2012 Conference: India: Reforms, Economic Transformation and the Socially Disadvantaged

Sep
20

2012 Conference: India: Reforms, Economic Transformation and the Socially Disadvantaged

Speaker

Various Speakers

Location

Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th Street, Room 1501

Time

8:00 pm

End Date and Time

Sep 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Description

SEE VIDEO IN RECAP SECTION

This conference attracted experts from across the globe to discuss economic reforms and inequality in India. This conference was be co-sponsored by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). This event was be free and open to the public.The full program was as follows:

Day 1: September 20, 2012

7.00 to 9.00pm: Room 1501, International Affairs Building

Panel Discussion: The Politics of Change

Welcome Remarks: John Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia

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.

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.

Day 2: September 21, 2012

Registration is 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.

(1501, International Affairs Building)

8.30-9.00am:

Registration and Breakfast

9.00-9.30am:

Welcome Remarks: Robert Lieberman, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs

9.30-11.15am

Session I: Reforms, Poverty and Inequality among the Socially Disadvantaged

CHAIR: N.K. Singh, Member of Parliament, India

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)

Discussant 1: Mary Lovely, Syracuse

Discussant 2: Pravin Krishna, Johns Hopkins

Coffee 11.15-11.45am

11.45am-1.00pm:

Session II: Reforms and Entrepreneurship among the Socially Disadvantaged

CHAIR: Rangarajan K. Sundaram, NYU Stern

Paper 3: Entrepreneurship among the Socially Disadvantaged, Rajeev Dehejia (NYU) and Arvind Panagariya (Columbia)

Discussant: Nandini Gupta, Indiana (PRESIDING: Raghu Sundaram)

Lunch 1.00-2.15pm

2.15-4.00pm

Session III: Industry in Economic Transformation

CHAIR: Sadanand Dhume, The American Enterprise Institute

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)

Discussant 1: Jan Svejnar, Columbia

Discussant 2: Anusha Chari, North Carolina

Coffee 4.00 to 4.30pm

4.30-5.45pm:

Session IV: Services in Economic Transformation

CHAIR: Mitul Desai, U.S. Department of State

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

Registration is 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.

(1501, International Affairs Building)

9.00-10.45am

Session V: Reforms and Health

CHAIR: Reuben Abraham, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Paper 7: Public policy towards healthcare - public and private, Jeffrey Hammer (Princeton)

Paper 8: Myths of Malnutrition, Arvind Panagariya (Columbia)

Discussant 1:  Shanta Devarajan, World Bank

Discussant 2: Jishnu Das, World Bank

Coffee: 10.45-11.15

11.15am-1.00pm

Session VI: Panel on “India in the Global Economy: The Next Fifteen Years.”

(PRESIDING: Arun Jaitley)

Jagdish Bhagwati, Columbia

Mihir Desai, Harvard

Tarun Khanna, Harvard

Rakesh Mohan, Yale

1.00-200pm: Lunch and adjourn

Note, this recap was written by Neha Tara Mehta for SIPA News and Events. Click here to read the full story.

India’s demographic bulge was the subject of much debate and discussion at a recently concluded conference on Indian economic policies held at SIPA.

A high-powered panel that included three parliamentarians from India and Britain, as well as leading economic experts on India, debated whether India’s large working-age population would be a demographic benefit or drawback in the next 15 years.

“The demographic dividend may or may not bear benefit unless there is a massive policy of investment in education, both in terms of changing the culture as well as quality of educational institutions,” said Lord Meghnad Desai, economist and Labor politician.

VIDEOS

India's Public Policy and Reforms in Healthcare from Columbia University Program on Indian Economic Policies on FORA.tv

India in the Global Economy: The Next Fifteen Years from Columbia University Program on Indian Economic Policies on FORA.tv

The Rise of Services in India's Economic Transformation from Columbia University Program on Indian Economic Policies on FORA.tv

India's Public Policy and Reforms in Healthcare from Columbia University Program on Indian Economic Policies on FORA.tv