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  • Blog post

    Women’s economic opportunities: What can South Asian countries learn from each other?

    When women make their own money – or even when they have the option to work for a fair wage – their health, power in the domestic sphere, and position in society all improve, and parents begin to invest more in the health and education of their daughters. A wide range of research from South Asia and across the world has shown this. For example, a study in India...

    March 22, 2017 | Charity Troyer Moore, Vestal McIntyre

  • Blog post

    Getting India's women into the workforce: Time for a smart approach

    In this article, Rohini Pande, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, contends that raising India’s stubbornly low rate of female labour force participation will require behavioural interventions that address social norms. Between 1990 and 2015, India’s real GDP (gross domestic product) per capita grew from US$375 to US$1572, but its...

    March 20, 2017 | Rohini Pande

  • Project

    Women and work in rural India

    In India, only 32.6% of the half-a-billion working-age women report working. In contrast, the global average is 48% (Millennium Development Goals Report, 2013). The low rate of women's labour market participation in India is puzzling for a country that has experienced rapid fertility transition, broad increases in their educational attainment, as well as substantial...

    March 9, 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, Taryn Dinkelman

  • Blog post

    Declining female labour force participation in rural India: The supply side

    Analysis of National Sample Survey data shows that low rates of female labour force participation in India are concentrated among married women in rural areas. This blog suggests that this is partly because women with medium levels of education choose to spend more time on child care and domestic work. Globally, about half of all women work, and recent increases in rates...

    March 8, 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Taryn Dinkelman, Kanika Mahajan

  • Event

    Smart policy for women's economic empowerment

    Despite its recent economic growth, many South Asian economies continue to see relatively poor – and in some cases, declining – indicators for women’s social and economic empowerment. Yet research shows that women’s access to financial resources is correlated with their overall empowerment and benefits others in the household, notably children. At the same time,...

    23 March 2017

  • Blog post

    The tale and maths of universal basic income

    Commenting on the discussion on universal basic income in the recently released Economic Survey, Jean Drèze argues that UBI is an idea whose time will come, but that time is still quite distant as far as India is concerned. The Economic Survey 2016-17, released on 31 January, gives a much-awaited view of the government’s (or at least the Chief Economic Adviser’s)...

    February 20, 2017 | Jean Drèze

  • Blog post

    An economist’s view on recent domestic and world events

    Dilip Mookherjee spoke to Hindu Business Line at length on a variety of issues including demonetisation, the upcoming Budget, and the Trump Presidency’s impact on the world economy. Excerpts: What are your views on the recent demonetisation exercise? Yes I’m struck by the audaciousness of the move, I don’t know how well planned it was. In terms of motives one can...

    February 13, 2017 | Dilip Mookherjee

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Demand for environmental quality information and households’ response - Evidence from well-water arsenic testing

    February 6, 2017 | Prabhat Barnwal, Alexander Van Geen, Chander Kumar Singh

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Terms of trade shocks and monetary policy in India

    February 6, 2017 | Chetan Ghate, Sargam Gupta, Debdulal Mallick

  • Project

    Building environmental regulation that enables growth

    Industry has not only fuelled rapid growth and increased living standards in China and India but also contributed to air and water pollution.  Pollution concentrations in these and other developing countries exceed the highest levels recorded in the developed world. Industrial regulations in India have a history of heavy-handedness, characterised by onerous licensing and...

    February 2, 2017 | Michael Greenstone, Rohini Pande, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan