Showing all Projects in India

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    Estimating economic value to the state from land title regularisation: Evidence from India

    Background and objectives Nearly one in every six urban Indian residents lives in a slum that is created on encroached land. More than half of this land belongs to the government which often, for a variety of political, social and legal compulsions, is able to neither retrieve the land nor formally hand it over to the slum dwellers. The ensuing limbo has created abject...

    7 Apr 2016 | Venkatesh Panchapagesan, Madalasa Venkataraman

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    Adaptation to persistent drought and groundwater depletion: Evidence from Karnataka

    Water stress is becoming the leading constraint on Indian agriculture. Groundwater resources are being fast-depleted and rainfall disruptions are increasingly frequent. Understanding how farmers adapt to this dual challenge is crucial for India’s agricultural growth, and transformation. The study seeks to investigate the combined impacts of persistent drought and...

    7 Apr 2016 | Ram Fishman, K.V. Raju, V.S. Prakash

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    Rural-urban migration in Bihar

    Migration in Bihar is common, both within the state and from the state to other parts of the country. However, there has been limited understanding of the forms that migration is taking. This study found that the vast majority of migration in Bihar is cyclical labour migration by vulnerable groups. Labour migrants’ mobility is hindered by their access to...

    7 Apr 2016 | Indrajit Roy

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    Assessing the impact of listing on access to finance for small and medium enterprises

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are globally viewed as an engine of economic growth. The sector becomes the focus of policy because it serves to create jobs, and involves innovation that leads to inclusive growth. This is particularly true in countries like India, where inclusive growth is the focal point of economic policy. The latest estimates from 2012-13,...

    7 Apr 2016 | Susan Thomas, Nidhi Aggarwal

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    The impact of short-term driving restrictions on mobility and traffic congestion in Delhi

    Driving restrictions based on license plate numbers are a popular yet little understood policy in large cities in developing countries. This project used high frequency surveys to measure how drivers responded to such a policy in Delhi. Delhi's Odd-Even policy proved effective in reducing traffic congestion. However, many drivers switched to other private...

    7 Apr 2016 | Esther Duflo, Gabriel Kreindler, Benjamin Olken

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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...

    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