About Shome

Parthasarathi Shome is Senior Visiting Fellow, International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics (May 2019-September 2020) and Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), India, website: www.itraf.org.
He was a professor at American University, Washington DC (1975-83) where he rose to be tenured Professor.
He served at the International Monetary Fund (1983-2004) in various capacities including the first Senior Economist in the Office of the Managing Director (1987-88), Chief of Tax Policy (1992-95) and Director (Ambassador), IMF Singapore Institute (2001-03).
He has provided technical assistance in the taxation field to more than thirty countries in Africa (including Botswana, Rwanda, South Africa), Asia (including Bangladesh, China, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey), Europe (including Andorra, Hungary, Romania), and Latin America (including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela).
He was Chief Economist, HMRC, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), United Kingdom (2008-11).
He served in several official capacities in India including Chairman (Minister of State), Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC), Government of India, (2013-15); Adviser (Minister of State) to the Indian Finance Minister, 2013-14; Chairman, Expert Committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR), Government of India (July-October 2012); and Adviser (Secretary) to the Indian Finance Minister (2004-08). He was Permanent Invitee to the state level finance ministers’ Value Added Tax  Empowered Committee (2004-08).
He served as Director, International Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) (2011-13) and as Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) (1995-97), two premier research and policy development institutions in New Delhi, India.
Currently, his other international roles include Member of the Board of Directors, International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), Washington D.C., from 2015; Member of the Academic Board of Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT), from 2015; Member, and Forum on Economic and Fiscal Policy (FEFP), The Hague, from 2015. He was Member of the Audit Advisory Board, Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) (2015-2017).
He received the highest civilian honour of the Brazilian Government, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross in 2000, for contributions to Brazilian tax reform. He was among the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Global Tax 50 of the International Tax Review, “individuals and organisations that made a substantial impact on tax practice and administration in the past 12 months”. He has many books and publications in international journals and has given speeches in his professional field across the globe.
His Ph.D. is from Southern Methodist University, Dallas (1975), Masters degrees from the University of Rochester (1973) and Delhi School of Economics (1972), Bachelors (Hons.) Degree from Presidency College, Calcutta University (1970), and High School Matriculation from Madras University (1966). He received the Jeanne S. Mattersdorf Award of the National Tax Association of America as “an outstanding student in the field of taxation and public finance” for his Ph.D. thesis on the incidence of the corporation income tax.
His publications in peer reviewed journals include Journal of Economic Theory (United States), Journal of Public Economics (Netherlands), IMF Staff Papers, National Tax Journal (US), Oxford Economic Papers (UK), Oxford Review of Economic Policy (UK), Public Finance (Europe), Public Finance Quarterly (US), and several other international and national journals. His edited and own books are from Business Standard Publishers, Cambridge University Press, CenTax, International Monetary Fund, Lexis Nexis, Oakbridge, Orient Blackswan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Springer, and Wolters Kluwer. He writes a monthly column in Business Standard, an Indian business daily where he writes on fiscal policy, taxation, political economy and socio-economic issues. He participates in numerous international conferences, seminars and policy discussions.