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  • Event

    Property tax and urban policy in KP

    The Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) in partnership with International Growth Center (IGC) and Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) is organizing the second session of its two-part webinar series on how to maximise provincial fiscal space by focusing on two specific taxes: sales tax on services and the urban property tax. Senior...

    24 July 2020

  • Person

    Mujtaba Piracha

    Mujtaba Piracha is Pakistan's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has also held several positions with the local and provincial government. He was member Punjab Revenue Authority and Secretary for Industries, Commerce and Investment in Punjab and also served as commissioner Lahore. He specialises in public financial management and completed his PhD at the...

  • Project

    Can peer and neighbourhood effects improve maternal health outcomes in rural Bihar: Assessing the role of formal and informal networks

    Bihar is a state with a long history of poor maternal health indicators. At the onset of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, Bihar was listed as one of the High Focus states, and special attention was paid to improving health indicators. Data from the latest round of the Demographic Health Survey indicates that such attempts have not been successful. Policy...

    15 Jul 2020 | Mousumi Dutta, Zakir Husain

  • Person

    Zakir Husain

    Zakir Husain is a Professor at Presidency University since 2018. His teaching career started in 1994, with his appointment to West Bengal Education Service. Thereafter, he has served in Rabindra Bharati University, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, Institute of Economic Growth New Delhi, and Indian Institute for Technology Kharagpur. In between, Zakir was a Senior...

  • Person

    Mousumi Dutta

    Mousumi Dutta is Professor and Head of the Department at Presidency University.

  • 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

  • Blog post

    Ideas matter: Celebrating 50 years of development economics research

    Since the IGC was founded a bit more than 10 years ago, the organisation has supported many projects and researchers that gave rise to transformational ideas in the field of economic development and growth. We are today publishing The Little Book of Growth Ideas presenting a selection of these growth ideas. Given the ongoing crisis related to COVID-19, these ideas remain...

    15 Jul 2020 | Matthieu Teachout

  • Project

    Child marriage in Bihar: The role of insecurity and migration

    According to the recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4, 2015-16) data, 39.1% of women in India within the age-group of 20-24 years are married before 18 years. In Bihar, the problem is much more acute with 42.5% of the girls in this age group having been married before 18. Though over the years the situation has improved in the state, some worrying statistics show...

    14 Jul 2020 | Anindita Sen, Arijita Dutta

  • Publication - Project Report

    Exploring the determinants of interest rate spreads in the Uganda banking system

    Interest spreads in Uganda have been persistently high over the last two decades. This paper aims to complement the literature by investigating the determinants of interest rate spreads in Uganda, following the period after the adoption of Inflation Targeting, using three different approaches: First, a cross country comparison with regional peers; Second, a...

    10 Jul 2020 | Keith Jefferis, Elizabeth Kasekende, Doreen Rubatsimbira , Nicole Ntungire

  • Project

    Social identity, taste bias and under provisioning of public goods

    Data shows that public good provision in India decreases with an increase in caste-based fractionalisation. While past research (Banerjee and Somanathan, 2007) documents this association, the causal interpretation and the deeper mechanisms driving the result is an open question. This project aims to plug this gap by identifying the precise causal connection between caste...

    10 Jul 2020 | Ritwik Banerjee, Anujit Chakraborty, Ashokankur Datta, Arka Roy Chaudhuri