Examines the concept of corruption, its ethical interface and its measurement, by looking at the economies of 150 countries in different income groups and using cross-country regression analysis estimates of how corruption impacts their economic growth. From this it suggests a strategy for meeting the challenge of politial and petty corruption.
B.K. Chaturvedi served as Member, Planning Commission of India (2007- 2014) and of Thirteenth Finance Commission (2007-2009). Starting his career in the Indian Administrative Service in 1966, he rose to the highest position in Civil Service of the country when he was appointed Cabinet Secretary. He worked in that capacity for three years. He has experience of functioning of the Government at different levels for more than four decades. He has been Secretary to the Government of India in several Ministries, including Finance, Human Resource Development and Petroleum & Natural Gas for more than six years. He was also a member of the board of UNDP and UNICEF. In 2010, one of India's highest civilian awards Padma Bhushan was conferred on him by the President of India. Shekhar Chandra is an Engineer by training and completed his B.Tech from G.B. Pant University, Uttar Pradesh and two Masters, one each from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. He has been working at the intersection of economic growth and environment, especially researching on India's role in international climate negotiations by combining his analysis of domestic energy challenges with an analysis of the international negotiations, and in particular how India can achieve a fair deal without derailing the process.