Recent Papers, Presentations and Publications

Here are some selected, downloadable or accessible papers, presentations and publications, from most recent.   For a full list see my CV.

“Functional-Dysfunction: Mumbai’s Political Economy of Rent-Sharing.” 2016.  [pdf] With Shahana Chattaraj. Under revision for a special edition on urbanization in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

“From Proof of Concept to Scalable Policies: Challenges and Solutions, with an Application.” 2016. [pdf] With Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, James Berry, Esther Duflo, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukerji and Marc Shotland. Conditional acceptance in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

“Mainstreaming an Effective Intervention: Evidence from Randomized Evaluations of ‘Teaching at the Right Level’ in India.” 2016. [pdf] With Abhijit Banerjee, Rukmini Banerji, James Berry, Esther Duflo, Harini Kannan, Shobhini Mukerji, Marc Shotland. NBER Working Paper No. 22746

“Cabal City: Regime Theory and Indian Urbanization.” 2016.  [pdf] With Patrick Heller and Partha Mukhopadhyay.  The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.  Working Paper No. 2016-32

“An Indian Gilded Age? Continuity and Change in the Political Economy of India’s Development.” 2016. [pdf]  Paper for forthcoming book volume for the 30th anniversary of Pranab Bardhan’s book on the Political Economy of India.

“Rent Creation and Rent Containment: The Political Economy of Telecommunications in Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.” 2016 [pdf]  With Izak Atiyas and Brian Levy.  Background paper for World Bank World Development Report 2016.

“Political leadership and the urban poor: local histories.” 2015. [pdf] With Veena Das. Current Anthropology. 56(S11), S44-S54

“Rights, Accountability and Citizenship: Examining India’s Emerging Welfare State”. 2014 [pdf] With Yamini Aiyar. Social Acountability Initiative Working Paper, Centre for Policy Research.

“Ideas, Interests and the Politics of Development Change in India: Capitalism, Inclusion and the State.” 2014. [pdf]  With Pratap Bhanu Mehta. Effective States and Inclusive Development Working Paper.

“Can Social Accountability Solve India’s Service Delivery Problems.” 2013. [presentation].  With Yamini Aiyar.  Presented in the Centre for Policy Research.

“The Co-existence of Rent Extraction and Development Dynamism: the Case of Andhra Pradesh”. 2013.  [presentation] Presented in Kings, London, and the Centre for Policy Research.

“The United States as a Developing Country”. 2013 [presentation].  Presented in the Center for Global Development, Johns Hopkins and (this version) in class at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“Learning the Right Lessons: Measurement, Experimentation and the need to turn India’s Right to Education Act Upside Down.” 2012. [pdf] With Shobhini Mukerji,  in the India Infrastructure Report.

“Where do India’s Billionaires get their Wealth.” 2012  [pdf] With Aditi Gandhi, in Economic and Political Weekly, October 6th, 2012

“On Economy-wide Shocks, Models and Politics.” 2012. [pdf] In Ambar Narayan and Carolina Sánchez-Páramo eds. Knowing When You Do Not Know: Simulating the Poverty and Distributional Impacts of an Economic Crisis. Washington DC: The World Bank.

“Vulnerability and globalisation: on protection and power in India.” 2012. [pdf] In N. Jayaram and D. Rajasekhar (eds) Vulnerability and Globalisation: Perspectives and Analyses from India. Jaipur: Rawat Publications.

“Sources of Corporate Profits in India: Business Dynamism or Advantages of Entrenchment?” 2011. [pdf] With Ashok Mody and Anusha Nath. In Suman Bery, Barry Bosworth and Arvind Panagariya eds. India Policy Forum, Volume 7, New Delhi: Sage. Earlier version available as IMF working paper WP/11/8

Inequality, rents and the long-run transformation of India. 2011. [pdf] Monograph# Bangalore: Institute for Social and Economic Change.

“Civil Society, Public Action and Accountability in Africa.” 2011. [pdf] With Shanta Devarajan and Stuti Khemani, World Bank Policy Research. Working Paper #5733; forthcoming in World Bank Research Observer.

“Can a Social Democratic Resolution Tackle Inequality and Support Growth for India?” 2011. [pdf] Paper presented at the 10th Indira Gandhi Conference, November 2010, New Delhi, forthcoming in an edited volume.

“Capitalism, the state and the underlying drivers of human development” 2010. [pdf] Human Development Research Paper 2010/09 also available at Human Development Report.

“Culture matters for poverty, but not because of a culture of poverty: notes on analytics and policy.” 2011.  [pdf] in Jean-Phillipe Plateau and Robert Peccoud eds Culture, Institutions and Development. Routledge.

“Vulnerability and globalisation: on protection and power in India.” 2009 [pdf] Paper presented at workshop on vulnerability and globalisation at the Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, May 2008, forthcoming in an edited volume.

No Growth without Equity?  Inequality, Interests and Competition in Mexico. 2009.  (co-edited with Santiago Levy). Palgrave Macmillan and the World Bank.

“Tackling structural inequities”. 2009.  [pdf] In Harinder S. Kohli and Anil Sood, eds. India 2039: An affluent society in one generation”. New Delhi: Sage.

Ethiopia: Accelerating Equitable Growth – Country Economic Memorandum. 2006. Washington DC: the World Bank.

World Development Report 2006: Equity and Development. Co-director, with Francisco Ferreira.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Culture and Public Action. 2004. Co-edited with Vijayendra Rao. Stanford University Press.

Inequality in Latin America: Breaking with History? 2004 (with David De Ferranti, Francisco Ferreira and Guillermo Perry). Washington, DC: The World Bank. Free download here.

“The political economy of India’s malnutrition puzzle.” 2010. IDS bulletin 40(4), pp. 16-24 Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

“Growth, inequality and rents: notes on India in international perspective”.  2008.  [pdf] In Footprints of Development and Change: Essays in Memory of Professor V.K.R.V. Rao. N. Jayaram and R.S. Deshpande (eds)

“Equity, efficiency and inequality traps: a research agenda”. 2006 (with François Bourguignon and Francisco Ferreira).  Journal of Economic Inequality.  On-line publication December 2006.  Also available as Kennedy School of Government working paper no. RWP06-025.

“Is greater equity necessary for higher long-term growth in Latin America?” 2006 (with François Bourguignon).  In Ricardo Ffrench-Davis ed. Economic Growth with Equity: The Challenges for Latin America, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2006.

Poverty in Mexico: Conditions, Trends and Government Strategy. 2003.  (with Gladys López-Acevedo and others).  Washington DC and Mexico City: The World Bank.