The 15th Finance Commission and Economic Divergence

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Recent news reports suggest that the 15th Finance Commission will rely on 2011 Census data for devolution of funds to states. This move might adversely affect well-performing southern states and deepen the rift between the North and the South. In this context, Reuben Abraham, CEO, IDFC Institute, spoke to Vivek Dehejia and Praveen Chakravarty, Senior Resident Fellows, IDFC Institute about their research on economic divergence between Indian states and the potential consequences of a change in methodology in the 15th Finance Commission.


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