Conference on the Political Economy of Contemporary India 

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

Important information for participants: Click Here

Organizing Committee: R. Nagaraj and Sripad Motiram
Secretariat: Ms. Jayshree Borkar.Tel:

Day 1: January 8, 2019

8.30-9.20 AM Registration
9.20 AM-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"
Discussant: K.Kanagasabapathy (Formerly with RBI)
Sripad Motiram (University of Massachusetts, Boston): "Class, Caste, and Production of City Space in India"  [Abstract]
11:10-11.20 AM Tea Break
Arindam Banerjee (Ambedkar University Delhi): "Dissecting the Agrarian Crisis in India"  [Abstract]
Discussant: Sukhpal Singh (IIM Ahmedabad)
Dipanjana Roy (Mumbai): "The Invisible Hand around the Farmer's Throat: An Investigation into Farmers' Suicides in India"  [Presentation]

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" [Presentation]

Discussant: Sudip Chaudhuri (Centre for Development Studies,Trivandrum)

Radhika Kapoor (ICRIER, New Delhi): "Industrial Policy and the Imperative of Manufacturing-led Growth" [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Sudip Chaudhuri (Centre for Development Studies,Trivandrum)
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"  [Abstract] [Full Paper] [Presentation]

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?"(Skype Presentation) [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)

Ravi Duggal (Independent Researcher and Consultant): "Making Healthcare a Public Good" [Abstract] [Full Paper] [Presentation]

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): "Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare in India: Reflecting on 20 years of theory and practice - Challenges for PM-JAY (PMRSSM)"  [Abstract] [Full Paper]

Discussant: Indrani Gupta (Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)

Gita Sen (Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of HealthPublic Health Foundation of India, Bangalore): "Ayushman Bharat: Health Insurance Lessons from Recent Experiences" [Abstract] [Presentation]

Discussant: TBD

Louise Tillin (King's India Institute, Kings College,London): "Historical Evolution of Social Insurance in India".

Discussant: Emmanuel Teitelbaum (The George Washington University)

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