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  • Blog post

    Reducing under-age marriage and school dropout in West Bengal

    Under-age marriage and adolescent school dropout is a serious problem in India. It is most critical in West Bengal, an Eastern state of India, bordering Bangladesh. According to the 2011 Indian Government Census, West Bengal has the highest incidence of child marriage among girls (7.8%), much higher than the national average of 3.7%. It also has a low mean average of years...

    13 Sep 2017 | Arijita Dutta, Anindita Sen

  • Blog post

    Can India reap the demographic dividend in higher education?

    India’s population is going through a ‘demographic bulge’, with an increase in the proportion of the working age group and a decrease in that of dependents. In this article, Shivakumar Jolad computes the demographic changes due to fertility decline and attempts to forecast the demand and supply of higher education over the period 2016-2031, across Indian...

    12 Sep 2017 | Shivakumar Jolad

  • Publication - Project Report

    Identifying an effective teacher in public schools in Delhi

    8 Sep 2017 | Deepti Goel, Bidisha Barooah

  • Publication - Project Report

    Why are fewer married women joining the work force in rural India? A decomposition analysis over two decades

    8 Sep 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Taryn Dinkelman, Kanika Mahajan

  • Blog post

    Financial inclusion: Concepts, issues, and policies for India

    The International Growth Centre recently brought out a synthesis paper (Singh 2017) that lays out the basic concepts surrounding financial inclusion, and reviews a wide range of IGC and other studies on financial inclusion. At a workshop organised by the IGC in collaboration with Ideas for India and Indian Statistical Institute, Rohini Pande (Harvard Kennedy School), S....

    6 Sep 2017 | Nalini Gulati, Nirvikar Singh

  • Project

    How do disclosures affect financial choices? The case of life insurance in India

    Insurance is one of the most popular investment avenues in India. Recent miss-selling scandals in insurance (as well as financial products more generally) have brought a renewed focus on how best to regulate their sale. This has meant rules on commissions paid to distributors of these products, increased fiduciary responsibilities, as well as improved disclosures. Removing...

    31 Aug 2017 | Renuka Sane, Monika Halan, Ajay Shah

  • Project

    Rapid response project on Indian firm data

    In March 2015, IGC organised a Workshop on Industry Data, held in Delhi. The workshop provided an opportunity for academics, policy makers and government agencies to discuss difficulties they face with using or collecting datasets on Indian firms, and define the steps for a way forward to improve the quality of the data available in these areas. To prepare for the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Sam Asher, Paul Novosad

  • Project

    Does restricting subsidised power and water supply reduce growth? Evidence from the dark zones of Gujarat

    The provision of heavily subsidised electricity to agricultural consumers in India is widely considered to be a major choke on India's energy sector. Most state governments resort to rationing the duration or access to agricultural power supply, with little information on the associated trade-offs and the impacts on growth. This study will investigate the impacts of one...

    31 Aug 2017 | Ram Fishman, Meha Jain, Saher Asad

  • Project

    Improving school governance at scale: A randomised evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment programme

    Weak governance is a critical constraint in delivering quality education in developing countries. This project undertakes a randomised evaluation of the Madhya Pradesh School Quality Assessment Programme (MPSQA) - one most ambitious recent attempts by a developing country government to improve education governance at scale. The programme is a comprehensive attempt to...

    31 Aug 2017 | Karthik Muralidharan, Abhijeet Singh

  • Project

    Effectiveness of e-auctions in emerging economies

    Our primary research goal is to examine whether governments in emerging economies can increase revenues by selling land through e-auctions (anonymous auctions conducted online over a period of time) rather than through traditional “physical place” auctions (auctions where buyers and sellers come together in physical space and time). Though auctions are popular in the...

    31 Aug 2017 | Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Madalasa Venkataraman