India Policy Forum (IPF) is a joint venture of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. It aims to examine India’s reforms and economic transition using policy-relevant empirical research. The objective of IPF is to generate theoretically rigorous, empirically informed research on important current and unfolding issues of Indian economic policy.
The first paper in this volume examines the priorities for primary education policy for India’s 12th Five-year Plan, appraising the effectiveness of past policy measures and future prospects. The second paper evaluates the first decade of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign, and proposes several reforms going forward. The effects of demographic changes on the growth of the Indian economy form the subject of the third paper. The fourth paper focuses on the issue of groundwater depletion in India and the effectiveness of several conservation policies that have been tried. The final paper explores the impact of investments in information technology on the performance of the Indian manufacturing sector.
The volume would be useful to researchers and policy-makers in the fields of economics, policy studies, development studies, and political economy.