inter-disciplinary talents in the spirit of British Economist John Maynard Keynes’ work, life and legacy.

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