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Regulating a Digital Economy

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Joshua P. Meltzer

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UpFront Blog: Regulating a Digital Economy: An Indian Perspective

The world is experiencing unprecedented increases in connectivity and global data flows, much of it centred in the Asia-Pacific region. Internet access and maximising cross-border data flows is leading to increased productivity, economic growth and new opportunities for international trade. The economic opportunities from technologies such as cloud computing, big data and the internet of things are also not limited to the IT sector but are economy-wide, including in sectors such as manufacturing and agriculture. India stands to gain from going digital – with scope to create 1.5-2 million more jobs this year and to contribute to $550 billion-$1 trillion to its GDP by 2025. However, governments across Asia are adopting data localisation requirements that restrict cross-border data flows. In many cases, however, there remain ways to achieve these goals with less impact on data flows, economic growth and trade.

Speaker: Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development, Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.

Joshua’s comments at the discussion were covered in The Quint, Bloomberg, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic TimesBusiness Standard, Mint, Financial Express, The Print and several other media outlets. His interview also featured in the Times of India.

Discussants:

  1. Avik Sarkar, OSD Data analytics cell, NITI Aayog
  2. Mudit Kapoor, Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Statistical Institute
  3. Asoke Mukerji, former Indian diplomat

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.

Previous Development Seminar Series Photographs

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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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Mudit Kapoor

Associate Professor - Indian Statistical Institute

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