The Rise of China and India: A Comparative Economic Assessment - Pranab Bardhan

March 14, 2007
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The PBRC Distinguished Speakers Series Presents

Pranab Bardhan

“The Rise of China and India: A Comparative Economic Assessment”

March 14, 2007
Pauling 216 4:30-5:30 p.m.


“In this lecture after a comparative account of the two economies in terms of broad development indicators, I point to some social and historical issues that underlie their differential ability to resolve collective action problems in long-term investment and to manage political conflicts, which go beyond the usual simple aggregative comparisons of an authoritarian and a democratic political regime.” Bardhan suggests, “Only patience and struggle – not destiny – can guide India and China to the level of superpowers”.

Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and cochair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics.