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July 12, 2021

To be held virtually: Proposal submission deadline: March 22, 2021


The India Policy Forum (IPF), now in its 18th year, is organised by NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research
India’s oldest and largest, independent, economic think-tank. As in 2020, the IPF 2021 will be held virtually in 2021. The IPF promotes rigorous empirical research on India’s economy through commissioned papers that are presented at the IPF annual conference in New Delhi in 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 researchers on India in India and overseas, many of whom attend the July Conference at NCAER. The 2020 IPF Programme is here


2021 CALL FOR IPF PAPERS: The IPF Editors invite paper proposals for the IPF 2021. 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 written by researchers with a proven record of scholarship on the topic. Recent examples include Muralidharan (2013) on primary education, Sukhtankar and Vaishnav (2015) on corruption, Ball, Chari and Mishra (2016) on inflation and Chinoy and Jain (2018) on trade.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 should as quickly as possible send a 200-word abstract and a brief 2-3 page paper proposal as an expression of interest to ipf@ncaer.org by March 22, 2021. Authors of first round selected proposals will be informed by March 31, 2021. First drafts of papers are due by June 10, 2021. A round of reviewer comments will be provided by June 20, 2021 to the final selected papers, and revised drafts of the final selected papers are due by July 1, 2021, in time for the virtual IPF Conference on July 12-16, 2021. Papers then go through a second round of editorial review post the IPF Conference for eventual publication. 


BENEFITS FOR AUTHOR(S): 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 the gaps between evidence and policymaking in India. Besides access to top policymakers and scholars, authors also receive peer review comments and commentaries from IPF participants. NCAER supports the broader dissemination of papers through its website (www.ncaer.org). In normal times, when the IPF is held in person, NCAER provides a travel allowance that covers the presenting author’s return air fare to New Delhi and local hotel costs. 


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 ; Ball, Chari, Mishra (2016), Understanding Inflation in India, India Policy Forum, Vol. 12; Chinoy & Jain (2018), What Drives India’s Exports and What Explains the Recent Slowdown? New Evidence and Policy Implications, India Policy Forum, Vol 15.