Vikram Nehru

Senior Associate
Asia Program
Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies
Nehru is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program. An expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia, his research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.
 

Education

MA, MPhil, Oxford University

 

Vikram Nehru is a senior associate in the Asia Program and Bakrie Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. An expert on development economics, growth, poverty reduction, debt sustainability, governance, and the performance and prospects of East Asia, his research focuses on the economic, political, and strategic issues confronting Asia, particularly Southeast Asia.

From 1981 to 2011, Nehru served in the World Bank, including in a number of senior management positions. Most recently, he was chief economist and director for poverty reduction, economic management, and private and financial sector development for East Asia and the Pacific. In this capacity, he advised the governments of developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific on economic and governance issues, including macroeconomic management, public sector and public financial management, financial and private sector development, and poverty reduction.

Previously, he directed the World Bank’s Economic Policy and Debt Department, where he was responsible for managing global programs for debt relief and for developing new tools and techniques for growth analytics, fiscal-policy analysis, subnational and regional development, and small-states development. In addition, he chaired the bank’s Economic Policy Sector Board, which provided strategic leadership for all of its country and macroeconomists.

In leading the World Bank’s Debt Department, Nehru managed the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, Debt Sustainability Framework, Debt Reduction Facility, Debt Management Facility, Debt Management Performance Assessment Program, and Medium Term Debt Strategies for Developing Countries.

His portfolio at the World Bank also included serving as lead economist on Indonesia and China as well as senior economist for Ghana. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held an administrative position with the government of India.

Nehru has written numerous journal articles and contributed to several books. His papers include: “East Asia and the Pacific Confronts the ‘New Normal’”; “The Concept of Odious Debt: Some Considerations”; “When is External Debt Sustainable?”; “Indonesia in Crisis”; and “China 2020: Development Challenges in the New Century.”

  • Democracy
    November 19, 2014 Washington, DC
    Democracy Is More Difficult Than Physics

    Emerging democracies are periodically vulnerable to legitimacy crises by the expansion of popular participation.

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  • November 18, 2014 Washington, DC
    U.S.-Myanmar Relations: The Significance of Obama’s Visit

    As President Obama travels to Myanmar for the East Asia Summit and U.S.-ASEAN Summit on November 12, pressure on the Myanmar government is mounting to revise its pro-military constitution and enact real reform.

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  • October 15, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    The End of Convergence?

    Convergence, the narrowing of the income gap between poor and rich countries, is one of the great stories of our time. A recent report shows that convergence has slowed in recent years, and that productivity in developing countries is not rising rapidly enough in key sectors.

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  • October 9, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Asian Poverty: The Untold Story

    According to the World Bank’s standard poverty measure, one in five Asians live in extreme poverty. However, a recent Asian Development Bank (ADB) report, asserts that this standard measure does not capture the true extent of extreme poverty in the region.

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  • October 2, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Abenomics: Will It Work for Japan and the Region?

    A recent IMF staff report on Japan finds some progress for so-called Abenomics, but says that progress is uneven and substantial medium-term risks remain. The success or failure of the policies have important implications for both Japan and the region.

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  • Indonesian presidential candidates
    July 8, 2014 Twitter.com/VikramNehru
    Indonesia Votes: Twitter Q&A with Vikram Nehru

    Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo both have the capacity to bend Indonesia’s arc of history—but each in a different direction.

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  • June 23, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Economic Prospects in Post-Election Indonesia

    On July 9 Indonesians will go to the polls to elect their next president for a five-year term, after a decade of steady—albeit recently slowing—growth.

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  • June 18, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    The Challenge of Political Legitimacy in Southeast Asia

    In Southeast Asia, political dynamics appear to be outrunning political institutional frameworks. Although Thailand is the obvious case, political systems in other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia and Singapore, are also under strain.

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  • April 24, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Will Indonesia’s Election Results Complicate Its Future?

    Indonesia’s recent legislative election results were not as clear cut as opinion polls forecasted. Will this mean a splintered parliament and a coalition government that struggles to enact much-needed reforms? Or could a decisive win in the presidential elections give Indonesia’s next leader a clear political mandate for change?

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  • April 17, 2014 Washington, DC
    Money and Politics in the 2014 Indonesian Elections

    As campaigns have become more expensive and public funding has declined, Indonesian political parties have been forced to turn to alternative funding sources.

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