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India Policy Forum 2016–17
Volume 13

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Shekhar Shah - Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, India
  • Barry Bosworth - Senior fellow, Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C
  • Karthik Muralidharan - Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of California, San Diego


August 2017 | 312 pages | SAGE India

The India Policy Forum (IPF) is India’s most prominent annual economic policy conference in the summer season of New Delhi and is organized by NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research. The primary goal of the IPF is to promote original policy and empirical research on India, including policy-focused review articles that seek to define the best economic policy advice based on robust, empirical research. The annual IPF conference provides a unique combination of intense scholarship and expert commentary on commissioned research papers with a strong focus on policy. The revised papers and conference proceedings are published in this volume, including the comments of paper discussants and a summary of the floor discussion on each paper.

This 2016-17 IPF volume brings together the papers presented at the 13th IPF Conference held on July 12-13, 2016. The paper by C. Badarinza, V. Balasubramaniam, and T. Ramadorai presents for the first time an integrated perspective on the balance sheet of Indian households. The paper by R Nagaraj and T. N. Srinivasan unpacks the analytical and data issues underlying the controversy surrounding India’s new GDP estimates. The paper by A. Adhvaryu, P. Bharadwaj, and S. Krumholz analyzes India’s experience with child health and development, and suggests how policy and programs can be made more effective in this vital area. The paper by S. Chatterjee and D. Kapur raises troubling questions about the performance of Indian agriculture and highlights six puzzles, related among other things to the political economy, trade, and productivity of Indian agriculture. The final paper synthesizes knowledge and weighs the evidence from an array of studies on India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the world’s largest workfare program.

 
Editors’ Summary
 
CRISTIAN BADARINZA, VIMAL BALASUBRAMANIAM AND TARUN RAMADORAI
 
The Indian Household Finance Landscape
Rajnish Mehra and Nirvikar Singh
Comments
 
General Discussion
 
R NAGARAJ AND T N SRINIVASAN
 
Measuring India’s GDP Growth: Unpacking the Analytics and Data Issues behind a Controversy That Has Refused to Go Away
B N Goldar and Pronab Sen
Comments
 
General Discussion
 
ACHYUTA ADHVARYU, PRASHANT BHARADWAJ AND SAM KRUMHOLZ
 
Early Childhood Health and Development in India: A Review of the Evidence and Recommendations for the Future Comments by Rohini Somanathan and Bharat Ramaswami
 
General Discussion
 
SHOUMITRO CHATTERJEE AND DEVESH KAPUR
 
Six Puzzles in Indian Agriculture
N Chandrasekhara Rao and Elumalai Kannan
Comments
 
General Discussion
 
SANDIP SUKHTANKAR
 
India’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: What Do We Really Know about the World’s Largest Workfare Program?
Rinku Murgai and Surjit Bhalla
Comments
 
General Discussion

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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

Barry Bosworth

Karthik Muralidharan

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