Showing all Projects in India

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    Bidding for roads

    This project aims to understand how to make it harder for local politicians to capture small-scale infrastructure projects. By analysing detailed data on the bidding process we aim to understand how politicians have been able to intervene and what could be done to prevent such manipulation in future. In particular, we aim to answer 3 questions related to political...

    27 Oct 2016 | Oliver Vanden Eynde, Jacob Shapiro

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    Industrial agglomeration and (the lack of) competition

    China’s economic growth is often attributed to the rapid proliferation of special economic zones (SEZs). The results of this project suggests that gains to firms arising from the tax and regulatory incentives they receive for locating inside an SEZ may come at a cost to consumers.  We found that SEZs in China actually promote collusion. Our 'index of...

    27 Oct 2016 | Joseph Kaboski, Wyatt Brooks, Yao Amber Li

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    Smart meters for promoting energy efficiency in rural India

    This project brings experimental and quasi-experimental research methods to bear on important issues confronting rural electrification initiatives. The overarching objective is to investigate how modular smart grid technology can be used to improve both supply and demand-side efficiency in rural settings. Specifically, we will investigate: (1) the extent to which the...

    27 Oct 2016 | Meredith Fowlie, Catherine Wolfram

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    Foreign market access and competition in India's textile and clothing industries: Impacts on firms and workers

    This study aims to understand how improved foreign market access and increased export competition affect firm- and industry-level sales and productivity, and how these in turn affect human resources. We study this by focusing on the textiles and clothing (TC) industries in India, and analysing two important changes affecting the global TC industries during 1995-2005: ...

    21 Oct 2016 | Krisztina Kis-Katos, Janneke Pieters, Shruti Sharma

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    Indian climate early warning system

    Extreme weather poses numerous risks to India's economy and society, but there currently exist no comprehensive assessments of these risks. Our approach uses outcomes data (on mortality rates, work hours, agricultural yields, conflict incidence, and crime rates) from around the world to flexibly estimate how sensitive a location is to temperature based on its...

    19 Oct 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Ashwin Rode, Amir Jina, Robert Kopp

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    The effects of food policy on cropping patterns and income distribution in rural Bihar

    This project aims at understanding the combined effect of two state policies related to the production and distribution of food, namely the sharply rising minimum support prices (MSPs) offered to farmers to procure agricultural products and the subsidised distribution of food grains through the public distribution system (PDS). These are closely related in that high...

    14 Oct 2016 | Rajnish Kumar, Rohini Somanathan

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    Andhra Pradesh Dashboard Pilot Project: Perception and usage of data in governmental decisionmaking

    This project aims to develop a Cross-state Budget Analysis Dashboard that will analyse state allocations from across India in the areas of agriculture, primary education, power, and health. The goal is to provide the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office with key insights on developmental programs that they can emulate in their own state.  

    31 Aug 2016 | Rwitwika Bhattacharya, Lakshmi Lyer, Noopur Abhishek

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    Production responses and tax evasion with limited state capacity: Evidence from major reform in India

    Historically, India’s highly decentralised system of indirect taxation has led to production inefficiencies because it relied on a retail sales tax that resulted in substantial cascading (double taxation). During the 2000s, states replaced this archaic retail sales tax system with Value Added Taxes (VAT) with state-specific rate schedules, exemptions for firms, and tax...

    31 Aug 2016 | Laura Zimmermann, David R. Agrawal

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    Infrastructure and economic growth: The role of airports

    Differences in productivity explain much of the gap in incomes between rich and poor countries.  A growing strand of research suggests that these differences in productivity are driven by capital misallocation: more productive firms in low income countries cannot obtain capital to expand their operations. If this is the case, policies that promote better capital allocation...

    19 Aug 2016 | Natalie Bau, Jesse Schreger

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    Risks and investment in education

    Evidence shows that the educational outcomes of children to a large extent depend on their parents' background, their resources, and their socio-economic status. Parental choice in terms of investment in the education of their children is a major determinant of the educational attainment of the children and their future earning capacity. Low educational attainment in...

    10 Aug 2016 | Tanuka Endow, Alok Kumar Singh