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  • Project

    Hiring frictions and growth among small firms: Evidence from an internet platform-based experiment

    This project uses randomisation of access to an online job portal for firms seeking entry-level workers in Bangalore, India to test whether frictions in the labour recruitment process constrain the growth and productivity of small and growing firms. Specifically, the experiment will test whether online portals can do screening and background verifications to improve...

    3 Aug 2022 | A Nilesh Fernando, Niharika Singh, Gabriel Tourek

  • Project

    Accelerating investment into women-led start-ups

    This research will examine whether two interventions affect investor behaviour regarding women-led firms: the use of revenue sharing investment models and mindset training around gender bias. The initial stage will establish a basis for understanding the potential mechanisms through which investment structures and mindset training could affect investor activity, with an...

    3 Aug 2022 | Saurabh Lall, Amisha Miller

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    Measuring and managing impact: A field experiment

    Investors and firms face uncertainty over how to measure and manage impact, an uncertainty that introduces severe challenges when trying to evaluate the growth of firms in low-income countries across both financial and impact metrics. This project aims to be a large-scale causal examination of impact management and measurement (IMM) practices in Low Income Countries (LICs)....

    3 Aug 2022 | Emanuele Colonnelli, Tanuja Kate

  • Blog post

    In-kind transfers as insurance: Evidence from India

    While academics and policymakers prefer unconditional cash transfer to the poor, they value in-kind transfers that protect against price fluctuations A fundamental question in the public economics literature, as well as in the practical design of social protection programmes, is whether transfers from the government to the poor should take the form of cash or kind...

    2 Aug 2022 | Lucie Gadenne, Sam Norris, Monica Singhal, Sandip Sukhtankar

  • News Item

    IGC appoints Professor Parikshit Ghosh as new Editor-in-Chief for Ideas for India

    The International Growth Centre (IGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Parikshit Ghosh as the new Editor-in-Chief for Ideas for India (I4I), IGC’s key platform for contributing to the policy discourse in India.   With the full support of I4I’s Editorial Board, Prof Ghosh succeeds founding Editor-in-Chief Prof Ashok Kotwal who sadly passed away in...

    28 Jun 2022

  • Blog post

    In extremity and externality: Need for policies to protect children from environmental crises

    Despite the undeniable threats of climate change, little consideration has been given to creating social safety nets for the vulnerable or engendering resilience in institutions disrupted by extreme climate events. In this post, Nikita Sharma considers the impact of climate change on economies and individuals, particularly children whose health and education are impeded as...

    5 Jun 2022 | Nikita Sharma

  • Blog post

    Overcoming barriers to access and agency for women entrepreneurs in India

    Despite various policies aimed at fostering women entrepreneurship in India, few women-led businesses reach the same scale as their male counterparts. Traditional gender roles often inhibit women’s agency, risk-taking, and decision making in business, thereby necessitating policies that are specifically aimed at helping women achieve their entrepreneurial potential. In...

    18 May 2022 | Shubhranka Mondal

  • News Item

    In memory of Professor Ashok Kotwal

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ideas for India’s Editor-in-Chief Professor Ashok Kotwal on 28 April 2022. Prof Kotwal played an integral role in founding Ideas for India (I4I) in 2012, IGC’s key platform for contributing to the policy discourse in India. He also served as the Lead Academic for IGC’s India Bihar programme from 2015-2017, which...

    10 May 2022

  • Blog post

    Addressing gender-based violence through public health: Evidence from India

    The framing of violence against women as a public health issue allows for more robust multi-disciplinary interventions through the healthcare sector and necessitates analysis of the sector’s capacity to recognise, intervene, and prevent GBV.   Gender-based violence (GBV) is recognised as a complex health problem rooted in patriarchal social norms and the economic...

    2 Apr 2022 | Keerty Nakray

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Gender-based violence, empowerment, and public health: Towards a model of complex interventions in Bihar

    Gender-based violence still affects women’s daily lives and their opportunities for work and social mobility in India. This study aims to understand the complex dynamics of gender-based violence (GBV) in Bihar. This is a mixed-methods pilot study examining the structural determinants of gender-based violence and empowerment. Through data from multiple sources, the...

    31 Mar 2022 | Keerty Nakray