• Event

    IGC Bihar Growth Conference 2014

    19 July 2014

    The 4th Annual Bihar Growth Conference was held on the 19th and 20th of July this year in Patna. The conference has brought together political leaders, senior bureaucrats, and leading academics together to generate ideas for growth. A programme and summaries are available below.

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    The Changing Face of Circular Migration in Bihar

    Indrajit Roy

    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. Along these lines, some social scientists...

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    Video: Moving Up A Gear – Can a free bike help...

    Karthik Muralidharan

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    Blog Post

    Creating Entrepreneurs: A Big New Idea in...

    Oriana Bandiera, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul

    Can the world’s poorest people become entrepreneurs? This column outlines results from an evaluation of the Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh, a scheme that the NGO behind it claims is a staggering success. From an economist’s point of view, the world’s poorest people typically lack two things: capital and skills. They tend to work for others in jobs that are often insecure and seasonal in nature that require neither of these and provide little opportunity for obtaining them. As a result, most anti-poverty programmes attempt to help the poor overcome either their lack of skills...

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    Intervention design of Integrated Performance...

    Ronald Abraham, Andrew Fraker, Neil Buddy Shah

    Child malnutrition and leakage of funds from public service delivery programs are endemic throughout South Asia. In India, 43.5% of children are malnourished, a level twice as high as the sub‐Saharan African average (World Bank, 2012). The state of Bihar, with a population of 104 million people, has an even worse child malnutrition prevalence of 56.1%. The Bihar Government devotes US$200 million annually to address child malnutrition through its Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP), run by the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Directorate of the Department of Social...

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    Blog Post

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the most...

    Sanchari Roy, Maitreesh Ghatak

    The forthcoming election, it seems, will be fought mainly on issues of governance and economic performance. To the extent there is a focus on the personalities involved, such as Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal or potential “Third Front” candidates, such as Nitish Kumar or Mamata Banerjee, most of the discussion is about their economic track record or lack thereof. This is a welcome development. However, in the grand theatre of Indian politics, facts often take a back seat to slogans, and opinions get sharply polarised. For example, we either hear that Gujarat’s...