Conference on the Political Economy of Contemporary India 2019 (Third Edition)

(Sponsored by Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai (IGIDR)Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)) January 8-9, 2019

Venue: Seanza Conference Room, IGIDR

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Organizing Committee: R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram
Secretariat: Ms. Jayshree Borkar. Tel: +91-22-28416586. E-mail:

Day 1: January 8, 2019

8.30-9.20 AM Registration
9:20-9:30 AM Introductory Remarks

9.30 AM-1.00 PM Session I: Macroeconomy and National Political Economy
Chair: R. Nagaraj (IGIDR)
Partha Ray (Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata): “Political Economy of Some Contemporary Issues of Monetary Policy and Banking in India: Demonetisation, Inflation targeting, and NPA Issues in Indian Banking”
Sripad Motiram (University of Massachusetts, Boston): “Class, Caste, and Production of City Space in India”

11:10-11.20 AM Tea Break

Arindam Banerjee (Ambedkar University Delhi): “Dissecting the Agrarian Crisis in India”
Discussant: Sukhpal Singh (IIM Ahmedabad)
Dipanjana Roy (Citi Group, Mumbai): “The Invisible Hand around the Farmer’s Throat: An Investigation into Farmers’ Suicides in India”
Discussant: Sukhpal Singh (IIM Ahmedabad)

1:00-2.00 P.M. Lunch

2.00-5.30 PM Session II: Manufacturing Employment and Labour laws in India
Chair: Sripad Motiram (University of Massachusetts Boston)
R Nagaraj (IGIDR): “Has India De-industrialised? Disaggregated Employment, 1991-2011”
Discussant: Sudip Chaudhuri (Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata)
Radhika Kapoor (ICRIER, New Delhi): “Industrial Policy and the Imperative of Manufacturing-led Growth”
Discussant: Sudip Chaudhuri (Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata)

3:40-3.50 P.M. Tea break

Rahul De (Azim Premji University): “Coercive Informal Labour Process – A Case Study of Migrant Labour in Manufacturing Sector in Gujarat”
Discussant: K.V. Ramaswamy (IGIDR) Emmanuel Teitelbaum (The George Washington University): “Assessing Recent State-Level Labour Reforms: A Synthetic Control Approach”
Discussant: K.V. Ramaswamy (IGIDR)

Day 2: January 9, 2019

9:00 AM-1:20 PM Session III: Health Sector and Health Insurance Initiatives

Chair: M.H. Suryanarayana (IGIDR)
Rama Baru (Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi): “Commercialisation of medical care and Public Medical Insurance Schemes in India: Who Benefits?”
Discussant: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)
Ravi Duggal (Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (Cehat), Mumbai), “Making Healthcare a Public Good”
Discussant: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)
10:40-10.50 AM Tea break

V.R. Muraleedharan (IIT Madras) and T. Sundararaman (TISS Mumbai): “Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance Scheme-An Analysis of its Design and Promise”
Discussant: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)
Gita Sen (Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of HealthPublic Health Foundation of India, Bangalore): “A Comparative Analysis of Public Health Insurance Schemes Across Developing Countries”
Louise Tillin (King’s India Institute, Kings College, London): “Historical Evolution of Social Insurance in India”.

1:20-1:30 PM Vote of Thanks.