Nidhi Parekh

Nidhi Parekh was previously the Managing Editor for the IGC, overseeing IGC publications, the IGC blog, and VoxDev.

She holds an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. Prior to joining the IGC, Nidhi worked for the National Treasury in South Africa as an ODI fellow. During her time in South Africa, her work focused on social security, social welfare and health.

Content by Nidhi Parekh
  • Publication - Miscellaneous

    Little Book of Growth Ideas

    Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the world living in extreme poverty more than halved as economic growth lifted millions of people out of poverty. Building on this progress, the UN Global Goals ambitiously aim to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. The International Growth Centre (IGC) believes that inclusive economic growth is the only route to achieving...

    15 Jul 2020 | Nidhi Parekh, Emilie Yam, Tim Dobermann

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Do social assistance programmes reach the poor? Micro-evidence from 123 countries

    Governments around the world rely on social assistance to reduce poverty, but the poorest are left behind. There has been a sharp reduction in global poverty over the past 25 years, from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015. Yet, 736 million people continue to live on less than USD 1.90 a day (World Bank, 2015), most of them in middle-income countries. In recent years, the largest...

    7 Jul 2020 | Nidhi Parekh, Oriana Bandiera

  • Blog post

    COVID-19 underscores need to overhaul social policies across Africa

    Social assistance transfers fail to reach the poorest sections of the population in sub-Saharan Africa. The COVID-19 crisis requires an expansion of our relief efforts beyond traditional social transfers, and is a call to re-envision social policy once we emerge from the carnage of this crisis. COVID-19 is as egalitarian as climate change. In that, it is not (Dell et al.,...

    4 May 2020 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Clicks: Where are all the female economists?

    “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders,” once said Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Hopefully, yes. But today, this is not true in most fields and definitely not in economics. Why is this and how can we change it? Over the last few years, we have witnessed an uproar in many parts of the world. Women have...

    1 Mar 2019 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Clicks: A new world order in the making? Highlights from Davos

    A short summary of the main themes covered at the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “It can’t be business as usual amid constant protests, riots, shutdowns and escalating social tensions”. These words were written by Seth Klarman, touted as the next Warren Buffet by Fortune, and titled the ‘most successful and influential investor you've probably never...

    25 Jan 2019 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Clicks: The unintended consequences of policies

    Have you ever made a decision and felt it was rational and well thought through only to later realise it resulted in something you had never imagined? Now, think about how this would apply to national policies. The possible indirect impacts are innumerable and sometimes unforeseeable. This post looks at the unintended consequences public policies and interventions have had...

    30 Nov 2018 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Clicks: How will technology impact the future of work?

    Did you know that once upon a time in the UK there was a designated person, often a night watchman or ‘knock upper’, to wake people up every morning? Then came alarms and two centuries later, mobile phones – with them the job of ‘knock upper’ died. These and many other ‘machines’ have slowly made previously staple jobs redundant. Technology has been changing...

    26 Oct 2018 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    Who are William Nordhaus and Paul Romer? And why did they win the Nobel prize in economics?

    The latest on the Nobel prize in economics. The basics: Who are they? William Nordhaus of Yale University is a pioneer in the economics of climate change. He won for his work on integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic models. Paul Romer of NYU Stern won for his work on the endogenous growth model and his emphasis on the integration of technological...

    8 Oct 2018 | Nidhi Parekh

  • Blog post

    IGC Quick Click: On trade wars and the aftermath of the financial crisis

    With so many interesting and important economic events happening in the world, we, at the IGC, thought we would have a go at summarising the debate on key interesting (yes, they exist) and topical economic issues. We aim to put together links to enlightening blogs and papers from a diversity of sources that will explain the various aspects of a topic/event or the different...

    28 Sep 2018 | Nidhi Parekh