Showing all Projects in India

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    Study of the food processing sector in Bihar

    The food processing sector has long been seen as a promising route to economic transformation in Bihar. Though the sector has been the target of successive industrial policies from the state government, the industry still suffers significant shortcomings. In this project, researchers conducted a survey of food processing firms in Bihar and analysed secondary data to...

    17 Mar 2016 | Debdatta Saha, Barna Ganguli

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    Price risk and poverty

    A common feature of markets in many developing economies is a lack of integration. Trade across areas may be hindered by high transportation costs, limited information and communication, and policies that create barriers to trade. As a result, there is substantial variation in prices for basic commodities across space, often even within local geographic areas. Lack of...

    14 Mar 2016 | Sandip Sukhtankar, Lucie Gadenne, Monica Singhal

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    Female politicians and economic growth: Evidence from state elections in India

    The project studies close elections between men and women for election to India's state legislative assemblies. It finds significantly higher growth in economic activity in constituencies that elect women. Given average GDP growth in India of about 7% per year (during the study period), the researchers estimate the growth premium for constituencies from having a...

    25 Feb 2016 | Sonia Bhalotra, Yogesh Uppal, Thushyanthan Baskaran

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    Land acquisition and structural transformation in Bihar: An analysis of alternative approaches

    It has long been recognized, since at least the ‘Lewis model’, that an essential ingredient of growth is the structural transformation of the economy – from agriculture to industry, from the production of primary products towards increasingly more complex manufacturing, usually accompanied by a process of migration from rural to urban areas. In the case of Bihar, this...

    25 Feb 2016 | Sanjay Jain, Chinmaya Kumar

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    One nation, many worlds: Varieties of developmental regimes in India

    The development trajectory in Indian states strongly suggests that state governments display distinct preference for certain kinds of development policies. Successive governments in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, for example, have been pro-redistribution irrespective of the nature of party ideology, while both the centrist Congress and center-right BJP led governments in Gujarat...

    25 Feb 2016 | Poulomi Chakrabarti , Ashutosh Varshney

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    Leveraging patients' social networks to overcome Tuberculosis under-detection in India: A field experiment

    In India alone, it is estimated that 3.5 million people suffer from Tuberculosis (TB). The under detection of TB represents a key challenge in developing countries because the success of any treatment program rests crucially on identifying those who have the disease. We propose to evaluate an approach with the potential to augment and strengthen the WHO’s global...

    9 Feb 2016 | Mario Macis, Jessica A. Goldberg, Pradeep K. Chintagunta

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    Analysing the impact of government interventions in agriculture on consumption

    In the context of bankruptcy, many important studies have examined the implications of debt relief on different real outcomes.  However, the decision to file for bankruptcy could be endogenous. In this regard, examining the implications of a debt relief granted by the government does overcome the endogeneity problem. We study the impact of the Indian Agricultural Debt...

    9 Feb 2016 | Mrinal Mishra, Prasanna Tantri, Nagaraju Thota

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    Kanyashree Prakalpa in West Bengal, India: Justification and evaluation

    Motivation Kanyashree Prakalpa (KP), introduced by Government of West Bengal in 2012 is a unique Conditional Cash Transfer scheme which targets adolescent girls aged 13-19 years and offers a two-tier scholarship of an annual Rs 500 for continuing education (K1) and a one-time payment of Rs 25,000 on completion of 18, conditional upon the girl remaining unmarried AND...

    9 Feb 2016 | Arijita Dutta, Anindita Sen

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    The impact of community mobilisation on land rights governance: Evidence from a homestead land entitlement initiative in Gaya District of Bihar, India

    How and under what circumstances can civic mobilization improve local governance and service delivery? This project seeks to contribute to debates on this question through a multimethod analysis of a homestead land entitlement support program in rural Gaya District, Bihar. Homestead land entitlement in much of the developing world represents a cornerstone on which...

    2 Feb 2016 | Andre Joshua Nickow, Sanjay Kumar

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    Pollution externalities and health: A study of Indian rivers

    India's rivers are heavily polluted. One of the most polluted sites is the city of Kanpur on the banks of the river Ganga, one of India’s longest and holiest rivers. At this site, the Ganga river receives large amounts of toxic waste from the city's domestic and industrial sectors, particularly the tannery industry. We study the impact of a landmark piece of judicially...

    2 Feb 2016 | Shareen Joshi, Quy-Toan Do, Samuel Stolper