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  • 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

  • Project

    The impact of formal mechanisation access on agricultural productivity and informal rental markets

    Agriculture remains central for the livelihood of a large portion of the population in developing countries, employing nearly 60% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa and 750 million people in South Asia alone (World Bank, 2018). With increasing land fragmentation over time – average land holdings in India declined from 1.2 hectares to 1.08 hectares between 2010 and...

    17 Dec 2019 | Julieta Caunedo, Namrata Kala

  • Project

    Opening the black box of information interventions: Evidence from India

    Information and communication interventions often rely on social mobilisation to promote the adoption of environmental health technologies in developing countries. Yet, the mechanisms by which these interventions mobilise households to adopt are often insufficiently or poorly understood. Given the slow and low response to many environmental health technologies (e.g., bed...

    17 Dec 2019 | Subhrendu Pattanayak, Emily Pakhtigian

  • Project

    Digital literacy, land rights, and agricultural productivity in Bihar

    E-governance is the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) into the management of public programmes. It has altered the landscape for rights protection and service delivery. However, the success of some e-governance initiatives hinges on citizen engagement, which depends on digital literacy, knowledge of rights, and self-efficacy in claiming...

    17 Dec 2019 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar