Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Sagar Wadhwa

PhD Candidate in Economics
Summer Fellow 2018
Project Title: The Impact of Demonetization on Household Income and Consumption

In a landmark decision in November 2016, the government of India made the two highest denomination currency notes illegal overnight. While this move was proposed for potential future benefits, it resulted in severe liquidity constraints for many households as these two notes constituted 85% of the total currency in circulation. In this project, Sagar seeks to study the short run and medium run impact of these liquidity constraints on the household income and consumption using the CMIE panel dataset. By studying the heterogeneity in the effects, Sagar will also explore which groups were affected most by this policy.