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On demonetisation
Posted on: 23 Dec 2016
On the evening of 8 November, the Prime Minister announced on national television that Rs. ... read on »
Introduction to e-Symposium: The GDP conundrum
Posted on: 16 Nov 2016
Ever since India’s Central Statistical Organisation came out with the new GDP series with ... read on »
Introduction to e-Symposium: The idea of a universal basic income in the Indian context
Posted on: 26 Sep 2016
The idea of an unconditional basic income given to all citizens by the State, has caught o ... read on »
Introduction to e-Symposium: Ideas for reforms in education policy in India
Posted on: 18 Nov 2015
A New Education Policy is being formulated in India based on a time-bound grassroots consu ... read on »

Tag: Gujarat

Modi and his challenges: Leading India on its march to prosperity
Rajiv Kumar
Posted on: 21 Sep 2016
Topics:   Political Economy
Tags:   Gujarat


Despite Narendra Modi’s successful leadership as Chief Minister of Gujarat, some question his ability to achieve the same progress at the national level as India’s Prime Minister. In this article, Rajiv Kumar analyses Modi’s political background and state- and national-level experience to assess his capacity to navigate India through a politically and economically important time towards its goal of becoming a prosperous economy.
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Panel Discussion: Two years of Modi government
Pranab Bardhan , Parikshit Ghosh , Pratap Bhanu Mehta , Mihir Sharma
Posted on: 29 Aug 2016
Topics:   Political Economy


In  a panel discussion organised to mark the 4th anniversary of Ideas for India, I4I Editor Parikshit Ghosh (Delhi School of Economics) moderates a discussion on ‘Two years of Modi government’ among Pranab Bardhan (University of California, Berkeley), Mihir Sharma (Bloomberg View) and Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Centre for Policy Research), encompassing issues related to policy and governance; corruption; manufacturing; social sector; and social and cultural issues.
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One step forward, one step back? Ahmedabad’s evolving urban policy
Tanvi Bhatkal
Posted on: 02 Nov 2015
Topics:   Urbanisation
Tags:   Gujarat


India’s urbanisation process has come to be characterised by haphazard growth of cities, the costs of which are borne disproportionately by the poor. This column analyses Ahmedabad’s urban policy over the past two decades and the impact on slum dwellers. While the city’s urbanisation process has traditionally been a rewarding collaboration between the local government and civil society, recent changes present a challenge to this legacy.
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Keeping women safe
Rohini Pande
Posted on: 24 Dec 2014
Topics:   Gender


Since the December 2012 rape incident in Delhi, numerous policies have been proposed to stop the “war on women”. In this article, Rohini Pande discusses economic research, including her own, on the social, legal and financial forces that cause individuals, families and the society to undervalue women and harm them. Such an understanding can help determine whether a policy may succeed, or create perverse incentives.
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Reversing premature de-industrialisation in India
Amrit Amirapu , Arvind Subramanian
Posted on: 26 May 2014

In countries across the world, de-industrialisation is taking place earlier in the development process. This column analyses how India fares in this regard. It finds that for most Indian states, the share of manufacturing in GDP peaked in the 90s, at levels far lower than comparable Asian countries, and began declining thereafter. Reversing this process is not going to be easy.
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Going beyond the Gujarat versus rest of India debate on growth rates
Ranjan Ray
Posted on: 07 May 2014
Tags:   Gujarat


This column attempts to widen the ongoing growth rates-based debate on ‘Gujarat vs. rest of India’ by ranking Indian states on prices, cost of living, household expenditures and inequality, which measure how well states have truly fared in the past two decades. It highlights the spatial differences in terms of these indicators, and finds that prices vary across states at any given point in time. Inequalities have risen significantly in recent years, though there are sharp differences across states. It also shows that Gujarat has always ranked highly in terms of living standards.
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The perplexing case of Gujarat
Arka Roy Chaudhuri , Ashok Kotwal
Posted on: 07 Apr 2014
Topics:   Economic Growth
Tags:   Gujarat


The common perception is that Gujarat has performed a lot better than the rest of India in terms of development, particularly in the past decade. This column demonstrates that while Gujarat has been among the top performing states in terms of output growth, the fast growth has not translated into meaningful development in the state.
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Economic growth versus social development: The spatial dimension
Ranjan Ray
Posted on: 31 Jul 2013

In the context of the economic growth versus social development debate sparked off by Bhagwati and Sen, this column argues for a more nuanced approach to assessing progress. Combining nationally representative data on expenditure and social indicators for the different states in India, it explores the spatial dimension of the country’s economic development.
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