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    Why are fewer married women joining the work force in rural India? A decomposition analysis over two decades

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

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    Financial inclusion: Concepts, issues, and policies for India

    The International Growth Centre recently brought out a synthesis paper (Singh 2017) that lays out the basic concepts surrounding financial inclusion, and reviews a wide range of IGC and other studies on financial inclusion. At a workshop organised by the IGC in collaboration with Ideas for India and Indian Statistical Institute, Rohini Pande (Harvard Kennedy School), S....

    6 Sep 2017 | Nalini Gulati, Nirvikar Singh

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    How do disclosures affect financial choices? The case of life insurance in India

    Insurance is one of the most popular investment avenues in India. Recent miss-selling scandals in insurance (as well as financial products more generally) have brought a renewed focus on how best to regulate their sale. This has meant rules on commissions paid to distributors of these products, increased fiduciary responsibilities, as well as improved disclosures. Removing...

    31 Aug 2017 | Renuka Sane, Monika Halan, Ajay Shah

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    Rapid response project on Indian firm data

    In March 2015, IGC organised a Workshop on Industry Data, held in Delhi. The workshop provided an opportunity for academics, policy makers and government agencies to discuss difficulties they face with using or collecting datasets on Indian firms, and define the steps for a way forward to improve the quality of the data available in these areas. To prepare for the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

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    Does restricting subsidised power and water supply reduce growth? Evidence from the dark zones of Gujarat

    The provision of heavily subsidised electricity to agricultural consumers in India is widely considered to be a major choke on India's energy sector. Most state governments resort to rationing the duration or access to agricultural power supply, with little information on the associated trade-offs and the impacts on growth. This study will investigate the impacts of one...

    31 Aug 2017 | Ram Fishman, Meha Jain, Saher Asad

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    Improving school governance at scale: A randomised evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment programme

    Weak governance is a critical constraint in delivering quality education in developing countries. This project undertakes a randomised evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment Programme (MPSQA) - one most ambitious recent attempts by a developing country government to improve education governance at scale. The programme is a comprehensive attempt to...

    31 Aug 2017 | Karthik Muralidharan, Abhijeet Singh

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    Effectiveness of e-auctions in emerging economies

    Our primary research goal is to examine whether governments in emerging economies can increase revenues by selling land through e-auctions (anonymous auctions conducted online over a period of time) rather than through traditional “physical place” auctions (auctions where buyers and sellers come together in physical space and time). Though auctions are popular in the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Madalasa Venkataraman

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    Can governments increase revenues by lowering taxes? A study of competing policies to reduce tax evasion during house purchase in India

    Governments and urban local bodies struggle the world over to raise revenues to pay for providing quality services to its residents. This problem is more acute in developing countries where rampant corruption and tax evasion reduces their ability to raise such revenues. This study examines two competing policies that local governments follow in India to raise revenues from...

    31 Aug 2017 | Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Madalasa Venkataraman, Doddaswamy Ravishankar

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    Governance and public service delivery in India

    The International Growth Centre recently produced a synthesis paper (Afridi 2017) bringing together insights from its research on governance and public service delivery in India, over the past seven years. At a workshop organised by the IGC in collaboration with Ideas for India and Indian Statistical Institute, Amarjeet Sinha (Ministry of Rural Development), Rajesh...

    30 Aug 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Nalini Gulati

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    Access to credit and female labour force participation in India

    Women’s physical access to microfinance loans from the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Bank, correlates with the probability of accessing loans, which in turn correlates with the likelihood of working in the long-run. Financial empowerment and labour Access to microfinance loans provides resources for home-based work and places financial decision-making power...

    29 Aug 2017 | Erica Field, Rohini Pande, José Martinez