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Understanding Food Inflation in India, RBI, Mumbai, September 21, 2016

Dr. Rudrani Bhattacharya was invited to deliver a talk on 'Understanding Food Inflation in India', at the Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, Mumbai on September 21, 2016.
The talk broadly focussed on four areas: (i) Food inflation: Trend and structure; (ii) Factors influencing food inflation: Supply-side channel; (iii) Impact of demand-supply gap on food prices and (iv) Role of supply chain distortions. It also focussed on studying what caused persistent high food infaltion in India and how did supply chain distortion affected food inflation? Dr. Bhattacharya also discussed in detail the recent episode of high and persistent food inflation which was associated to a structural break.
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Dr. Bhattacharya has written a number of papers on Food inflation in India: (2016), "How does Supply Chain Distortion affect Food Inflation in India?", NIPFP Working paper No. 173; (2016), "What Role Did Rising Demand Play in Driving Food Prices Up", South Asian Journal of Macroeconomics and Public Finance, (July); (2016), "Seasonal adjustment of Indian macroeconomic time-series", NIPFP Working Paper No. 160 and (2015), "Food Inflation in India: Causes and Consequences", NIPFP Working Paper No. 151.