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    Improving land security through community-based organisations

    Researchers and policymakers agree that secure land rights constitute a vital pillar for sustained livelihood improvements among marginalized populations, but existing solutions have been primarily top-down in orientation. Can community-based organisations help to improve land security from the ground up? Bihar state law guarantees each rural household the right to hold...

    25 Feb 2019 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

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    Data: Bidding for roads

    Politically-driven corruption is a pervasive challenge for development, but evidence of its welfare effects are scarce. Using data from a major rural road construction programme in India we document political influence in a setting where politicians have no official role in contracting decisions. Exploiting close elections to identify the causal effect of coming to power,...

    12 Feb 2019

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Religion, leadership, and coordination: Evidence from a lab experiment in the field

    Coordinating economic actions across individuals can be critical to resolving collective action problems and market failures. Coordination – i.e., the ability to work together effectively – may be necessary for escaping poverty traps, for changing social norms, for optimising resource use on common land, or for improving the provision of public goods. This study...

    18 Dec 2018 | Sonia Bhalotra, Irma Clots-Figueras, Lakshmi Lyer, Joseph Vecci

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    Designing national healthcare: Challenges and opportunities for Ayushman Bharat

    As India’s population ages, the demand for tertiary healthcare to treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular ailments is increasing rapidly. Estimates from the World Health Organisation show that deaths in India due to non-communicable diseases increased from 4.2 million in 2000 to 5.8 million in 2016. Over the same period, deaths...

    17 Dec 2018 | Sisir Debnath, Dibya Mishra , Tarun Jain, Revathy Suryanarayana

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    Video: Are women politicians good for economic growth?

    How do female politicians perform in the countries where women are least represented? An IGC study in India looked at economic performance in constituencies with female legislators and their impact.

    5 Dec 2018

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    Are women politicians good for economic growth?

    There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades. We find that constituencies that elect women experience significantly higher growth in economic activity through the electoral term than similar constituencies that elect men.

    4 Dec 2018 | Sonia Bhalotra

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Political decentralisation, women’s reservation and child health outcomes: A case study of rural Bihar

    Research has shown that political decentralisation and female leadership at the local governance level can influence policy decisions in favour of women and children. This study analyses how decentralisation and women’s reservation (or quotas) at local levels of governance can improve health outcomes. The 73rd and 74th Amendments to the Constitution of India...

    23 Nov 2018 | Santosh Kumar, Nishith Prakash

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Evaluating the Kisan Credit Scheme: Results from Bihar and India

    The Government of India introduced the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme in its 1998-99 budget to provide timely, short-term agricultural credit to farmers through the banks under a single window system. By March 2011, more than 100 million KCC accounts had been issued nationwide. This brief outlines results from a study examining the impact of the KCC Scheme on...

    23 Nov 2018 | Areendam Chanda