How India's Economy Works

In this conversation, journalist Puja Mehra speaks to economists Maitreesh Ghatak and Rishabh Kumar about poverty estimation in India, historical trends in poverty reduction, defining the poverty line, poverty in rural areas vs urban areas and much more.

Maitreesh Ghatak is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics since 2004. He is an elected Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the International Economic Association. His main areas of research interest are development economics, public economics, and the economics of organisations. He is a co-editor of Economica since 2016 and is also in the editorial board of several journals. He has served as the Lead Academic of the International Growth Centre’s (IGC) India–Bihar programme and as an external member of the Research Committee of The World Bank. He is a founding member of several research networks: Theoretical Research in Development (ThReD), Economics of Social Sector Organisations (ESSO), and Non-profits, Governments, and Organizations (NGO) and writes regularly on economic, political and policy issues for a broader audience with a special focus on India in various newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

Rishabh Kumar is currently assistant professor of economics at The University of Massachusetts Boston.  He writes about current & historical inequality/poverty, economic development and political economy. He has previously taught at  California State University, San Bernardino and worked in government for New York City’s Department of Finance. He received his PhD in Economics from The New School for Social Research in May 2017.

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What is How India's Economy Works?

Join journalist Puja Mehra as she breaks down one story to give you all the context you need to understand how it fits into the larger picture of India's economy.