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July 13, 2020

1830 to 2130 IST,


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The India Policy Forum (IPF), now in its 17th year, is organised by NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, India’s oldest and largest, independent, economic think-tank. The IPF promotes rigorous empirical research on Indian economic policy through commissioned papers that are presented at an annual conference in New Delhi in mid-July, discussed by leading researchers and top Indian policymakers, and then edited and published in the annual volume of the India Policy Forum. The IPF Editors and Advisory and Research panels include some of the best scholars on India, both in India and overseas, many of whom attend the July Conference.


2020 CALL FOR IPF PAPERS: The IPF Editors invite paper proposals (of 2-4 pages) for IPF 2020. The ideal empirical papers should feature topics of policy relevance to India on which either (1) there is useful Indian and global evidence to be reviewed and synthesised for policymakers, or (2) new empirical evidence that can be presented. Review papers are typically written by scholars with a proven record on the topic. Recent examples include Muralidharan (2013) on primary education, Sukhtankar and Vaishnav (2015) on corruption, and Ball, Chari and Mishra (2016) on inflation.1 Original research papers from younger scholars that present new data, analysis and evidence that can shape policy are particularly welcome.


TIMELINE AND SELECTION PROCESS: Interested authors are encouraged as quickly as possible to send in a 200-word abstract and a brief proposal as an expression of interest to ipf@ncaer.org. The abstract and a 2-4 page proposal are due at NCAER by January 31, 2020. Authors of selected proposals will be informed by February 15, 2020. First drafts of papers are due by May 31, 2020. A round of reviewer comments will be provided by June 15, 2020, and revised final drafts of the final selected papers are due on June 29, 2020, in time for the IPF Conference on July 13-15, 2020. Papers then go through a second round of editorial review post the IPF Conference for eventual publication.


BENEFITS FOR AUTHORS: IPF authors have the opportunity to write definitive policy papers that are discussed with India’s top policymakers and scholars and published in the India Policy Forum, helping bridge gaps between evidence and economic policymaking in India. Besides access to top policymakers and scholars, authors also receive peer review comments and commentaries on their papers from IPF participants. NCAER supports the broader dissemination of papers through its website (www.ncaer.org). NCAER provides authors an allowance per paper that usually covers one author’s return air ticket to New Delhi to present at the IPF. It also covers their local costs for the duration of the IPF.


EDITORS: The IPF editors are Shekhar Shah (NCAER), Barry Bosworth (The Brookings Institution), and Karthik Muralidharan (University of California, San Diego).


For queries, please contact ipf@ncaer.org and sbala@ncaer.org.


1. Muralidharan (2013), Priorities for Primary Education Policy in India’s 12th Five-year Plan, India Policy Forum, Vol 9; Sukhtankar & Vaishnav (2015), Corruption in India: Bridging Research Evidence and Policy Options, India Policy Forum, Vol 11; Ball, Chari, Mishra (2016), Understanding Inflation in India, India Policy Forum, Vol. 12.

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