Showing all Projects in India

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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

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    Are resettled oustees from the Sardar Sarovar Dam project better off today than their former neighbours who were not ousted?

    The objective of this project is to study the well-being of tribal families ousted and resettled by the Sardar Sarovar Narmada authority. Resettlement and rehabilitation of tribal families have been among the most controversial aspects of the project. Sustained vigorous activism by civil society organizations and local communities helped create a resettlement package for...

    10 Aug 2016 | Swaminathan Aiyar, Neeraj Kaushal

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    Meeting the renewable revolution: A roadmap for electricity market design in India

    Most of the world sees renewable electricity generation firstly as green power, a way to meet flat or declining demand while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. India, with rapid demand growth and an urgent need for new capacity, sees renewable electricity as power, which mitigates energy security risk and safeguards against environmental hazards. Hence the country has set an...

    9 Aug 2016 | Sushanta Chatterjee

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    Household responses to information, communication of actions of community, incentives on solid waste management actions: A case study of Delhi Households

    Delhi generates 8360 TPD (approx.) of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day. Studies have shown that there is a clear linear relationship between per capita solid waste generation rates and income levels for Indian households [Viswanathan, 2006] and that India’s per capita MSW generation rates are likely to keep pace with the economic growth rates [Goel, 2008], which means...

    14 Jun 2016 | Shivani Wadehra

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    Community origins of industrial entrepreneurship: Theory and historical evidence from India

    The transition from agriculture to trade and the subsequent transition from trade to manufacturing are key stages in the development process. In countries where a substantial manufacturing sector exists, a few small communities often dominate it. Our objective in this project is to examine, theoretically and empirically, the role played by community networks in the...

    14 Jun 2016 | Bishnupriya Gupta, Kaivan Munshi, Dilip Mookherjee

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    Public programmes, growth, and economic inequality in rural India

    While India as a whole has seen rapid economic growth over the last two decades, there is a substantial question about whether and how poor households, particularly those concentrated in rural areas have been affected by this growth and whether they are likely to benefit from future growth. While the focus of efforts to improve rural incomes in the 1960s-1980s was primarily...

    14 Jun 2016 | Andrew Foster, Hari K Nagarajan, Mark Rosenzweig, Jai Pal Singh