Academic experts on India discuss how India is targeting 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)
Rajeev Dehejia is an associate professor of public policy at NYU. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Economics and The Fletcher School at Tufts University and of the Department of Economics and SIPA at Columbia, and has held visiting positions at Harvard, Princeton, and the London School of Economics. Rajeev is a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow at the InstitutzurZukunft der Arbeit (IZA). He is a coeditor of the Journal of Human Resources, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Rajeev's research spans econometrics, development economics, labor economics, and public economics, with a focus on empirical microeconomic policy research. His research interests include: econometric methods for program evaluation, financial development and growth, financial incentives and fertility decisions, moral hazard and automobile insurance, religion and consumption insurance, and the causes and consequences of child labor
Nandini Gupta is an Associate Professor of Finance at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. She obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is in the areas of corporate and international finance with a focus on reforms that facilitate the development of financial markets. She has looked at the design of these reforms, the political economy of the decision to adopt them, and their impact on financial market development and economic growth. In her work she considers the effect of the partial privatization of government-owned firms on the financial performance of firms, the political economy of the government's privatization decision, the effect of stock market liberalization on growth, and the political economy of the elimination of restrictions on foreign direct investment. Nandini Gupta's work has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Rand Journal of Economics, the European Economic Review, and by Columbia University Press.
Mr. Hasan is a development economist specializing in poverty, inequality, and labor market issues using survey data. His division undertakes policy research on critical development issues and public policies to improve economic efficiency and poverty reduction; formulates and implements statistical capacity building programs for ADB developing member countries with weak statistical systems; and generates a statistical database and annual statistical publication that provides economic, financial, and social indicators at the macro level.
Arvind Panagariya is the Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and professor of economics at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
A leading authority on the economy of India, he has been the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank and has also work with the world Bank, IMF, WTO, and UNCTAD. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton.
According to Fareed Zakaria (editor of Newsweek International), Professor Panagariya has written "the definitive book on the Indian economy," in which he "puts to rest myths and settles debates with balance and fairness."