RES 2019: Plenary Session (How lives change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics)

Plenary Session 1 at the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2019.



Peter Lanjouw (Professor in Development Economics, Free University of Amsterdam)

Nicholas Stern (IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE)



Anne Case (Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, Princeton University)

Pramila Krishnan (Professor of Development Economics, University of Oxford)


The core question of development is “how lives change”? Yet development economics focuses attention on this question all too rarely. This plenary gives a detailed examination of this issue by focusing on Palanpur, a poor village in Uttar Pradesh in North India by drawing on surveys covering every household and individual in the village for every decade since independence.