Showing all Projects in India

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    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

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    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

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    A roadmap for closing gender gaps in Bihar: Gender Responsive Budgeting

    Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) is a critical global accountability framework to plan, allocate, programme, and monitor adequate resources by governments to fulfil their commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). In India, GRB has charted a significant path since 1992. The Five-Year Plans - starting from the Eight Plan (1992-97) - have recognised...

    17 Dec 2019 | Shrijna Dixon, Yamini Mishra

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    Can police enforcement reduce child marriage? Evidence from India

    Child marriage severely affects female well-being across the developing world, yet its causes remain poorly understood. Research that does examine the determinants of child marriage tends to focus on cultural- and economic factors that are difficult, if not impossible, to directly affect public policy. Inspired by interviews with local NGO workers specialised in the...

    16 Dec 2019 | Tanushree Goyal, Sam Van Noort

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    Improving skills in Bihar: How to reduce drop-out rates from training programmes?

    India, like other developing countries, suffers from low productivity of labour (Bloom et al. 2014). Training the labour force is the primary policy to increase skills and labour productivity. However, the literature has shown that designing successful training programmes is difficult (Blattman and Ralston 2016, McKenzie 2017). In many instances, they suffer from low...

    16 Dec 2019 | Roland Rathelot, Wiji Arulampalam, Bhaskar Chakravorty, Clément Imbert

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    Fuel subsidy: Evasion under changes in point of provision

    The increasing burden of subsidies is a leading concern for policymakers across the world. Growing subsidy burden holds significant fiscal implications. Nonetheless, any attempt to reform subsidy policies invites univocal opposition from all the quarters. Particularly in developing countries, debates on fuel subsidies invoke strong passions since a significant proportion...

    6 Dec 2019 | Prabhat Barnwal

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    What is the effect of short-term subsidies on demand for potable water

    In rural Bihar, roughly 86 million households source their drinking and cooking water primarily from shallow well hand pumps that are vulnerable to biological and chemical contamination (Brouns et al. 2013; Mishra et al. 2009; Das et al. 2013). Furthermore, both the knowledge and practice of adequate water purification techniques remain dangerously low (Das et al. 2013). To...

    4 Nov 2019 | Drew Cameron

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    Job portals and labour market frictions

    The constraints to the growth of medium-sized firms is a question of great policy relevance given their large role in the economies of developing countries. Academic research holds that the dearth of adequately skilled workers is an important factor limiting firm growth (IGC 2014). More recent empirical work (Hardy and McCasland, 2015) suggests that labour market frictions...

    24 Jan 2018 | Jeremy Magruder, Elizabeth Ramirez Ritchie, Erin Kelley

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    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

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    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