The India Policy Forum, now its eleventh continuous year, is organized by NCAER in New Delhi every year in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. Its objective is to promote rigorous empirical research on Indian economic policy with commissioned papers, an annual two-day conference leading to a volume, the India Policy Forum Volume published by SAGE, and the annual IPF Lecture. The IPF explores and provides insights on India’s rapidly evolving and often tumultuous economic transition and the underlying policy reforms that are driving it. It has easily become the apex annual economic policy discussion event in New Delhi.
The 2014 IPF on July 15-16 featured an exciting mix of five papers and ended with a policy roundtable on how the new Indian government in New Delhi can improve India’s investment and business climates. See the detailed 2014 IPF Program and download the papers for the 2014 IPF from the program. A highlight of the 2014 IPF was the annual IPF Lecture delivered by Dr Surjit Bhalla, member of NCAER’s Governing Body and Chairman of OxUS Investments, on Changing Mindsets, Accelerating Growth, Reducing Inequality.
The topics the IPF has dealt with over the years cover a broad sweep of macro, international, and sector challenges that the India economy has faced and the many successes and failures of policymaking over the past decade. IPF research papers are invited on the strength of their policy-relevance and represent some of the best empirical research on India being done globally. The IPF Volume is currently the most highly ranked economics journal out of India based on RePEc citation counts.
An international Research Panel of India- and overseas-based researchers with an abiding policy interest in India supports this initiative through advice, active participation at the annual IPF Conference, and the search for innovative papers that promise fresh insights. An international Advisory Panel of distinguished economists provides overall guidance. Shekhar Shah (NCAER), Barry Bosworth (Brookings), and Arvind Panagariya (Columbia) are the editors of the 2013-14 volume to be released at the 2014 IPF.
The IPF has been generously supported by a select group of Indian corporate partners that over the years have included the Tatas, HDFC, Reliance Industries, SBI, HSBC, IDFC, and Citibank. This support reflects their deep institutional commitment to rigorous high-quality policy research that helps promote informed policy debates and sound, evidence-based policymaking.
IPF Advisory Panel: Shankar Acharya, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek Ahluwalia, Pranab Bardhan, Jagdish Bhagwati, Barry Bosworth, Willem Buiter, Stanley Fischer , Vijay Kelkar, Mohsin Khan, Anne Krueger, Ashok Lahiri, Rakesh Mohan, Arvind Panagariya, Shekhar Shah, T.N. Srinivasan, Nicholas Stern, Lawrence Summers, John Williamson.
IPF Research Panel: Abhijit Banerjee, Kaushik Basu, Surjit Bhalla, Mihir Desai, Shantayanan Devarajan, Esther Duflo, Subir Gokarn, Jeffery Hammer, Vijay Joshi, Devesh Kapur, Kenneth M. Kletzer, Robert Lawrence, Karthik Muralidharan, Rajnish Mehra, Dilip Mookherjee, Urjit Patel, Ila Patnaik, Raghuram Rajan, Indira Rajaraman, M. Govinda Rao, Rohini Somanathan, Ajay Shah and Arvind Virmani.