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  • Event

    The challenge of job creation in India

    About 83% of India’s labour force works in the unorganised sector. Most of these are low-productivity, low-income jobs. Fast economic growth over the last two decades has been driven by high-skilled service sectors  but unaccompanied by significant employment growth. India's Economic Survey indicates that creating jobs is the country's "central challenge". The process...

    18 December 2017

  • Blog post

    India's commodity tax system leads to low compliance

    Data on tax rates in India for the past fifteen years reveals how rates vary by state and product. This heterogeneity and volatility results in high compliance costs, inter-state distortions, and households substituting toward lower-tax products. Tax in India India’s commodity tax system is complex, with large variation across states, products and time. We document the...

    27 Nov 2017 | David R. Agrawal, Laura Zimmermann

  • Publication - Project Report

    Community origins of industrial entrepreneurship: Theory and historical evidence from India

    16 Nov 2017 | Bishnupriya Gupta, Dilip Mookherjee, Kaivan Munshi, Mario Sanclemente

  • Project

    Tax policy and firms: Evidence from West Bengal

    Our aim in this project is to investigate How the Value-Added-Tax (VAT) affects firms' compliance and production decisions in a large developing economy. How the tax system affects the overall economic efficiency of production networks, in particular by distorting the quantity and quality of supplier-buyer matches. The impact of a tax reform that lowered...

    3 Nov 2017 | Lucie Gadenne, Tushar Nandi

  • News Item

    International Growth Centre awarded funding for research supporting Indian policymakers in alleviating poverty

    The International Growth Centre (IGC), based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been awarded a $4.2 million grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new programme helping researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking sustainable poverty alleviation in India. The three-year programme, Building evidence, evaluation capacity...

    2 Nov 2017

  • Project

    Judicial institutions and economic development: Examining micro-evidence from India

    The questions examining the relationship between a country’s legal environment and its economic outcomes are important. These are motivated by theories linking judicial efficiency and economic outcomes as developed under the new institutional economics (North, 1990 and Williamson, 1995). First, as a regulator, the judiciary is responsible for enforcing the rules of law....

    26 Oct 2017 | Aprajit Mahajan

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Managing waste at the household level: Field evidence from Delhi

    24 Oct 2017 | Shivani Wadehra, Arabinda Mishra

  • Project

    Mapping the urban world: Integrating high-resolution satellite imagery and night light data

    Tracking how an economy allocates resources across space and time is difficult. Reliable data sources, particularly from developing countries, are scarce. Those that do exist (e.g., population censuses) are typically measured at low frequencies, difficult to obtain, hard to compare across countries, and available only for coarse spatial units (e.g., districts or counties)....

    12 Oct 2017 | Gordon Hanson, Amit Khandelwal, Ran Goldblatt

  • Project

    Promoting energy and water efficiency in irrigation through direct and indirect incentives

    Groundwater irrigation has revolutionised agriculture in India, but in many areas, over-extraction is now worsening water quality, increasing poverty, and overloading the electric grid. Meanwhile, plenty of water- and energy-efficient techniques and technologies exist – such as micro-irrigation – but adoption remains low. What is the best way for governments, utilities,...

    11 Oct 2017 | Michael Greenstone, Nick Hagerty, Ariel Zucker

  • Blog post

    Women empowerment in nutrition: Do women really have a say in preparing and providing food?

    Decision-making capacity of women within the household and in the community is considered to be a reflection of their empowerment. In this note, Sweta Bhusan discusses one dimension of decision-making that revolves around procuring, preparing and serving food to household members. Even as we celebrate womanhood across the globe, scores of the 600 million women spread...

    9 Oct 2017 | Sweta Bhusan