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date: 14 November 2019

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

(p. xi) Acknowledgments

This handbook was three years of hard work in the making. Completing it would have been impossible without the constant support of Joe Jackson, the assistant editor, and Terry Vaughn, the executive editor at Oxford University Press. I offer them my sincerest thanks at the outset.

The Planning Unit (Department of Economics) of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is one of the best places in the world to do work on the Indian economy. From this exceptional group's staff, I especially want to thank Bharat Ramaswami, for his continuous feedback and support of the volume since its early stages, and Satya Das and Arunava Sen, for their moral support and excellent comments on various aspects of the volume. One hope of this volume is to actively restore the Planning Unit to the forefront of policymaking in India, a position that it has relinquished in the last several years.

I thank Paul Zak, Tom Willett, Tom Borcherding, and Arthur Denzau at Claremont for many years of friendship, advice on the volume, and intellectual engagement on growth and development issues. I thank my coauthors on recent joint work on India's economic growth—Stephen Wright (Birkbeck) and Gerhard Glomm (Indiana)—for helpful discussions on India's growth pattern. I also thank Tom Timberg for many insightful comments, especially on the introductory chapter. I have learned much from these engagements.

Several institutions gave me the resources and space to work on this volume. I am extremely grateful to the Max Planck Institute, in Jena, Germany, where I was a Max Planck India Fellow from 2006 to 2010 in the EGP group. They gave me the flexibility and independence to work on this volume. I am grateful to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, in Shimla, where I was invited to spend a month (June 2010) to work on the volume. I am also grateful to the Bellagio Center (Rockefeller Foundation) in Italy for awarding me a one-month residency (May 2011) to work on the volume.

There are thirty-one contributions (in addition to my introductory chapter) in this handbook. I extend my thanks to the authors of all the chapters for their friendly and helpful cooperation.

Several individuals helped with reading and commenting on various chapters: Sambit Bhattacharyya (Oxford), Vinay Nangia (IIT Roorkee), Diganta Mukherjee (ICFAI Business School–Kolkata), Dushyant Kumar (ISI Delhi), Ashok Rai (Williams College), Ritika Khera (ISI Delhi), Mihir Shah (Planning Commission), Amir Ullah Khan (Bangalore Management Academy), Kunal Sen (p. xii) (Manchester), Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (ISI Delhi), B. N. Goldar (Institute of Economic Growth), Vivekanand Mukherjee (Jadavpur), Motiram Sripad (IGIDR), Peter Robertson (University of Western Australia), Priyodorshi Banerjee (ISI Kolkata), Satish Jain (JNU), Sonia Bhalotra (Bristol), Kusum Mundra (Rutgers-Newark), Rajeev Anantram (Business Standard), Dipankar Condoo (ISI Kolkata), Indraneel Dasgupta (CSSS), Ajit Mishra (Bath), Bhaskar Dutta (ISI Delhi), Stephen Howes (ANU), Indira Rajarman (ISI Delhi), Rudrani Bhattacharya (NIPFP), Saikat Sinha Roy (Jadavpur), Rajesh Singh (Iowa State), Vivek Moorthy (IIM Bangalore), Kundan Kishore (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Jagadeesh Sivadasan (Michigan), Arpita Mukherjee (ICRIER), Frantisek Brazdik (CERGE) Clive Briault (KPMG), and Areendam Chanda (LSU). I am grateful to all of them for their detailed input.

Finally, I want to thank my mother, Anjali Ghate, who asked me more or less every day throughout the last three years how the volume was progressing. She has been a constant source of encouragement in all things in my life, for which I am both grateful and deeply fortunate. I thank my father, Prabhu Ghate, a well-known microfinance scholar, for his support and fruitful interaction on various parts of the volume. I thank my wife, Priyadarshini Ghate, who allowed me the time and space to work on this project.

Last, but not least, I am grateful to my son, Amartya, who at the end of the day gave me the much-needed distraction from thinking about the handbook. (p. xiii)