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Ashok Kotwal
Emerging challenges: Economic and social
Posted on: 06 Aug 2014
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The challenge of fulfilling aspirations
Posted on: 15 Jul 2014
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I4I turns 1!
Posted on: 06 Aug 2013
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A critical assessment of the Rangarajan Panel Report on poverty measurement
Ranjan Ray , Kompal Sinha
Posted on: 30 Oct 2014

An expert committee headed by C Rangarajan was appointed by the government to rethink poverty measurement in India. This column provides a critical assessment of the recently released report of the Committee. It contends that while the Committee has proposed some positive changes, it missed an opportunity to mark a significant departure from previous approaches to poverty measurement.
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What explains the increasing use of contract workers in Indian manufacturing?
Bibhas Saha , Kunal Sen
Posted on: 29 Oct 2014
Topics:   Jobs , Trade

Contract workers constituted about one-fourth of all workers in formal manufacturing in India in 2008. This column analyses the extent to which trade liberalisation and lack of labour reforms explain the increasing use of contract workers. It finds that in the presence of labour rigidities, increasing import penetration contributes to the ‘flexibilisation’ of the workforce.
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Saving people’s livelihoods
Sudha Narayanan
Posted on: 28 Oct 2014
Topics:   Jobs , Agriculture

The new government is seeking to alter the essence of MNREGA based on the premise that it is not useful in its current form. In this article, Sudha Narayanan criticises the move and argues that despite its shortcomings, MNREGA is the best available institutional mechanism to preserve the resource base for food production and build resilience of Indian agriculture.
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Analysing efficiency of government hospitals in West Bengal
Satarupa Bandyopadhyay , Arijita Dutta , Arpita Ghose
Posted on: 24 Oct 2014
Topics:   Health

Given the insufficient public investment in the health sector in India, optimal utilisation of resources in the sector is crucial. This column analyses the efficiency of secondary government hospitals in West Bengal. It finds a huge slack in the use of resources such as doctors. With better monitoring, hospitals will be able to serve more patients with existing resources.
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Land-shackled - II
Devesh Kapur , T.V. Somanathan , Arvind Subramanian
Posted on: 22 Oct 2014
Topics:   Land

Rising land scarcity and land market distortions are increasingly becoming a binding constraint on development in India. In their previous article, Kapur, Somanathan and Subramanian diagnosed India’s land problem. In this part, they propose policy reforms for addressing the problem and ensuring that land facilitates rather than impedes development.
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Is the proposed restructuring of MNREGA desirable?
Ashwini Kulkarni
Posted on: 20 Oct 2014
Tags:   MNREGA

The rural development ministry plans to restrict MNREGA to the 200 most backward districts, and reduce the wage component of the total expenditure of the programme. In this article, Ashwini Kulkarni - a member of the National Consortium of Civil Society Organisations working on MNREGA - argues against the proposed changes.
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Land-shackled
Devesh Kapur , T.V. Somanathan , Arvind Subramanian
Posted on: 17 Oct 2014
Topics:   Land

Rising land scarcity and land market distortions are increasingly becoming a binding constraint on development in India. In the first of a two-part series, Kapur, Somanathan and Subramanian diagnose India’s land problem. In the next part, they propose policy reforms for addressing the problem and ensuring that land facilitates rather than impedes development.
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Did caste-based reservation increase schooling of beneficiaries?
Guilhem Cassan
Posted on: 16 Oct 2014
Topics:   Caste , Education

Reservation for backward classes in schools has been in place in India since independence. This column uses a unique historical event that took place in the 1970s in India to evaluate the effect of access to reservation on school attainment of Scheduled Castes. It finds that these policies benefitted male SCs only.
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From ‘Mess in India’ to ‘Made in India’ as a global brand?
Maitreesh Ghatak
Posted on: 15 Oct 2014

PM Modi recently launched the ‘Make in India’ campaign to attract investment and boost manufacturing. In this article, Maitreesh Ghatak contrasts the campaign with the Chinese model of economic governance, and reflects on its potential to enable higher growth and poverty reduction.
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To decentralise or not to decentralise? The dilemma of MNREGA in Andhra Pradesh
Diego Maiorano
Posted on: 14 Oct 2014
Topics:   Political Economy

Employment generated under MNREGA has been on the decline in recent years across India. This column analyses whether political dynamics influence the implementation of MNREGA by contrasting the implementation models of two of the top performing states – Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. It concludes that a combination of the top-down, supply-driven approach of AP and the demand-driven Rajasthan model is required.
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