Conference: India: Reforms, Economic Transformation and the Socially Disadvantaged
Due to high demand, registration for the Thursday, Sept. 20 panel "Politics of Change" is required. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Registration is limited and gives you first priority, however it does not guarantee a seat - arriving on time is recommended. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. All other conference panels DO NOT require registration, but it is recommended.
Reservations are recommended for Day 2, but not required. Registration is limited and gives you first priority, however it does not guarantee a seat. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Reservations are strongly recommended for Day 3, but not required. Registration is limited and gives you first priority, however it does not guarantee a seat. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.---
This year's conference, from Sept. 20-22, will focus on Reforms, Economic Transformation and the Socially Disadvantaged in India. The three-day conference, presented by Columbia University's Program on Indian Economic Policies and the Confederation of Indian Industry, will feature panelists and experts discussing a variety of research findings related to India's economy. All conference events are free and open to the public - breakfast and lunch will be served.
Among the topics discussed during the six panels will be "The Politics of Change," "Reforms, Poverty and Inequality Among the Socially Disadvantaged," and the concluding panel, "India in the Global Economy: The Next 15 years."
The schedule of events and featured speakers include:
Day 1: September 20, 2012
7.00 to 9.00pm (Welcome from 7-7:30 p.m.)
Panel Discussion: The Politics of Change
Panel Members: Salman Khurshid, Minister of Law and Justice, Government of India; Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Upper House of the Parliament; and N. K. Singh, Member of Parliament.
Day 2: September 21, 2012
8.30-9.00am: Registration and Breakfast
9.00-9.30am: Welcome Remarks: TBA
9.30-11.15am: Session I: Reforms, Poverty and Inequality among the Socially Disadvantaged
Paper 1: Growth, Openness and the Socially Disadvantaged, Megha Mukim (LSE) and Arvind Panagariya (Columbia)
Paper 2: The Post-reform Narrowing of Inequality Across Castes: Evidence from the States, Viktoria Hnatkovska and Amartya Lahiri (UBC)
Discussants: Mary Lovely, Syracuse; Pravin Krishna, Johns Hopkins
11.45am-1.00pm: Session II: Reforms and Entrepreneurship among the Socially Disadvantaged
Paper 3: Entrepreneurship among the Socially Disadvantaged, Rajeev Dehejia (NYU) and Arvind Panagariya (Columbia)
Discussant: Nandini Gupta, Indiana
2.15-4.00pm: Session III: Industry in Economic Transformation
Paper 4: Labor Regulations and the Firm Size Distribution in Indian Manufacturing, Rana Hasan (ADB) and Karl Robert L. Jandoc (Hawaii)
Paper 5: Complementarity between Organized and Unorganized Manufacturing in India: The Role of Policies and Institutions by Asha Sundaram (Cape Town), Reshad N. Ahsan (Melbourne) and Devashish Mitra (Syracuse)
Discussants: Jan Svejnar, Columbia (TBC); Anusha Chari, North Carolina
Coffee 4.00 to 4.30pm
Session IV: Services in Economic Transformation
Paper 6: Understanding India's Unique Growth Trajectory: The Role of Manufacturing in the Rise of the Service Sector, Rajeev Dehejia (NYU) and Arvind Panagariya
Discussant: Eric Verhoogen, Columbia
Day 3: September 22, 2012
Session V: Reforms and Health
Paper 7: Public policy towards healthcare - public and private, Jeffrey Hammer (Princeton)
Paper 8: Myths of Malnutrition, Arvind Panagariya (Columbia)
11.15am-1.00pm: Session VI: Panel on "India in the Global Economy: The Next Fifteen Years."
Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia; Mihir Desai, Harvard; Tarun Khanna, Harvard; Rakesh Mohan, Yale (TBC)
1.00-200pm: Lunch and adjourn