Showing all Projects in India

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    Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

    India is choking on growth. Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India, meaning the average Indian loses about three years of his or her life due to the harm of this pollution There is also growing evidence that high levels of pollution lower labour productivity and, therefore, potentially economic growth. If good...

    24 Nov 2016 | Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Anant Sudarshan, Rohini Pande

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    Are small and medium enterprises constrained by the inability to raise funds from the equity markets? Evidence from the creation of a new platform in the Bombay Stock Exchange

    This project addresses to what extent lack of access of outside finance impedes the growth, investment, productivity, technological innovation and size of Small and Medium sectors (SMEs) in India. Specifically, it examines the impact of the introduction of a platform exclusively reserved for the SMEs for the purpose of raising equity finance in the Bombay Stock exchange...

    24 Nov 2016 | Sanjay Banerji, Madhav Shrihari, Krishna Gangopadhyay, Shamim Ahmed

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    Smart congestion pricing: Testing travel incentives to reduce congestion in Bangalore

    This project will use a novel data collection strategy using smartphones and a field experiment to provide evidence on traffic congestion inefficiencies in Bangalore, India. It will also evaluate policy levers to counter congestion using monetary incentives and information. Severe peak-time traffic congestion is endemic in large cities in developing countries, both on...

    8 Nov 2016 | Gabriel Kreindler, Esther Duflo, Benjamin Olken

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    Rapid urbanisation, rural-to-urban migration and rural development: Evidence from 8000 Indian towns

    Rapid urbanisation and declining rural poverty are central features of many developing countries today, but there is little research on their relationship, especially on the impacts of rapid urbanisation on peri-urban and rural areas close to cities. Rural areas are expected to benefit from urban growth, but it is unclear whether these benefits take place via labour...

    8 Nov 2016 | Paul Novosad, Sam Asher

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    Moving in or dropping out? India's female migrants and urban labour force integration

    One important, yet understudied, constraint to female labour force participation (FLFP)  is women’s inability to successfully migrate to where the jobs are - cities. In our pilot, young women and parents report being concerned for their safety when considering migrating to a major city for a job, but still reporting similar willingness to migrate for work as young men....

    27 Oct 2016 | Rohini Pande, Charity Troyer Moore, Soledad Artiz Prillaman

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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