Agrarian Development and Public Policy in West Bengal, India

From 1980-2000, West Bengal was affected by land reform policies that gave surplus land to the landless, protected tenants, and provided cheap credit, seeds and fertilizer. In this IDSS podcast, Dilip Mookherjee looks at the effects of these policies and what the future may hold.

About the Speaker

Dilip Mookherjee is Professor of Economics and the Director of the Institute for Economic Development at Boston University. He specializes in the area of incentives and institutions. His recent research includes tax enforcement and public administration reforms; the role of inequality; and land reforms and contracting structures in developing countries. His main field experience has been in India. Mookherjee is the author of numerous journal articles and conference papers. He has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven books. His most recent monograph is The Crisis in Government Accountability: Governance Reforms and Indian Economic Performance. Mookherjee is also a former co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and a board member of the Bureau for Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD).