India - Bihar

India - Bihar

The India-Bihar programme is focussed on policy research that drives growth. Our priority areas are: 1. Urbanisation (Infrastructure and Migration); 2. Industrialization and Land Policy; 3. Human Capital; 4. Governance and Political Economy; 5. Economic Growth and the Environment

In Bihar, we have delivered policy research in several key areas linked to growth. Our studies in subjects such as Setting Annual Targets for Commercial Tax, Cycle Scheme of Government of Bihar (beneficiary preferences, impact on enrolment), Institutional Strengthening for Flood Management, Implications of 13th Finance Commission on Bihar have resulted in policy impact.

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Putting undernutrition higher on the political agenda in India

In a recent 'Ideas for India' column, Lawrence Haddad contented that globally, we are in the midst of a ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition, and maximum effort is required to take advantage of this transformative opportunity. In this article, he discusses how the new government generates a new opportunity to put undernutrition prevention higher on the political agenda in India.


Towards Building an Outcomes Focused Education System: A Case Study of Education Reform in Bihar

It is well known that the Indian state suffers from a serious crisis of implementation capability. Economist Lant Pritchett has aptly captured this crisis in his description of the India state as a “flailing state”, one where “the head – its elite institutions at the national and state level- remain sound and functional but where its head is no longer reliably connected to its limbs”. So much so that even the most basic of tasks – like getting officials to show up to work, are near impossible.


Education for all: Fixing classroom processes

While India has achieved near universal enrolment in schools, the quality of education is far from satisfactory. There is an urgent need to change classroom processes to ensure that those who go to school actually learn. In this article, former Principal Secretary, Department of Education, Government of Bihar outlines various initiatives undertaken by the state to address this issue, and makes recommendations based on their experience.


4th Annual India-Bihar Growth Conference

Saturday, 19th July 2014 to Sunday, 20th July 2014

The 4th Annual Bihar Growth Conference will be organized on the 19th and 20th of July this year in Patna. In the past, the conference has brought together political leaders, senior bureaucrats, and leading academics together to generate ideas for growth. Last year, over 200 people attended the conference, and continuing with the trend, this year we have an impressive lineup of speakers promising a stimulating two days of debates and discussions.

A draft programme is available below.


From Cities to States: Jonathan Leape in LSEConnect

Jonathan Leape, Executive Director of the International Growth Centre, speaks to LSE Connect and explains the four research themes which will help power development across the world. 
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The Changing Face of Circular Migration in Bihar

The project’s theoretical framework is informed by recent debates on the theme of ‘transition’. The question of ‘transition’ from rural to urban, agriculture to industry, traditional to modernity and feudal to capitalist have concerned economists, sociologists, political scientists and historians of different intellectual persuasions. Despite deep differences between them, as for instance between Marxists and modernization theorists inspired by Weber, they have been united in their assumption that a ‘transition’ is inevitable.


Do women in power have an impact on corruption?

The recently elected 16th Lok Sabha of India will have a record number of 61 women parliamentarians. This column assesses whether women in the labour force or positions of power can have an impact on corruption. Analysing data from over 125 countries, it finds that women can reduce corruption but only in policymaking positions. They can do so via policies and not because they are necessarily less corrupt.


IGC Evidence Paper - Cities

Much of the developing world has begun to rapidly urbanise. This has led to the creation of developing cities and the emergence of mega-cities around the world. The benefits of this dense clustering of individuals have been well documented in many more developed cities. In that fact, it has been observed that productivity in these urban clusters is significantly higher in rural areas and that they do often become primary engines of economic growth. As a result, the potential effects of productive cities on economic growth in developing countries are very large.

Research themes: 

IGC Evidence Paper: Firm Capabilities

The IGC Firm Capabilities Research Programme pulls economists with a common interest in firm capabilities together to focus on three core questions: (i) what are the key proximate determinants of firm productivity? (ii) Where does the productive capacity of firms originate? (iii) What are the barriers that prevent resources from moving from unproductive firms and sectors to areas of higher productivity?


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