‘The System is Designed Not to Deliver’

May 27, 2008

Considered one of the top Indian economists today, Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee , Ford Foundation International professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is rooted in details. A passionate empiricist, Prof Banerjee co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the institute. Along with his colleagues, he has delved deep into the implementation of the flagship social sector programmes of the government. In particular, they studied delivery of government-sponsored primary education and primary health programmes in Udaipur, Rajasthan and came to some shocking conclusions. In an interview during his recent visit to New Delhi, he overturned conventional wisdom about successes and failures of the government’s social welfare programmes.