Monday, 14 January 2013

MALNUTRITION: India: Child Malnutrition in India: Myth and Reality

Arvind Panagariya, Milan Vaishnav

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST



    In recent years, one of the most significant critiques of India’s economic growth model is that it has failed to encourage social development in its wake. Despite high levels of growth and economic reforms, domestic observers as well as international organizations such as the World Health Organization have criticized India’s high rates of child malnutrition. Indeed, India has been compared unfavorably to most sub-Saharan African countries on this indicator, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling the problem a “national shame.” 

    Renowned economist Arvind Panagariya will join Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav for a conversation challenging the accuracy of this grim portrait of malnutrition in India. Drawing on research conducted for his new paper “The Myth of Child Malnutrition in India,” Panagariya will discuss whether India truly has a reason to be ashamed of its progress in this area.

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