IGIDR Working Paper: History of Monetary Policy in India since Independence  



Author:Ashima Goyal

Title:History of Monetary Policy in India since Independence


An SIIO paradigm, based on structure and ideas that become engraved in institutions and affect outcomes, is developed to examine and assesses monetary policy in India after independence. Narrative history, data analysis, and reporting of research demonstrate the dialectic between ideas and structure. Exogenous supply shocks are used to identify policy shocks and isolate their effects. It turns out policy was sometimes exceedingly tight when the common understanding was of a large monetary overhang. Fiscal dominance made policy procyclical. But the three factors that cause a loss of monetary autonomy—governments, markets and openness—are moderating each other. Markets moderate fiscal profligacy and global crises moderate markets and openness. Greater current congruence between ideas and structure is improving institutions and contributing to India’s better performance.

Key words:Monetary policy history, Structure, Ideas, Institutions, Outcomes, India

JEL Code(s):E42, E5, E58, E63

Weblink: http://www.igidr.ac.in/pdf/publication/WP-2011-018.pdf