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Binayak Sen is research director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. His major areas of research include inclusive development, chronic poverty, income inequality, human development, labor markets, social protection, economic history, and political economy. At the World Bank he previously held positions as senior economist in the South Asia Region and a visiting research fellow at the Research Administration Department. Sen has served as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNDP, and the WHO. He has played an active role in various high-level national committees and commissions for the government of Bangladesh during the last two decades. Sen holds an M.A. in economics from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.