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IARIW-ICRIER Conference on Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income, Inequality, and Poverty in South Asia, New Delhi, India, November 23-25, 2017


All sesssions are at Juniper Hall or Marigold Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi




8:00-9:00: Registration


9:00-9:30: Opening Remarks >(Juniper Hall)


Barbara Fraumeni (Past President IARIW, Central University for Economics and Finance, China)

Isher Judge Ahluwalia (Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER)


9:30-10:30: Keynote Address

Chair: Rajat Kathuria (Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER)

Martin Rama (Chief Economist for South Asia, World Bank)

Challenges in Measuring Poverty and Inequality


Break 10:30-10:45



Session 1: First Plenary – Inequality I (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission)

Indian Income Inequality, 1922-2014: From British Raj to Billionaire Raj? Lucas Chancel (Paris School of Economics, France) and Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics and EHESS, France) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Surjit Bhalla (Oxus Investments)

Income Generation and Inequality in India’s Agricultural Sector: The Consequences of Land Fragmentation S. Chandrasekhar (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India), Sanjoy Chakravorty (Temple University, United States), and Karthikeya Naraparaju (IIM Indore, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Anirban Dasgupta (South Asian University)

Explaining Cross-State Earnings Inequality Differentials in India: A RIF Decomposition Approach Carlos Gradin (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Finland) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Anirban Dasgupta (South Asian University)

Forms of Informal Employment and Wage Inequality in India: a Review of Trends Rosa Abraham (Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant:Sandip Sarkar (Institute of Human Development)


12:45-13:45 Lunch



Session 2A: (Concurrent Session) Inequality II (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Himanshu (Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Income Inequality and Polarization in India: The Role of Caste Anjana Thampi (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India) and Ishan Anand (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)[Abstract]

 Discussant: Namrata Gulati (South Asian University)

Structural Transformation of Employment and Income Inequality in the High Growth Regime: A Study with Micro Level Data in India Panchanan Das (University of Calcutta, India)[Abstract]

 Discussant: Namrata Gulati (South Asian University)

Does Access to Credit Reduce Inequality? Evidence from Bangladesh M. Jahangir Alam Chowdhury (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) [Abstract]

 Discussant: T.P. Sinha (Swami Shradhhanand College, University of Delhi)

Decomposition of Gender Income Gap in Rural Informal Micro-enterprises: An Unconditional Quantile Approach in the Handloom Industry Bhabesh Hazarika (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Simin Akhter (Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi)


Session 2B (Concurrent Session) Labour Market (Marigold Hall)

Chair: Jaivir Singh (Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Mismatch between Skills and Jobs in Indian Labour Market During the Post-Reform Era: Estimates with Unit Level Data Anindita Sengupta (Hooghly Women’s College, University of Burdwan, India)[Abstract]

 Discussant: Suresh Agarwal ( Dept. of Business Economics, University of Delhi)

Precarious Work and Less Well Paid? Wage Differential between Regular and Temporary Contract Workers in India Rahul Sapkal (Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, India) and K.R. ShyamSundar (Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Kingshuk Sarkar (V.V. Giri National Labour Institute)

Entangled Basic Capabilities and Social Cohesion in India: Measuring Exclusions, Impoverishments and Distances Sandhya S. Iyer (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India) and Paramjeet Chawla (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Kingshuk Sarkar (V.V. Giri National Labour Institute)


15:45-16:00: Break





Session 3A (Concurrent Sessions) Health and Food I (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Rama Baru (Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Household Food Insecurity and Maternal and Child Undernutrition: The Case of Maharashtra, India Chandana Maitra (University of Sydney, Australia), Vani Sethi (United Nations Children Fund India Country Office, New Delhi, India), Sayeed Unisa (Indian Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, India), and Sriram Shankar (Research School of Economics & ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, The Australian National University) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Carlos Grad’n (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Finland)

Vulnerability to Food Insecurity in Rural India: A Decomposition Exercise Mousumi Das (National Council of Applied Economic Research, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Carlos Grad’n (United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research, Finland)


Session 3B (Concurrent Session) Education (Marigold Hall)

Chair: Helen Heslop (Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, retired)

Gender Differences in Mathematics: Evidence from Rural India Karan Singhal (Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India) and Upasak Das (University of Pennsylvania, USA) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Apoorva Gupta (Ramjas College, University of Delhi)

Human Capital and Higher Education: Rate of Returns across Disciplines Jannet Farida Jacob (Centre for Development Studies, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant:Barbara Fraumeni (Central University for Economics and Finance, China)

