Parth Shah

Parth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society [], an independent, nonprofit think tank in New Delhi. CCS offers public policy solutions within the framework of the rule of law, subsidiarity, community engagement and competitive markets. It is currently focused on education reforms through the School Choice Campaign: Fund Students, Not Schools! and on livelihood deregulation through the Law, Liberty, & Livelihood Campaign and the Jeevika Documentary Festival. Through I, Society, & Public Policy Seminars and Researching Reality Internship, college students understand public policy and become more active citizens.

Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change.

He writes regularly in newspapers and magazines. He is also the youngest Indian member of the Mont Pelerin Society, the premier international association of classical liberals.