Mahendra Dev
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev is currently Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. He was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, Govt. of India, Delhi. He was Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad for 9 years during 1999 to 2008. He received his Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics and his Post-doctoral research at the Yale University and was faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai for 11 years. He is member of the Board of Trustees of International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. He is also member of National Statistical Commission in the rank of Secretary to Government of India.

Prof. Dev has more than 100 research publications in national and international journals. Oxford University Press has recently published his book Inclusive Growth in India. Recently his book Perspectives on Equitable Development was released by the Prime Minister of India. He has been a consultant and adviser to many international organizations, such as UNDP, World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, ILO, FAO, and ESCAP. He also conducted collaborative projects with IFPRI on food security and poverty. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on agriculture constituted by the Ministry of agriculture, Govt. of India. He is also member of the newly constituted Expert Panel on poverty estimates chaired by Dr. C. Rangarajan.

He has been a member of several government committees including the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Employment and Rangarajan Commission on Financial Inclusion. He was member of several working groups for 9th, 10th and 11th Five Year Plans. He has received honors for eminence in public service.

Articles By Mahendra Dev
Elephant vs. Dragon: Growth and development
Posted On: 11 Dec 2015

Topics:   Economic Growth

The Indian economy expanded by 7.4% during July-September 2015, as compared to China’s growth rate of 6.9% over the same period. In this article, Mahendra Dev, Vice Chancellor of IGIDR, examines the prospects of the two economies in terms of economic growth, manufacturing and social indicators. He contends that the slowdown in China presents opportunities for India; however, even if India grows faster than China, it can catch up to it only after 25 years or so.
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Expanding productive employment in India
Posted On: 20 Jan 2014

Topics:   Economic Growth , Jobs

While India’s relatively high growth has not entirely been ‘jobless’, employment generation has been low, and mostly in the form of informal jobs. This column examines the employment experience of India, and says that the current thinking of Indian policymakers on employment is in line with the post-2015 global development agenda. The focus is on skill development, worker productivity and social protection.
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