Wednesday, January 18, 2017

24 January 2017: Reassessing the Impact of Demonetization on Agriculture and Informal Sector: the Right Way to Study Data and Early Leads from the States

Nishant Chadha
Arijit Das
India Development Foundation (IDF)

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, India Development Foundation (IDF)

Bibek Debroy, NITI Aayog

While the economic, political and social impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold gambit on demonetization continues to be hotly debated and various macro-level estimates on GDP growth, employment, NREGA demand and impact on black money have been put out by government agencies and researchers, there has been very little ground-up district-level granular analysis on its impact. For instance, how has this initiative impacted the two domains that still employ most Indians: the informal sector and agriculture? To fill this gap in our understanding of how the Indian economy and polity is shifting, in the first such study of its kind, IDF is conducting research across 60 districts in 10 states (Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar), to analyze exactly how demonetization has changed people’s lives. This is an ongoing research project – combining district-level analyses of data across multiple indicators and primary perception surveys in each of these districts. Preliminary observations from this exercise will be presented by IDF at this seminar.

Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 05:45 P.M.

Conference Hall 2,
India International Centre,
40, Max Mueller Marg,
New Delhi-110003(INDIA)


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