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  • News Item

    Treating electricity as a right is detrimental to expanding access

    To expand access to electricity, governments in low-income countries should treat electricity as a private good, not a right, a new publication argues. It is a widespread belief in developing countries that electricity is a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. In practice, this social norm regularly results in customers not paying their electricity bills, stealing...

    9 Sep 2019

  • Publication - Working Paper

    Electricity is not a right (paper)

    Electricity courses through our lives. Yet, there are still more than a billion people worldwide who are not connected to the grid, and many more get abysmal supply, unlike the 24/7/365 flow that rich countries take for granted. We argue that these shortfalls are due to a sad irony: treating electricity as a right for the poor has limited electricity access.

    9 Sep 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Generating productive jobs in India

    Nalini Gulati, IGC Country Economist and Editor of Ideas for India, discusses why generating more productive jobs is one of the biggest challenges the India economy will grapple with over the next 5 years. This video is part of our #IGC10 campaign

    8 Sep 2019

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Electricity is not a right: How social norms constrain access to electricity

    The norm that electricity is a right, as opposed to a private good, constrains access to energy and leads to widespread rationing in developing countries. Many developing countries suffer from low electricity access and frequent outages that restrict economic growth. These conditions arise from two primary factors: the norm that electricity is a right guaranteed by the...

    6 Sep 2019 | Robin Burgess, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Matei Alexianu

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Take Home Rations (THR) and cash transfers for maternal and child n­utrition in India: A synthesis of evidence and recommendations for policy

    In India, 38.4 percent of children under the age of five are stunted, i.e., have impaired growth and development, rising to 41.2 percent in rural areas. India ranks 134th out of 151 countries that measure stunting – lower than Bangladesh, Nepal, and most Sub-Saharan African countries. To address challenges with child and maternal health, the Government of India...

    29 Aug 2019 | Shahid Vaziralli

  • Event

    Strengthening state effectiveness for gender-inclusive development

    Economic growth is always a gendered process and the in-built gender inequalities can hinder the progress towards inclusive growth. Existing evidence suggest that unless we consider the gender dimensions of inclusive growth and policies for inclusive growth address the existing gender gaps, one will always raise concerns over the nature of growth. Instead of questioning the...

    9 August 2019

  • Event

    IGC India Research Conference: Evidence for inclusive growth

    When: 9:00am – 4:30pm, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 Where: Inspire Hall, Le Méridien Hotel New Delhi The IGC India Research Conference: Evidence for inclusive growth presents and discusses frontier research from IGC and LSE economists examining key components of inclusive economic growth in India. Specifically, the conference is organised by sessions on the...

    10 September 2019

  • Event

    Ideas for India panel discussion on financing development in India

    When: 6:30 - 8:00pm, Monday, 9 September Where: Desire Hall, Le Méridien Hotel New Delhi One of the key challenges facing the growth process in India is to find an effective way to finance investment. Banks, especially the public sector banks, are stressed and so are the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). Due to rural distress, farmers have been demanding loan...

    9 September 2019

  • Blog post

    Can the microcredit model be improved?

    The long-term impact of microcredit on peoples’ lives is limited: new research reveals it can help more people by modifying and extending its model. Microcredit is frequently touted as an effective policy tool to fight global poverty. Its global profile was elevated in 2006 when Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering microcredit....

    30 Jul 2019 | Vikas Dimble, Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak

  • News Item

    Leading economic institutes join hands to bridge research-policy gap

    The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago and the International Growth Centre at the London School of Economics collaborate to better communicate evidence-based research for informed decision-making. Economics is crucial to addressing issues that challenge India’s ability to grow faster, sustainably, and inclusively. With the common mandate to...

    19 Jul 2019