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India Policy Forum 2014-15

India Policy Forum 2014-15
Volume 11

Edited by:
  • Shekhar Shah - Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, India
  • Arvind Panagariya - NITI Aayog and Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Subir Gokarn - Executive Director, International Monetary Fund, Washington

August 2015 | 300 pages | SAGE India

The India Policy Forum (IPF) is organized by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi in partnership with the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. It aims to examine India’s economic reforms and its economic transition using policy-relevant empirical research. The IPF comprises an annual international conference in July in New Delhi and the IPF Volume that brings together the conference papers. These papers undergo detailed revisions after the conference based on discussants’ comments at the IPF and the guidance provided by the editors.  The IPF is guided by distinguished international advisory and research panels.

The first IPF 2014 paper presents an assessment of the impact on India of the US Federal Reserve’s tapering talk in May 2013, and the lessons to be learnt from that for the future. The second paper uses the longitudinal panel data from the NCAER’s India Human Development Survey to answer the question of whether we can expect India’s National Food Security Act to reduce the problem of malnutrition. The third paper examines the distributional impact on women of India’s rapid economic growth during the past three decades. The fourth paper asks the question of whether India’s publicly funded health insurance schemes are working for the population below the poverty line. The volume concludes with the fifth paper discussing corruption in India and seeking to bridge the available research evidence to the policies that could be used to tackle corruption.

The annual IPF Volume is globally the most cited collection of articles on India and should be useful to researchers and policy-makers in economics and political economy.


Editors’ Summary
From Tapering to Tightening: The Impact of the Fed’s Exit on India
Enhancing Nutrition Security via India’s National Food Security Act: Using an Axe Instead of a Scalpel?
The Evolution of Gender Gaps in India
Are Publicly Financed Health Insurance Schemes Working in India?
Corruption in India: Bridging Research Evidence and Policy Options

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Shekhar Shah

Shekhar Shah is the Director-General of NCAER, India’s oldest and largest economic think tank. Prior to NCAER, he was the World Bank’s Regional Economic Adviser for South Asia. He has worked in the financial services sector in Washington D.C. and has been the Ford Foundation’s Program Officer for International Economics for South Asia. Shekhar joined the World Bank in 1989, where he was also a principal author of the 2004 World Development Report. He has published on a range of issues relating to service delivery, governance, poverty, international trade, social policy, and monitoring and evaluation. He received his PhD in Economics from... More About Author

Arvind Panagariya

Arvind Panagariya is a Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He has been the Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked for the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in various capacities. His books include India: The Emerging Giant(2008) and The Economics of Preferential Trade Agreement(coedited with JagdishBhagwati, 1996). More About Author

Subir Gokarn

Subir Gokarn is a Director, Brookings Institution New Delhi, India. He is a former Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and an expert on fiscal and monitory policy, economic growth, capital formation, and social security. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351505754