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Belief Formation of the Returns to Schooling and How to De-Bias Incorrect Beliefs

This project investigates how poor households in rural and urban Rajasthan form beliefs about the value of additional years of schooling.

  • IGC Research on India

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.

  • IGC Research on India

Designing microfinance for agricultural growth

Credit and information constraints are particularly acute for farmers in developing countries, and can have a strong impact on their productivity.

  • IGC Research on India

Understanding fiscal capacity in developing economies: Firms as third-party tax enforcers

The difference in tax revenues (as a percentage of GDP) between developed and developing countries has always been consistently large. An IMF report estimates it to be 10-15 percentage points.

  • IGC Research on India

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 man...

  • IGC Research on India

Linkages among Capital Flows, Trade, and Growth in Developing Economies

International economic integration puts a country’s fortunes partly into the hands of others. When integration takes the form of financial interdependence, the potential domestic impact of external ev...

  • IGC Research on India

Land Acquisition for Business and Compensation of Displaced Farmers

This project addresses the question of how farmers displaced by acquisition of agricultural land for the purpose of industrialisation ought to be compensated. Prior to acquisition, the farmers are lea...

  • IGC Research on India

Case study on successful land acquisitions in Bihar

This project addresses the question of compensation policies for rural communities that lose their traditional lands and livelihoods to make way for business (e.g., industry, commercial agriculture, u...

  • IGC Research on India

Multinationals and growth in developing countries

Recent work has highlighted the incredible dispersion of productivity in developing countries and how this contributes to their lower aggregate productivity levels.

  • IGC Research on India

Evaluating the Performance of the Kisan Credit Card Scheme in Bihar

The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme was introduced in India in 1998-99 has since become a flagship programme providing access to short-term credit in the agricultural sector. According to the Governmen...

  • IGC Research on India

The Agricultural Productivity Gap in Developing Countries

According to national accounts data for developing countries, value added per worker is on average four times higher in the non-agriculture sector than in agriculture.

  • IGC Research on India

Trade and the financial crisis: a focus on developing countries

Motivated by the 2008-2009 financial crisis and the trade collapse, this project analyses the effect of past banking crises (1976-2002) on trade with a focus on African exporters.

  • IGC Research on India