Vegard Iversen ! Ideas for India

Vegard Iversen
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Vegard Iversen is a Professor (economics area) at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Since 2008 he has been a Senior Research Fellow (Hon) at Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester. His research is mainly applied microeconomics of development. After receiving his Ph.D. from University of Cambridge in 2000, he spent six years as Faculty at School of Development Studies (now International Development), University of East Anglia. He has been a Research Fellow at IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), a visiting Faculty at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi Centre, and a Professor and Vice Dean at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. From 2015 to 2017, he was an (India-based) Adjunct Professor at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. His diverse research interests include women in politics (political gender quotas using a novel, dynamic entry point); persistence and change in caste-based and other inequality in rural India; agricultural history and the long-term effects of colonial policies on contemporary agricultural development; business history; social mobility in the Global South. He received the annual Dudley Seers Prize for the best paper published in Journal of Development Studies in 2008. He has been the Editor in-Chief for the Journal of South Asian Development since 2012 and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Development Studies.

Articles By Vegard Iversen
Rags to riches? Understanding social mobility in India
Posted On: 13 Nov 2017

To what extent is an individual’s status in society determined by the position of his or her parents? Analysing data from the Indian Human Development Survey, 2011-2012, this column finds that the probability of large intergenerational, occupational ascents in India is very low, and in fact, many face high risk of downward mobility.
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Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption in public programme delivery?
Posted On: 12 Mar 2014

Topics:   Corruption

MNREGA mandates social audits of public work projects undertaken under the Act in order to empower beneficiaries to scrutinise programme expenditures, and monitor programme delivery. Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption and improve programme delivery? This column presents results from the first study that rigorously assesses the impact of India’s only large-scale community monitoring initiative - in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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