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Jun 3, 2019 (All day) to Jun 4, 2019 (All day)

Nineteenth Annual Conference on Indian Economic Policy: Priorities for the New Government

Nineteenth Annual Conference on Indian Economic Policy: Priorities for the New Government

On June 3 and 4, the Stanford King Center on Global Development hosted the 19th Annual Conference on Indian Economic Policy. The conference brought together policy makers, academics, business experts and community members to discuss critical issues facing the Indian economy. This year’s conference focused on priorities for the new government in India. As with earlier conferences, the program featured a mix of academic papers and panel sessions combining business leaders and senior policy makers. Session topics included agriculture, energy, health, media and politics, business and industry, and macro-economics.

Presentations from select sessions are available below, and photos from the day can be viewed on the highlights page.

Koret-Taube Conference Center

By Invitation Only

I Lin Chen
(650) 724-5482

June 3, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am
9:00am to 9:15am
Opening remarks


Grant Miller, Director, Stanford King Center on Global Development

9:15am to 10:45am
Session I: Social Sectors


Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

View Abhijit Banerjee's presentation.


Sandhya Venkateswaran, Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India

View Sandhya Venkateswaran's presentation.



Anjini Kochar, Director, India Program at the Stanford King Center on Global Development

10:45am to 11:00am
Coffee break
11:00am to 12:30pm
Session II: Innovation and Reform in Energy and Related Sectors


Arun Majumdar, Co-Director, Precourt Institute for Energy and Jay Precourt Provostial Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Arunabha Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

View Arunabha Ghosh's presentation.



Nadir Godrej, Managing Director, Godrej Industries Limited

12:30pm to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Session III: Agriculture


Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

View Ashok Gulati's presentation.


Harish Damodaran, National Rural Affairs and Agriculture Editor, The Indian Express

View Harish Damodaran's presentation.



Anne Krueger, Senior Research Professor of International Economics, Johns Hopkins University

3:30pm to 3:45pm
Coffee break
3:45pm to 5:15pm
Session IV: Health


Pascaline Dupas, Professor of Economics, Stanford University


Anup Malani, Lee and Brena Freeman Professor of Law, University of Chicago; Professor, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

View Anup Malani's presentation.



Suman Bery, Public Policy Fellow, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

5:15pm to 6:00pm
6:00pm to 8:00pm


Arvind Panagariya, Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy and Director, Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies, Columbia University



David Mulford, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Hoover Institution, Stanford University and U.S. Ambassador to India (2004-2009)

June 4, 2019

8:30am to 9:00am
9:00am to 10:30am
Session V: The Macro Economy


Sajjid Chinoy, Chief India Economist, J.P. Morgan India Private Limited

Poonam Gupta, Lead Economist for India, The World Bank



Ranil Salgado, Mission Chief, IMF, India

10:30am to 10:45am
Coffee break
10:45am to 12:15pm
Session VI Keynote: Financial Sector


Urjit Patel, 24th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

View Urjit Patel's presentation.



Roger G. Noll, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Stanford University


Amit Seru, The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance, Stanford University

View Amit Seru's presentation.


12:15pm to 1:30pm
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Session VII: The Digital Economy and Social Media


Matt Gentzkow, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

View Matt Gentzkow's presentation.


Amit Kapoor, Chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India

Arogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

3:00pm to 3:15pm
Coffee break
3:15pm to 4:45pm
Session VIII: A Case Study in India's Transformation at Scale


Amit Agarwal, Senior Vice President & Country Manager, Amazon India



Naushad Forbes, Co-Chairman, Forbes Marshall

4:45pm to 5:00pm
Vote of Thanks