Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, currently the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, is a leading expert on economic policy, banking and corporate governance. A PhD from Chicago-Booth and a top-ranking IIT-IIM alumnus, he authored the path-breaking Economic Survey that commends “Ethical Wealth Creation” for a prosperous India. By integrating India’s rich economic and spiritual heritage with modern economic ideas, he advocates ethical wealth creation through a marriage of the invisible hand of the market with the hand of trust. Given India’s tryst with socialistic ideas, where wealth and wealth creators were considered a necessary evil, the advocacy of ethical wealth creation has been hailed as a path-breaking departure in policy thinking. His idea of Thalinomics – what a common person pays for a vegetarian or non-vegetarian thali – has been acclaimed as the Indian Big Mac Index. The 2019 Economic Survey – again authored by Dr. Subramanian – laid out the Strategic Blueprint for India to become a $5 trillion economy by generating a virtuous cycle where private investment, wage and employment growth as well as consumption feed into each other. His push for the behavioural economics of Nudge has been acknowledged for its potential to bring behavioural change in India. The slew of reforms implemented in the Covid economic package draw on key reform ideas advocated by him in the Economic Surveys of 2019 and 2020.
Dr. Subramanian is on leave from prestigious Indian School of Business, a top business school in India and the only Indian institution to be ranked in the world’s top 100 for path-breaking research, where he is a Professor of Finance. He has previously served on several expert committees including the P J Nayak Committee on governance of banks for the Reserve Bank of India and the Uday Kotak Corporate Governance Committee of Securities and Exchange Board of India. He was also the Founding Board Member at Bandhan Bank (2015-2018). Because of his work in shaping the Indian banking sector and other path-breaking research with a significant societal impact, Subramanian was named ISB’s inaugural Alumni Endowment Research Fellow in 2014.
His research in banking, law and finance, innovation and economic growth, and corporate governance has been published in the world’s leading journals, including The Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Law and Economics. Before beginning his academic career, Subramanian worked as a consultant with JPMorgan Chase in New York. He also served in a management role in the elite derivatives research group at ICICI Ltd., which at the time was India’s top project financing institution and one of the most sought-after recruiters in top Indian business schools.
Even while still earning his MBA and PhD, he produced award-winning work. Subramanian’s PhD dissertation earned the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which recognizes the top 15 PhD dissertations across all disciplines every year. While earning his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, he was named to the Honour Roll of the Institute for being a top ranker in the batch and was awarded the Institute’s coveted medal for the most balanced outlook to business problems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, one of India’s leading engineering schools.
In previous academic roles, Subramanian served on the finance faculty at Goizueta Business School at Emory University in the United States. He obtained his MBA and PhD in Financial Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business under the advice of Professor Luigi Zingales and Professor Raghuram Rajan. His own students have gone on to become faculty at the world’s top institutions such as London School of Economics, Indian School of Business and University of Houston after completing PhD at the world’s top PhD programs, including Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Berkeley, London Business School, Duke and Emory universities.
- Ph D (Financial Economics), Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
- MBA (Top ranker in the Batch, Placed in the Institute’s Roll of Honor) (Finance), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta
- B. Tech (Electrical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur
Mukherjee, Saptarshi.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Tantri, Prasanna. (2018) "Borrower Distress and Debt Relief: Evidence From a Natural Experiment", Journal of Law and Economics
, 614 (4), 607-635
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,William Megginson. (2018) "Employment Protection Laws and Privatization", The Journal of Law and Economics
, 61 (1), 97-123
Sarkar A..,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Tantri, Prasanna. (2018) "Effects of CEO Turnover in Banks: Evidence Using Exogenous Turnovers in Indian Banks", Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
, 54 (1), 183-214
Chakrabarti Rajesh.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Sesha Meka. (2017) "Localization of FDI flows: Evidence on Infrastructure as a critical determinant", Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting
, 2 (1), 205-246
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Frederick Tung. (2016) "Law and Project Finance", Journal of Financial Intermediation
Viral Acharya.,Baghai Ramin.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. (2014) "Wrongful Discharge Laws and Innovation", The Review of Financial Studies
, 27 (1)
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Sapra, Haresh.,Subramanian, Ajay. (2014) "Corporate Governance and Innovation : Theory and Evidence", Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
, 49 (4), 957 – 1003
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Viral Acharya.,R Baghai-Wadji. (2013) "Labor Laws and Innovation", Journal of Law and Economics
, 56 (4), 997-1037
Chava, Sudheer.,Oettl, Alexander.,Subramanian, Ajay.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. (2013) "Banking Deregulation and Innovation", Journal of Financial Economics
, 109 (3), 759-774
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. (2011) "Lessons from the financial crisis: failure of markets or failure of regulation?", Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies
, 4 (2)
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Viral V Acharya. (2009) "Bankruptcy Codes and Innovation", Review of Financial Studies
, 22 (12), 4949-4988
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. (2001) "Term Structure Estimation in Illiquid Markets", The Journal of Fixed Income
, 11 (1), 78-91
Bhowal, Subhendu.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Tantri, Prasanna. "Costs Of Job Rotation: Evidence From Mandatory Loan Officer Rotation", Management Science
Mukherjee S..,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Prasanna Tantri. "Borrower Distress And Debt Relief: Evidence From A Natural Experiment in India", Journal of Law and Economics
, 61 (4), 607-635
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Acharya, Viral. (2016) "State intervention in banking: the relative health of Indian public sector and private sector banks", Springer
Chakrabarti, Rajesh.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,P. K. Yadav.,Y. Yadav. (2012) "Executive Compensation in India, Research Handbook on Executive Pay", Edward Elgar Publications
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Acharya, Viral. "Dismissal Laws and Innovation", Book Edited by Asian Development Bank Institute
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Jefferson Abraham. "Employment protection laws and income inequality"
Mangipudi, Chandrasekhar.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Vasu, Rajkamal. "Valuation of Private, Innovative Targets: Evidence from Cisco’s Acquisitions"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Rajesh Chakrabarti. "Systemic Impact of Accounting Scandals on Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets: Evidence from India"
Tantri, Prasanna.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Chopra, Yakshup. "Operation Successful but Patient Dead: Bank Clean-up during Normal Times"
Samanvaya Agarwal.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Prasanna Tantri.,Saipriya Kamath. "Board Conduct in Banks: Evidence from Indian Banks"
Manchiraju, Hariom.,Prabhat, Saumya.,Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Sahoo, Satish. "Once Bitten, Twice Shy? Do Firms Learn Following Bad Acquisitions"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. "Clicks Versus Bricks: A Theory of Differences between Intangible-asset-intensive and Tangible-asset-intensive Firms"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Vaidyanathan. k..,Yadav Ajay. "Deregulation of Entry and Systemic Bank Failures"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. "Banking Deregulation and Job Creation by Entrepreneurial Firms"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Basak, Deepal. "Alliance, Acquisition and Excludability"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. "The Optimal Locus of Innovation"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Abhishek Bharadwaj.,Tantri Prasanna. "Relationship Banking and Monetary Policy Transmission: Evidence from India"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. "Independent Directors as Information Intermediaries in Emerging Markets"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy. "The Color of Money: A Startup's Choice among Venture Capitalists"
Subramanian, Krishnamurthy.,Bhowal Subhendu.,Tantri Prasanna. "Costs Of Job Rotation: Evidence From Mandatory Loan Officer Rotation"