Professor Deepak Lal is James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, and Professor Emeritus of Political Economy, University College London. He was educated at the Doon School, Dehra Dun, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and Jesus College, Oxford. He has been a member of the Indian Foreign Service, (1963-66), a full-time consultant to the Indian Planning Commission (1973-74) and a consultant to numerous international agencies and governments. He was the Research Administrator at the World Bank (1984-87) He received the Italian Societa Libera's International Freedom Prize for Economics in 2007, and was the President of the Mont Pelerin Society.
Professor Lal is the author of numerous articles and books on economic development and public policy including: The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Unintended Consequences; In Praise of Empires; Reviving the Invisible Hand; and most recently Lost Causes and Poverty and Progress.
His latest book War or Peace: The struggle for World Power is in press.