India's Economic Reforms: Past Accomplishments,
Current Shortcomings, Future Prospects
May 17, 2018 | 4:30pm, 041 Haldeman Center, Dartmouth
Montek Singh Ahulwali
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Stern School of Management, NYU
and former Deputy Chairman of the India Planning Commission (2004-2014)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. Free and open to all.
Mr. Ahluwalia is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at
the Stern School of Management, New York University. He served as the Deputy
Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Government of India from 2004 to
2014. A key figure in India’s economic reforms from the early 1980s onwards, he
has held several important positions including Special Secretary to the Indian
Prime Minister (1988–90); Commerce Secretary (1990–91); Secretary, Department
of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (1991–93); and Finance Secretary,
Ministry of Finance (1993–98). He was also Member of the Planning Commission,
Government of India and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime
Minister (1998–2001). From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Ahluwalia worked as Director of
the Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund. Mr. Ahluwalia
holds a B.A. (Hons.) Economics degree from Delhi University; M.A. and M. Phil.
from Oxford University.
His published works include “Reforming the Global Financial Architecture”, Economic Paper No. 41, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 2000; “State Level Performance Under Economic Reforms in India”, in Economic Policy Reforms and the Indian Economy, edited by Anne O. Krueger (University of Chicago Press, 2002); “Economic Reforms in India since 1991: Has Gradualism Worked?”, Journal of Economic Perspectives, August 2002; “Infrastructure Development in India’s Reforms”, in India Economic Reforms and Development: Essays for Manmohan Singh, edited by Isher Judge Ahluwalia, and IMD Little (OUP, New Delhi, 1998); and “India’s Economic Reforms: An Appraisal”, in India in the Era of Economic Reforms, edited by Jeffery Sachs and Nirupam Bajpai (Oxford, 1999).