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.

Researchers can click here for more information on our research interests 

NEWS

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: 
NEWS

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?

NEWS

IGC Evidence Paper: State Effectiveness

In a sizable number of developing countries, the public sector fails to provide many, if not most, critical public goods necessary for economic development. The presence of a well-functioning state is key to encouraging economic growth. Part of this concerns having a public sector that has the capacity to raise revenues and spend them effectively; and that policymakers are incentivized to act in favour of their citizen. This paper discusses recent developments in the literature on state effectiveness.

NEWS

IGC Evidence Paper: Energy

Achieving reliable, widespread access to electricity will be transformative for many developing countries. It has significant effects on how households apportion their time and which methods and inputs are applied by productive enterprises. However, much of the world’s population remains without this reliable access or the benefits generated from it. This paper outlines many of the questions behind why this remains the case.

Research themes: 
IGC PROJECT

Adoption of Balanced Use of Chemical Fertilizers: Farmers' Response to Scientific Evidence and Social Learning

Consumption of chemical fertilizers (mainly Urea, Phosphates and Potash or NPK) has risen rapidly in Bihar in recent years, faster than in the rest of India, and the farmers of Bihar now use higher quantities of NPK per hectare of net sown area (200 kg/ha) than the national average (135 kg/ha). Despite that, crop yields are still generally lower in Bihar. A more balanced usage of fertilizers and increased use of secondary nutrients and micro-nutrients, such as Zinc, Sulfur, Boron, etc.

NEWS

IGC Central Call for Proposals

The International Growth Centre (IGC) invites researchers to submit proposals for high-calibre research projects relevant to growth policies in developing countries. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm, 31 May 2014, GMT time.

This is a comprehensive IGC call for proposals which encompasses its two central programmes: the Research and Country Programmes.

IDEAS FOR INDIA

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most dynamic state of them all?

This column analyses the economic performance of 16 major Indian states over the last three decades. It finds that Bihar has improved the most during the 2000s, Kerala has always been a star performer in terms of HDI, Rajasthan has achieved the maximum decline in inequality, Tamil Nadu tops in poverty reduction, and the levels and growth rates of per capita income of Maharashtra and Gujarat have consistently been the highest. However, no one state can be singled out as the top performer in the 2000s. Moreover, while Gujarat’s overall record is undoubtedly very good all through the last three decades, its performance in the 2000s does not seem to justify the wild euphoria and exuberant optimism about Modi’s economic leadership. In particular, there is no evidence of any significant growth acceleration in Gujarat in the 2000s.

NEWS

New "Our Work" Brochure

The IGC has recently published a brand new Our Work Brochure, which showcases research and policy engagements across our country and research programmes.

A PDF copy is available below and hard copies are available on request.

IGC PROJECT

Community Driven Development and Elite Capture

Community driven development (CDD) has long been thought of as an effective method of service delivery for the provision of public goods. Development practitioners have argued that engaging the community in development projects will create a closer connection between those who distribute public services and its intended beneficiaries. However, as with markets and governments, CDD is not without its weaknesses. Failure can occur when a subgroup of the community, is able to mobilise to further their self-interest, to the detriment of the rest of the community.

Pages

Subscribe to India - Bihar