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Development Seminar | The Brave New World of Low Inflation

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Surjit Bhalla

Blog: Is inflation dead? Development Seminar challenges conventional wisdom on declining inflation prices

Our Development Seminar attempted to answer to the puzzle of low inflation in the Advanced Economies (AE), a phenomenon observed over the last 20 years.  Part of the answer is provided by the fact that global supply of college graduates, especially the supply of the rest of the world relative to the supply in advanced economies, has been expanding at a fast rate. This globalisation phenomena helps explain the trend in real wages of college educated labor in the US since the 1980s. The talk documented the reality that oil prices have ceased to have an impact on inflation, and that the gap between developing economies inflation and AE inflation is close to a historical low, and less than 200 basis points. Bhalla discussed the determinants of inflation in India and forecast future trends.

The Development Seminar featured Surjit S. Bhalla, Member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council & Chairman, Oxus Research & Investments.

Discussant: Sajjid Chinoy, Chief India Economist, JP Morgan. Chinoy has previously worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, and with McKinsey & Company in New York. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2001.

Speaker Profile:

Surjit S. Bhalla is Senior India Analyst for the Observatory Group, a New York based macroeconomic policy advisory firm,  Chairman of Oxus Research & Investments, and Contributing Editor, Indian Express. Surjit has taught at the Delhi School of Economics and served as Executive Director of the Policy Group in New Delhi, the country’s first non-government funded think tank. Since 1999, he has been on the governing board of India’s largest think tank, NCAER. He is the author of several academic articles as well as three books on globalization and its effects on the world economy –  Imagine There’s no Country (2002), Devaluing to Prosperity (2012), and most recently (2017) The New Wealth of Nations. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University, a Masters in Public and International Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a BSEE degree from Purdue University. In 2017 he was appointed as a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s newly-formed Economic Advisory Council. He lives in New Delhi.

Bhalla’s comments at the seminar were covered in Times of India, Business Standard, Outlook India, Money ControlThe Pioneer and several other media outlets, and by TV channel BTVi.

Development Seminars Series @ Brookings India

The Development Seminars Series @ Brookings India is a platform for global scholars to present their work to a curated audience of senior government officials, politicians, journalists, academics and policy enthusiasts. The format of the seminars includes a senior researcher as a lead presenter and a government/industry expert to discuss the results and relevance within the Indian context. The fundamental focus of the seminar series is to draw research-based insights to shape and influence policy dialogues in India, through purposeful and pointed discussions.

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Neil G. Ruiz, Associate Director, Pew Research Center, talks about Indian migration to the United States.

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Viral Acharya interacts with the audience at the Development Seminar, “The Real Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policy”

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Viral Acharya answers to questions from the audience at the Development Seminar, “The Real Effects of Unconventional Monetary Policy”

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Dr. Neeraj Kaushal discusses immigration and its discontents

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Prof. Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, presenting his talk on “America’s Economic Anxiety”

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Brookings India Senior Fellow Shamika Ravi with S.Y. Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India

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Shamika Ravi (Senior Fellow, Brookings India) and Sumit Agarwal (Vice-Dean of Research, National University of Singapore) engage with the audience in the Development Seminar “Disguised Corruption: Evidence from Consumer Credit in China” on July 22, 2016

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Sumit Agarwal (Vice-Dean of Research, National University of Singapore) during our Development Seminar on Disguised Corruption: Evidence from Consumer Credit in China on July 22, 2016

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Professor Shivaram Rajgopal (Columbia Business School) and Shamika Ravi (Senior Fellow, Brookings India), listen to Somasekhar Sundaresan (Advocate) during the Development Seminar “Corporate social responsibility in India: Law, implementation and evidence” on Dec 12, 2016

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Prof. E. Somanathan (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi) engages with the audience during the Development Seminar “Environmental Challenges in India” on January 20, 2017

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Shamika Ravi (Senior Fellow, Brookings India) and Prof. Somanathan (Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi) listen to Dr. Ajay Mathur (Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute) during the Development Seminar “Environmental Challenges in India” on January 20, 2017

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The audience listening to the panel during the Development Seminar “Environmental Challenges in India” on January 20, 2017

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Dr. Alex T. Tabarrok (George Mason University, Virginia) gives his talk on Disruptions due to Online Education at a Brookings India Development Seminar

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R. Subrahmanyam (Additional Secretary, Technical Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development) speaks of the government’s SWAYAM initiative, during the Development Seminar on February 17, 2017

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Panel including Shamika Ravi (Senior Fellow, Brookings India), during the Development Seminar “The Online Education Revolution and India” on February 17, 2017

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Dr. Rinku Murgai (Lead Economist, World Bank) presents a paper on “Pathways to Reducing Poverty and Sharing Prosperity in India” on November 2, 2016

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Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO NITI Aayog, Government of India) during the Development Seminar on smart cities at Brookings India on August 19, 2016

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Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog, Government of India) launching Brookings India research paper “Building Smart Cities in India: Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam” on August 19, 2016

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Dr. D. Subbarao (Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India)

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Dr. Subir Gokarn (Executive Director, IMF, and founding research director of Brookings India) at the Development Seminar on “Dr D. Subbarao on leading the RBI through 5 turbulent years” on August 5, 2016

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Distinguished Fellow Rakesh Mohan at the 1st Development Seminar @ Brookings India

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