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  • Blog post

    Sacrificing consumption to mitigate catastrophic risks

    Many scientists agree that the probability of a rare environmental disaster increases as the stock of greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere. This column asks how much consumption current generations should be willing to sacrifice to reduce the risk of such a future catastrophe. If there were a way of immediately eliminating the risk of all future catastrophes,...

    29 May 2017 | Avinash Dixit, Tim Besley

  • Person

    Avinash Dixit

    Avinash Dixit is John J. F. Sherrerd ’52 University Professor of Economics Emeritus at Princeton University. He is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

  • Event

    Private enterprises in conflict-related situations

    On 9th June,the IGC will welcome Alexandros Ragoussis and Neil Gregory from the International Finance Corporation, World Bank, who will present the report "Private enterprises in conflict-related situations". Addressing the challenges of conflict-related situations have become a top priority for the development community, and private sector development is an essential...

    9 June 2017

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Informality in the formal sector: Evidence from Indian manufacturing

    26 May 2017 | Radhicka Kapoor, P.P. Krishnapriya

  • Project

    Local economic development in Yangon: Demand side survey

    As Yangon develops and expands, ensuring a suitable supply of jobs and economic opportunities will be important for inclusive growth. In addition, interventions and policies aimed at addressing the main barriers preventing individuals from acquiring decent work can go a long way in solving Yangon’s urban poverty challenge. To date, however, little is known about the main...

    25 May 2017 | Michael Slingsby

  • Project

    Role of ICT technologies in combating malnutrition: Increasing transparency in India’s mid‐day meal programme

    Social welfare programmes in developing countries are infamous for poor administration and leakages from the distribution networks. Large swathes of benefits often do not reach the intended beneficiaries. Therefore, finding low-cost ways to improve social programmes have serious welfare implications. This project focusses on a state driven technology enabled reform and show...

    25 May 2017 | Sisir Debnath, Sheetal Sekhri

  • Project

    Yes to peace: Preventing election violence in Liberia

    In 2017, Liberia will be conducting its third general election after its civil conflict. Liberia is among a handful of African countries that could experience election violence during elections this year.  In fact, security officials speculate that electoral violence in the forthcoming general elections is perhaps of a greater likelihood than at any time since 2005 given...

    25 May 2017 | Sabrina Karim

  • Project

    Tax, lies and red tape

    Weak institutional environments in poor countries may lead to lower tax compliance by firms. This may be especially true for family firms, whose owners have higher stakes in the firm and longer horizons, increasing their incentives for evasion, as well as access to local networks and information, increasing their opportunities for it. This project uses firm-level data...

    25 May 2017 | Megha Patnaik