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Smart data: Can visualised administrative data help inform and hold public stakeholders accountable?

The project examined how interactive data visualisations can be used to present administrative data in a way that is easily digestible, lends itself to exploration and provides a clear link to require...

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What is causing Delhi's air pollution?

Several policies aimed at reducing Delhi’s air pollution have been implemented this winter, but what remains unclear is where the pollution comes from. This column takes stock of what we know about ...

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The political economy of data

Recent experiences, especially from Scandinavian countries, show that opening administrative data sources can substantially improve public policymaking. In this article, Pande and Blum contend that w...

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Should the less educated be barred from village council elections?

In December 2014, the state government of Rajasthan issued an executive order barring citizens with less than eight years of formal education from running for village council chief elections in all b...

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Keeping women safe

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 t...

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The youngest are hungriest

Babies born in India are more likely to be stunted than those in sub-Saharan Africa, even though the former are better off on average. This column examines how the India-Africa height gap varies by b...

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The Enigma of Malnutrition in India

This project uses data from 2004 to 2014 for 26 countries to make comparisons between South Asia and Africa, examining how the regional gap in child malnutrition varies with demographic and other char...

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Emissions Trading as an Environmental Innovation in India: Measuring the Policy Impact on Emissions and Abatement Costs

Growth in developing countries has improved living standards of millions, but has led to high pollution concentrations and serious public health damages. Market-based environmental regulation can redu...

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Enhancing Local Public Service Delivery: Experimental Evidence on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Bihar

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGA) is among the largest social protection programmes in the world.

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Third-party environmental auditing

High levels of industrial pollution are a harmful by-product of growth. The Indian state of Gujarat is an industrial powerhouse with about 5% of the Indian population, but 9% of India’s registered m...

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Public goods, location choice and the voting decisions of the urban poor

India is currently under-urbanised relative to its income level, leading to widespread expectations of large-scale rural-to-urban migration in coming years.

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Long Run-Effects of Repayment Flexibility in Microfinance: Evidence from India

Financiers across the world structure debt contracts to limit the risk of entrepreneurial lending. But debt structures that reduce risk may inhibit enterprise growth, especially among the poor.

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