Santosh Mehrotra is professor of economics at the Centre for Labour, Jawaharlal Nehru University. After an MA in economics from the New School for Social Research, New York, and a PhD in economics from Cambridge University, Mehrotra spent fifteen years with the United Nations (1991-2006) in research positions, heading UNICEF’s global research programme at the Innocenti Research Centre, Florence, and as chief economist of the global Human Development Report, New York. He returned to India to head the rural development division and development policy division of the Planning Commission (2006-09). He advises the NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Skill Development. His writings have been translated into Hindi, Spanish, French, Russian, German and Portuguese.