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Demand-side components of India’s GDP growth

As per the recently released first advance estimates of the Central Statistics Office, the real GDP growth for India is estimated at 6.5% in 2017-18, the slowest in the last four years. In this articl...

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Monkeying with the rupee

In this article, Debraj Ray discusses the sharp depreciation of the rupee and the ongoing outflow of foreign capital from India. Further, he refutes claims that the costs associated with the Food Sec...

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Labour market effects of workfare programmes: Evidence from MNREGA

India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA), the world’s largest workfare programme, provided employment to 51 million households in 2016. Assessing the impact of MNREGA on...

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Self-employment: Elephant in the room

While nearly half of the labour force in India is self-employed, persistent low standards of living on a large scale imply that not many of these are ‘entrepreneurs’. Much of the self-employment ...

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‘Nowcasting’ the Indian economy: A new approach to know the now-GDP

Bhadury and Pohit describe NCAER’s new ‘nowcasting’ model, which seeks to predict India’s GDP numbers at frequent intervals − typically on a monthly or quarterly basis − by exploiting the ...

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Does mandatory CSR expenditure affect firm value? Evidence from Indian firms

Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 mandates all Indian firms above certain size or profit threshold to spend at least 2% of net profit earned in preceding three years on Corporate Social Responsib...

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The challenge of job creation

The process of economic transformation that entails labour transitioning from low- to high-productivity activities, been much slower in India than in other Asian countries like China. Why is this so ...

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Waiting for jobs

Assessing the extent of job creation in India is constrained by lack of comprehensive, real-time employment data. This column presents statistics from a detailed analysis of multiple data sources and ...

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Is small beautiful? A critical evaluation of MSME policy and performance in India

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have significance in a labour-abundant country like India, and various policies are in place to promote the sector. Analysing MSME data from various sources...

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Structural transformation and spillovers from ‘Industrial Areas’

A defining feature of economic development is the reallocation of labour from subsistence agriculture to manufacturing. To shed light on this process, this column analyses Karnataka’s Industrial Are...

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Land records and titles in India

Land ownership is broadly determined by access to a land title, which protects the rights of the title-holder, and impacts livelihoods, and industrial, economic, and social growth. However, land title...

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Forecasting growth in times of transition

As per official data released on 31 August 2017, the Indian economy grew at 5.6% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year – in congruence with forecasts of National Council of Applied Economi...

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Why are geniuses destroying jobs in Uganda?

In this article, Lant Pritchett discusses how technological progress is being driven in rich countries by distorted prices and availability of labour and is then inefficiently and uneconomically destr...

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Production responses and tax evasion with limited State capacity: Evidence from major reform in India

Although VAT eliminates the double taxation of inputs of the retail sales system, which enhances growth, it may increase the number of firms in the informal sector. This makes it very important, from ...

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Production Responses and Tax Evasion with Limited State Capacity - Evidence from Major Reform in India

This project explores: what is the effect of switching from a retail sales tax to a VAT in a country with limited tax capacity and a large informal economy? The project explores this question through...

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Land in India: Market price vs. fundamental value

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