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Operationalizing pro-poor growth in India

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LSE academics gave a public workshop on a report on poverty reduction in India at a workshop in New Delhi, India, this week (Thursday 9 June). The event was spondered by DFID, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the World Bank.

Professor Tim Besley and Dr Robin Burgess of LSE's Department of Economics, spoke on the report Operationalizing Pro-poor growth in India, which was co-authored with Berta Esteve-Volart, also of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The paper examines trends in growth and poverty reduction in the post-Independence period in India. It examines what explains the heterogeneity in poverty reduction experiences across Indian states by focusing on the policy regimes that states adopted and the initial conditions which may have influenced a state's ability to reduce poverty.

The report identifies six key determinants of poverty reduction which emerge from the cross-state empirical studies: property rights; access to finance; human capital; gender; regulation; political accountability.

Dr Ashok Lahiri, chief economic advisor, Government of India, and Professor Suresh Tendulkar, Delhi School of Economics, acted at discussants at the event.

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Business Standard, India
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India Post
LSE formula to reduce poverty in India (16 June 05)
London School of Economics professors Timothy Besley and Robin Burgess, have suggested five-point agenda for reducing poverty in India, which includes improving access of financial services to the poor, relaxing labour laws, upgrading human capital and providing greater focus on rural economy.

The Economic Times, India 
States slow on labour reforms laggards: Study (10 June 05)
Research by LSE's Tim Besley and Robin Burgess shows that had better labour laws been in place in India to redress the balance of power between capital and labour than greater urban poverty would have been 11 per cent lower in West Bengal by 1990.

Rediff.com, India
Five steps to remove poverty (10 June 05)
The government should become more accountable, carry out labour and land reforms, ensure higher credit flow to rural India and improve education to bring down poverty in India, according to a study carried out by LSE. The study was jointly the study jointly carried out by Timothy Besley, Robin Burgess and Berta Esteve-Volart. 

Financial Express, India
London School's agenda for poverty reduction (10 June 05)

Business Standards, India
Growth better at reducing poverty (10 June 05)

Newindpress.com, India
Inflation has to be kept under watch: Lahiri (10 June 05)
Chief economic advisor Ashok Lahiri told mediapersons on the sidelines of a conference of World Bank, DFID and London School of Economics, to keep a close watch on price movements in a bid to ensure that inflation remains moderate amid volatile global oil prices.

10 June 2005