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  • Publication - Working Paper

    The Socioeconomic High-resolution Rural-Urban Geographic dataset on India (SHRUG)

    16 Apr 2019 | Sam Asher, Tobias Lunt, Ryu Matsuura, Paul Novosad

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    Tender competitiveness and project performance in India’s PMGSY scheme

    15 Apr 2019 | Jonathan Lehne, Jacob Shapiro, Oliver Vanden Eynde

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    Detecting urban markets with satellite imagery: An application to India

    12 Apr 2019 | Kathryn Baragwanath Vogel, Ran Goldblatt, Gordon Hanson, Amit Khandelwal

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    Data: Third-party environmental auditing

    In many regulated markets, private, third-party auditors are chosen and paid by the firms that they audit, potentially creating a conflict of interest. This article reports on a two-year field experiment in the Indian state of Gujarat that sought to curb such a conflict by altering the market structure for environmental audits of industrial plants to incentivize accurate...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: What do Indian CEOs do? Time Use of Indian Top Executives: Determinants and Implications for Growth

    We present evidence on the labor supply of CEOs, and on whether family and professional CEOs differ on this dimension. We do so through a new survey instrument that allows us to codify CEOs’ diaries in a detailed and comparable fashion, and to build a bottom-up measure of CEO labor supply. The comparison of 1,114 family and professional CEOs reveals that family CEOs work...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Management practices in retail, education and healthcare sectors in India

    This paper presents the first in-depth descriptive look at the state of management practices in India. Using a unique dataset measuring the quality of management practices across countries and sectors, we find a consistent pattern of poor management practices in India in comparison to higher income countries across all the sectors studied: manufacturing, retail, education...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Long Run-Effects of Repayment Flexibility in Microfinance: Evidence from India

    Financiers across the world structure debt contracts to limit the risk of entrepreneurial lending. But debt structures that reduce risk may inhibit enterprise growth, especially among the poor. Using a field experiment we quantify the short- and long-run tradeoffs associated with the classic microfinance debt contract. We contrast the classic contract which requires that...

    1 Mar 2019

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    Data: Potato Traders in West Bengal: A Survey of Contractual Relations and Market Structure

    Our study consists of a pilot survey of a random sub-set of phorias (middlemen) and larger traders who operate in 72 villages of West Medinipur and Hugli districts and their corresponding potato markets. Our goal is to understand the nature of contractual relations between farmers and phorias on the one hand, and between phorias and wholesale traders that they sell to on...

    28 Feb 2019

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    Data: Household Finance in India

    We employ loan-level data on over a million loans disbursed in India between 1995 and 2010 to understand how fast-changing regulation impacted mortgage lending and risk. Our paper uses changes in regulatory treatment discontinuities associated with loan size and leverage to detect regulation-induced loan delinquencies. We also find that an acceleration in the classification...

    28 Feb 2019

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    Data: Sugar mills: Ownership, productivity and crop choice

    An old theoretical and empirical literature has struggled with how ownership structure affects economic outcomes. We seek to answer this question by examining the effect that different ownership structures have on the outcomes of sugarcane farmers in India. The econometric strategy exploits the zoning system - whereby farmers living within a zone are forced to sell sugar to...

    27 Feb 2019