Pronab Sen

Pronab Sen is the Programme Director for the IGC India Programme. Pronab received his PhD in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University specialising in open-economy macroeconomic systems, international economics and public finance. Most recently the Principal Adviser, Power and Energy, at the Government of India’s Planning Commission, he has also had positions as the first Chief Statistician of India, acting as the functional and technical Head of the national statistical system in India, as well as Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Government of India (2007-2010).  As a representative of the Planning Commission he was principal author and coordinator of (a) the Mid-term Appraisal of the Eighth Five Year Plan, (b) the Ninth Five Year Plan, (c) the Mid-term Appraisal of the Ninth Five Year Plan, (d) the Tenth Five Year Plan, and the Mid-term Appraisal of the Tenth Five Year Plan.  

Content by Pronab Sen
  • Multimedia Item - Video

    IGC India conference: The impact of COVID-19 on health and wellbeing

    The nationwide lockdown last year disrupted food supply chains, and access to food was a very real concern for millions of households. India has some of the world’s largest food security schemes to address malnutrition and hunger. While the initiatives seem promising, the COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in the effective delivery of midday meals and the public...

    14 May 2021

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    IGC India conference: The economic impact of COVID-19 on households

    Nearly 84% of Indian households witnessed a decrease in income during the initial lockdown and the months following it. While the well-off can manage, there are grave concerns about how the poor can cope and survive future lockdowns. This webinar explores how households coped with the economic effects of lockdowns, and whether existing and new welfare schemes are effective...

    13 May 2021

  • Blog post

    Shock and oh damn

    In this article, Pronab Sen, Country Director for the India Central Programme of the International Growth Centre, argues that India’s recent demonetisation has penalised virtually the entire informal sector, and perhaps damaged it permanently. At the stroke of the midnight hour of 9 November 2016, India lost 86% of its monetary base. The media – print, electronic and...

    28 Nov 2016 | Pronab Sen