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    Expanding opportunities in India’s labour market: Gender, skills, and migration

    India has one of the youngest populations in an ageing world. By 2020, the median age in the country will be 28 (compared to 37 in China and 45 in Western Europe). Nearly two-thirds of the Indian populace are of working age (between 15 and 64). The question is: will India be able to reap benefits of this ‘demographic dividend’ and fulfil the aspirations of its people,...

    20 Jan 2020 | Ella Spencer, Nalini Gulati

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    How can Skill India improve outcomes for female trainees?

    Skill India is a government programme which includes an initiative aimed at training and linking young women to employment opportunities. Not only are female participants of the programme less likely to accept a job offer than a male counterpart, but they are even less likely to accept one that involves some form of migration. This brief uses existing data to...

    16 Jan 2020 | Soledad Artiz Prillaman, Rohini Pande, Charity Banda

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Density in various forms

    Indian census data suggests that around a third of citizens live in areas that could be considered urban, with this set to rise to about 40% by 2030. However, in addition to population numbers and density, the criteria to be considered urban also contains a less conventional stipulation that at least 75% of adult main male workers in an area must work in...

    15 Jan 2020 | Neha Sami, Jessica Seddon, Arindam Jana

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Curbing leakage in public programmes: Evidence from India’s Direct Benefit Transfer Policy for LPG subsidies

    Welfare programmes often observe a high rate of leakage of public funds. Many developing countries subsidise access to essential commodities with in-kind transfer programmes, where beneficiaries receive goods at a subsidised price while non-beneficiaries have to pay the market price. The design of traditional in-kind transfer programmes itself, when it leads to a...

    15 Jan 2020 | Prabhat Barnwal

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Energy efficiency in smallholder agriculture: Do micro‐irrigation systems deliver?

    Promoting energy efficiency is a global priority, as it has promise to slow carbon emissions, aid in expanding energy access, and spur economic growth. However, investments in energy efficiency do not always deliver the expected benefits. Micro-irrigation systems are a widely promoted efficient technology with the potential to improve both water and energy efficiency...

    8 Jan 2020 | Nick Hagerty, Ariel Zucker

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Do taxes affect firm-to-firm trade? Evidence from India

    Intra-national trade costs are large in developing countries; gains from better integration of supply chains within these countries are potentially substantial. This study considers how the Value Added Tax (VAT) affects intra-national firm-to-firm trade in the state of West Bengal, India. Using rich data on the universe of the 180,000 firms paying taxes in the state...

    8 Jan 2020 | Lucie Gadenne, Tushar Nandi, Roland Rathelot

  • Publication - Project Report

    Migration of SMEs in the Bombay Stock Exchange: A different look at the SME financing issues

    We examine the impact of the creation of a new platform aimed at enabling small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to raise equity nance in the Indian capital markets. The empirical results suggest that a firm's performance does not improve significantly after it migrates to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) mainboard. This implies that the firms have already absorbed the benefits...

    3 Jan 2020 | Shamim Ahmed, Madhav Shrihari, Sanjay Banerji

  • Project

    How do environmental firm relocation policies affect firms, workers, and environmental quality?

    Private sector productivity growth has increased significantly since the early 1990s in India (Bollard et al, 2013). An important proportion of these productivity gains have been attributed to lower regulatory barriers and increased access to trading opportunities. A significant source of regulation in India that has been relatively understudied in terms of its impacts on...

    18 Dec 2019 | Namrata Kala, Michael Gechter

  • Project

    Gender-based violence and empowerment indicators in Bihar: Scope for evidence-based research and policy

    Gender-based violence has emerged as a global problem with wide-ranging impacts on women’s health and empowerment. The primary aim of this multi-method research is to study the feasibility of a multi-sectoral model based on a public health approach in Bihar for addressing gender-based violence. Bihar is recognised as a high-prevalence state for gender-based violence....

    18 Dec 2019 | Keerty Nakray

  • Project

    Assessing the long-term effects of participation in a gender transformative programme in adolescence: A follow-up study of young men in Bihar

    Working with young men from an early age has been proposed as a potential solution to transform traditional gender norms. However, programmes to change gender norms among young men remain sparse in India and elsewhere. A review of interventions to engage young men revealed that most evaluations tend to have shorter follow-up periods. Also, they lack differential...

    17 Dec 2019 | K. Santhya, Francis Zavier