ADB Economics Working Paper Series No. 221
How Can Food Subsidies Work Better?Answers from India and the Philippines
Shikha Jha and Bharat Ramaswami
Shikha Jha is Principal Economist, Economics and Research Department, Asian Development Bank;Bharat Ramaswami is Professor, Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre. This paper waspresented in seminars at the Asian Development Bank, Manila and Jawaharlal Nehru University, NewDelhi; and at the 12th International Convention of the East Asian Economic Association on “Asia and theGlobal Economic Recovery” on 2–3 October 2010 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The authors would like tothank participants for interesting discussion and comments. They also thank Siraj Hussain of the Ministryof Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India for facilitating access to data aboutstate-level sales of subsidized foodgrains. They are deeply grateful to David Coady, Bhaskar Dutta, andP. V. Srinivasan for their valuable comments, and to Pilipinas F. Quising and Ronald Tamangan for superbresearch assistance. The authors take responsibility for any remaining errors.