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Amrita Saha - Research Officer

Rural Futures; Business, Markets and the State
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Amrita holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. Her current post-doctoral roles include data management officer for the consortium on Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) at IDS and as visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her ongoing research explores the political economy of trade protection, agricultural commercialisation in Sub-Saharan Africa, innovation and inclusive structural change. 

Amrita works with Rural Futures and Business, Markets and State cluster at IDS. Her research roles have also included work with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London; with the Ministry of Commerce in India, WTO Geneva, ITAD and United Nations ESCAP. She has also taken up various teaching roles at SOAS, at the University of Sussex, and University of Bath. She is particularly interested in working on political economy issues for India and developing countries.

The CDC Group plc is a Development Finance Institution (DFI) wholly owned by the UK government. Its mission is to support the growth of businesses and infrastructure development throughout Africa and South Asia in order to create jobs and make a difference to people’s lives in some of the poorest areas of the world.

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Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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Pathways to Inclusive Development through Innovation, Technology and Change is developing a framework to analyse alternative pathways that link different forms of technological innovation, and evaluate resulting structural change and inclusion outcomes in low-income countries.

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IDS publications on international development research

Systematic reviews of cost-effectiveness in low and middle income countries: a review of reviews

We investigate whether systematic reviews of cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions in low and middle income countries are feasible and useful. To this aim, we systematically review systematic reviews of cost-effectiveness studies and systematic reviews of effectiveness studies. More details

Innovation, Structural Change, and Inclusion. A Cross Country PVAR Analysis

Structural change can be both a cause or a consequence of innovation, while structural change and innovations are usually accompanied by short-term outcomes of social inclusion or exclusion. Inclusion may in turn have an impact on further innovations. Yet, we find little evidence in the literature on the three-way relations between innovation, structural change and inclusion. This paper advances a first exercise in this direction. More details


Inclusive Structural Change: Case Studies on Innovations in Breeding Practices in Kenya and Anti-Retroviral Therapy Service Provision in Mozambique

IDS Working Paper 505 (2018)

Innovation, accompanied by structural change, is at the heart of economic growth and development. Yet there is limited evidence to understand interactions between innovation, structural change and inclusion in the context of low-income and emerging countries, or how these processes best support sustainable and inclusive societies. More details

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Join Hands or Walk Alone? Evidence on Lobbying for Trade Policy in India

ARTNeT 167 (2017)

India has aligned to the importance of international trading systems while partaking a degree of independence in its trade policy formulation. The latter stance is often linked to domestic state business relations that have organised in expressing specific needs of developing countries. More details

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Trade Policy & Lobbying Effectiveness: Theory and Evidence for India

The objective of this paper is to quantify Lobbying Effectiveness for trade policy. I introduce this measure into Grossman and Helpman’s (1994, American Economic Review 84: 833–850) model of protection-for-sale (PFS). Two alternate factors are suggested to explain differences in lobbying effectiveness across sectors; first, predisposition of the government to supply protection (owing arguably to a perception bias to certain lobby groups that present their policy stance better); and second, the ability to organize and lobby for protection (based on market structure). More details

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