The Role of Age and Gender in Education Expansion: Within- and Between-group Specific Trends in Education (In)equality Petra Sauer [Abstract]

 Discussant: Apoorva Gupta (Ramjas College, University of Delhi)



18:30-19:30 Dinner presentation (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission)

Presentation by TCA Anant (Chief Statistician and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Planning Implementation, India)

“Measurement Challenges of India’s GDP”


19:30 Dinner (Juniper Hall)





Session 4: Second Plenary – Migration (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Amitabh Kundu (Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Poverty and Migration: Evidence of Distress Migration in India Seema Sangita (TERI University, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Surajit Deb (Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi)

The Silent South Asian Domestic Workforce of India: Case Study of Bangladeshi Migrant Workers from the Prism lenses of Rights based Approaches Natasha Israt Kabir (Jahangirnagar University and BRIDGE Foundation, Bangladesh) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Surajit Deb (Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi)



Session 5: Third Plenary – Poverty (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Arup Mitra (National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development)

Analyzing Poverty and Inequality Dynamics among North-Eastern States of India: Evidence from NSSO Balakrushna Padhi (Centre for the Study of Regional Development (CSRD), Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), and Mohammad Kashif Khan (School of Economics University of Hyderabad, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Rinku Murgai (The World Bank, New Delhi)


10:30-10:45 Break



Session 6: Fourth Plenary – Income and Growth

Chair: SV Ramana Murthy (Central Statistics Office, India) (Juniper Hall)

Structural Transformation and its Environmental Consequences in India and China: An Analysis within an Augmented Input Output Framework Tushar Das (National Council of Education, Bengal, India) [Abstract] [Not Present]

 Discussant: A.C. Kulshreshtha (Central Statistics Office, India)

SNA 2008 Recommendations on Central Bank Output  Unresolved Issues for Emerging Markets and Developing Economies Pradip Bhuyan (Reserve Bank of India)[Abstract]

 Discussant: GSN Murthy (Central Statistics Office, India)

Estimation of Balanced GDP via Reconciliation in SUT-Indian Experience A.C. Kulshreshtha (Central Statistics Office, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: T. Rajeswari (Central Statistics Office, India)

City Systems in South Asian Urbanization and Growth Surajit Deb (Aryabhatta College, University of Delhi, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Partha Mukhopadhyay (Centre for Policy Research)


13:15-14:15 Lunch



Session 7A (Concurrent Sessions) Health and Food II (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi)

South Asia/Frontier Health Gaps and Long-Term Income Dynamics Chander Kant (Seton Hall University, United States) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Chandana Maitra (University of Sydney, Australia)

Distribution of Disease Burden and Epidemiological Transition in Indian States: 1995-2014 Nitya Saxena (IIM Indore, India), Deepak Sethia (IIM Indore, India), and Karthikeya Naraparaju (IIM Indore, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Ali Mehdi (ICRIER, Delhi)

Nexus between Calorie Inequalities and Health among Major Indian States Amarjit Singh Sethi (Punjab School of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, India) and Ritu Pandhi (Shanti Devi Arya Mahilla College, Dinanagar, India). [Abstract]

 Discussant: Chandana Maitra (University of Sydney, Australia)


Session 7B (Concurrent Sessions) Trade (Marigold Hall)

Chair: Manoj Pant (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)

Is Indian Trade Policy Pro-Poor? Beyza Ural Marchand (University of Alberta, Canada) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Pavel Chakraborty (Centre for International Trade and Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Trade Liberalization and Productivity of Indian Manufacturing Firms Bishwanath Goldar (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India) and Isha Chawla (Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Deb Kusum Das (Ramjas College, University of Delhi)

Reaping Gains from Global Production Sharing: Domestic Value Addition and Job Creation by Indian Exports C. Veeramani (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India) and Garima Dhir (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India) [Abstract]

 Discussant: Pankaj Vashisht (ICRIER)


15:45-16:00: Break



Closing Panel: Challenges Facing National Statistical Offices in South Asia (Juniper Hall)

Chair: Pronab Sen (Former Chief Statistician of India and President of the Indian Association for Research in National Income and Wealth)


  • Dilshanie Deepawansa (Statistician, Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka)
  • Sh. M.V.S. Ranganadham (ADG (NAD), CSO, India)


17:30-17:40 Closing Remarks

Andrew Sharpe (Executive Director, IARIW)

Deb Kusum Das (Ramjas College, University of Delhi and ICRIER)


18:30 Farewell Dinner (Marigold Hall)




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