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  • Project

    Do bureaucrats acculturate? Evidence from a long-running natural experiment in India

    This project explores the extent cultural norms around corruption and inaction are adopted over time by bureaucrats. By utilising the random assignment of elite bureaucrats to states with varying cultures of corruption and inaction, the team studies how the bureaucrat’s environment influences their preferences, values, and behaviour. Inaction and corruption of...

    9 Nov 2020 | Nishith Prakash, Raymond J. Fisman, Matt Lowe

  • Blog post

    Poverty eradication in India: Successes and shortcomings of social protection

    While social protection programmes in India have helped reduce poverty significantly, they are not without their problems. COVID-19 reversed the gains and has plunged millions into further poverty, disrupting the informal economy, and hitting migrant labourers the hardest. Schemes like MGNREGA are being sought out by the government and desperate citizens to tackle...

    15 Oct 2020 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Financial intermediation and economic development in the state of Bihar, India: A district-level analysis

    This paper analyses the relationship between financial intermediation and economic development in the state of Bihar in India. We find that the standard index of depth of financial intermediation measured by credit deposit (CD) ratio is very low in the state (30%) and has little impact on economic development at the aggregate level. However, the analysis of sectoral CD...

    7 Oct 2020 | Sanjay Banerji, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Sushanta Mallick

  • Blog post

    Does the gender of your co-worker matter? Evidence from call centres in India

    Gender integration in the workplace may have negative effects on employee productivity (Akerlof and Kranton 2000, Bertrand et al. 2015). This could decrease employee productivity if employees of different genders are (1) uncomfortable or distracted by each other’s presence (Kandel and Lazear 1992), (2) face communication barriers while interacting (Hamilton et al. 2012),...

    6 Oct 2020 | Deepshikha Batheja

  • Publication - Project Report, Working Paper

    Take home rations (THR) and cash transfers for maternal and child nutrition: A synthesis of evidence in India

    The futures of young children are often overwhelmingly determined by chance. There is consensus that the 1000 days since conception are critical for a child’s nutritional status and the environment in which children are born often shapes the inputs and investments they get during this formative period (Black, et al. 2013). Failure to secure a child’s wellbeing during...

    21 Sep 2020 | Sudha Narayanan, Shree Saha

  • Project

    Herself and her children: How worse off are they? Impact of COVID-19 in rural Bihar

    COVID-19 has created a perfect storm for global malnutrition. The crisis is expected to adversely affect the nutritional status of households—particularly vulnerable groups like women, children and aged—through livelihood and income losses related to government-mandated shutdowns and de-globalisation, freezing of food transfer schemes such as school feeding programs,...

    27 Aug 2020 | Zakir Husain, Mousumi Dutta, Saswata Ghosh, Kaushik Chaudhuri

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    A roadmap for closing gender gaps in Bihar: Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a globally recognised framework to mainstream gender in public planning and budgeting processes and mechanisms. In doing so, GRB paves the way for equitable and inclusive development and has been adopted in one form or the other in over 100 countries. India has led efforts on GRB in Asia, being one of the most relevant countries...

    17 Aug 2020 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra

  • Event

    The impact of COVID-19 on small-holder farmers in India and the way forward

    In India more than 80% of the agriculture sector comprises of small and marginal farmers (Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, 2015). Agriculture and its allied sectors are the source of livelihood of around 54.6% of the population (Economic Survey 2019-20) and its contribution was around 16.5% of the GDP. Furthermore, small-holder farmers contribute to both...

    28 August 2020

  • Blog post

    Rental markets for mechanisation in India: Trends and current state

    Agricultural landholdings and mechanisation levels vary considerably in the developing world. Whether smaller farmers adopt lower levels of mechanisation because returns to adoption are lower, or because there are barriers to adoption that are particularly detrimental to them remains unclear. Our project aims at estimating the impact of access to equipment rental markets on...

    11 Aug 2020 | Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala

  • Blog post

    COVID-19 and the willingness to vaccinate: Evidence from India

    Vaccination is one of the success stories in modern day medicine and seen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a key element of the response to the current pandemic. While billions are poured into a vaccine’s development and tackling supply difficulties, policymakers should prepare for the next challenges: compliance and ability to pay. One of the most, if not the...

    5 Aug 2020 | Alex Armand, Britta Augsburg, Antonella Bancalari