Lack of access to credit is often argued to be an important determinant of poverty. This lack is often traced back to the poor not having collateral. This absence of collateral in turn has been linked to the fact that the poor don’t have titles to their land.
A Summer School in Development Economics will be held at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi from July 12-16, 2014, organised jointly by International Growth Centre (IGC) and ISI, Delhi Centre.
All applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted by March 31, and acceptance decisions will be made by May 1.
Labor market reforms have emerged as a topic of great interest among policy makers, Economists and academicians ever since India started liberalizing its economy in the early 1990s. However, successive attempts in the past to reform labor market in India remained futile. On the other hand, there is a consensus emerging across the policy makers and industry that the archaic labor laws are hampering the competitiveness of Indian industry in the age of globalization.
The Food Security Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha (the Lower House of the Indian parliament) in August 2013. The purpose of the legislation is to remove hunger and reduce malnutrition. The extent to which it will be able to do so depends largely on whether it results in higher food consumption. The Bill intends to provide 75% of the rural population and 50% of the urban population with the national assured minimum entitlement (NAME) of 5 kilograms of grain per person per month.
This study will explore whether, and to what extent one’s social identity can affect one’s aspirations (as captured by a subject’s short and long term goals), and beliefs about future outcomes. While there is a paucity of theory and evidence that addresses this in Economics, psychologist have hypothesized that priming social identity can lead to individuals aspiring and working towards goals that affirm membership in their social group (Oyersman, 20071).
There has been a recent shift from joint liability to group loans with individual liability by the Grameen Bank and some other prominent micro lending institutions across the world. Under the joint liability lending mechanism a group of individuals were given a loan and individuals in a group were jointly liable for the loan given. Under the new lending mechanism although borrowers have to be in a group in order to have access to the loan, individuals are not liable for the default of other members in the group. An individual is only liable for her share of the loan.
There is a large market for education services for children in the developing world, with many of these services provided by private education service providers. These services often take the form of private tutoring, serving to complement the public system, or low-cost private schools, intended to supplant the public system entirely. In spite of the dramatic increase in the prevalence of private education services, we have a limited understanding of the behavior of agents in this market.
The Sampling and Official Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata and the International Growth Centre (IGC), India Central Programme jointly organised a workshop on Economic Growth in the state of West Bengal on 26-27 December 2013.
The 3rd Annual South Asia Growth Conference will be held in Lahore, Pakistan from 17 - 19 March 2014.
We will be live-tweeting the event using the hashtag #SAsiaGrowth so follow the action on Twitter @The_IGC.
The Agenda is below, which shows a very exciting lineup of research presenters!
The November edition of Ideas for Growth highlighted a new IGC working paper examining the impact of roads on crop prices at market.