Showing all Projects in India

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    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

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    Can governments increase revenues by lowering taxes? A study of competing policies to reduce tax evasion during house purchase in India

    Governments and urban local bodies struggle the world over to raise revenues to pay for providing quality services to its residents. This problem is more acute in developing countries where rampant corruption and tax evasion reduces their ability to raise such revenues. This study examines two competing policies that local governments follow in India to raise revenues from...

    31 Aug 2017 | Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Madalasa Venkataraman, Doddaswamy Ravishankar

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    Where’s value? Using VAT data to improve compliance

    In India, the low Value Added Tax (VAT) compliance of firms has been a persistent problem in raising public revenue. With the use of a large dataset – the universe of VAT transactions in the state of Delhi over the last five years -- this project addressed the issue of Indian firms’ evasion of VAT. Using the dataset, researchers evaluated the impact of an...

    14 Aug 2017 | Aprajit Mahajan

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    The political effects of programmatic development policy: Can Bihar break the clientelist trap?

    A perennial challenge for reformist politicians is how to sustain their governance reforms beyond their first term in office. This study evaluated how Bihar’s governance reform since 2005 has changed the attitudes and behaviour of the state's citizens by comparing those living within 4km of either side of the Bihar-Jharkhand border. The study found that...

    27 Jul 2017 | Jonathan Phillips

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    Labour market frictions in India: Evidence from the introduction of a job information platform

    The Indian labour market does not currently match employers and potential employees in an efficient way, leading to worse employment outcomes. This project provides a rigorous assessment of the value of job portals - examining their effect on job search behaviours and labour market outcomes for job seekers. Preliminary results suggest that job-portals can have...

    24 Jul 2017 | J-PAL South Asia

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    Religion and politics in India

    Religious inequality and discrimination targeting religious groups is a particularly important issue in many developing countries such as India. Unequal access to resources may translate into resentment and fuel conflict. Similarly, religious identity and inequality may perpetuate discrimination acting as a harbinger for future violence. Religious identity may also...

    14 Jun 2017 | Sonia Bhalotra, Irma Clots-Figueras, Lakshmi Lyer, Joseph Vecci

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    IGC India Central synthesis papers

    Since its inception in 2009, the IGC has funded more than 200 economic research projects in India on a wide variety of policy relevant topics. The vast knowledge generated through these projects has been synthesised in three recent IGC working papers on health, governance and public service delivery, and financial inclusion which can be downloaded below. The papers were...

    31 May 2017 | Farzana Afridi, Vikas Dimble, Nidhiya Menon, Nirvikar Singh

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    Role of ICT technologies in combating malnutrition: Increasing transparency in India’s mid‐day meal programme

    Social welfare programmes in developing countries are infamous for poor administration and leakages from the distribution networks. Large swathes of benefits often do not reach the intended beneficiaries. This project focuses on a state-driven, technology-enabled reform and shows that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can be harnessed to improve existing...

    25 May 2017 | Sisir Debnath, Sheetal Sekhri

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    Tax, lies, and red tape

    Weak institutional environments in poor countries may lead to lower tax compliance by firms. This may be especially true for family firms, whose owners have higher stakes in the firm and longer horizons, increasing their incentives for evasion, as well as access to local networks and information, increasing their opportunities for evasion. This project uses firm-level...

    25 May 2017 | Megha Patnaik

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    Rural electrification with off-grid community microgrids: An impact evaluation in Uttar Pradesh, India

    Randomised controlled trial measuring effect of installing solar microgrids in 81 villages in Uttar Pradesh who previously had no electricity and used kerosene lamps to light their homes. Villagers spent considerably less money on buying kerosene after subscribing to the solar service. However, researchers found no evidence of broader socio-economic impacts on...

    17 May 2017 | Michaël Aklin, Patrick Bayer, S.P. Harish, Johannes Urpelainen