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Growth in India: Narratives and evidence

There are various narratives on the trajectory of India’s economic growth, and its key determining factors. This article analyses the recently released GDP data series at 2011-12 prices, extending b...

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Of twists and turns: Monetary policy and ‘term premium’

As India’s economic growth slowed down in recent years, the reliance on monetary policy to stimulate growth increased significantly – especially during the pandemic. Analysing data from 2018-2020,...

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A world of no lockdowns: The case of South Korea and Sweden

While most of the world was under lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, two countries, Sweden and South Korea, decided to keep their economies open. In this post, Bhatia et al. use a metric o...

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Discom losses: Should power tariffs be hiked?

India has accomplished its cherished dream of emerging as a power-surplus economy but the capability is yet to be complemented by efficient performance of power distribution companies, the majority of...

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Global financial crisis and India: A look at the decade gone by

The crisis that emerged in the US subprime mortgage market this month 10 years ago, not only engulfed the country’s financial system but the entire global economy. In this post, Vikas Dimble and Nal...

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Community networks and the growth of private enterprise in China

China has witnessed the same degree of industrialisation in three decades as Europe did in two centuries – without the preconditions that are generally believed to be necessary for economic developm...

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The challenge of identifying economic activities of firms

The reliability of India’s GDP estimates has been debated extensively. A key challenge in the construction of macro-aggregates lies in the proper identification of firms’ economic activities as fi...

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Digital India Land Records Modernisation Programme: Assessing impact in Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra

Government of India launched the National Land Records Modernisation Programme in 2008, with the aim of establishing a system of titles to ensure conclusive proof of land ownership. The programme was ...

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The effect of place-based development policies: Evidence from Indian SEZs

Since the introduction of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ), Act in 2005, India has invested roughly 0.5% of its GDP annually into this programme. Using nighttime lights data and firm- and worker-level...

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GST Explainer: Introduction

Seventeen years after its framework was formed, India’s biggest tax reform – the goods and services tax – was rolled out on 1 July 2017. Some consider the ‘one nation, one tax’ system to be ...

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GST: A ‘good and simple’ tax?

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect in India on 1 July 2017. Even as it is too early to judge the performance of GST relative to the system of indirect taxation it has replaced, Gaurav D...

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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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King Cash is back: Has informality increased?

Demonetisation and the introduction of goods and services tax were expected to accelerate the shift to formality in the economy. In this article, Renu Kohli contends that while currency in circulation...

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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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Jobless growth? From speculation to statistical analysis

This column investigates the relationship between economic growth and net job creation in India and South Asia. If economic growth was truly jobless, as is often claimed, labour productivity would be...

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Land in India: Market price vs. fundamental value

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015, is focused on protecting the few home buyers who can afford to buy homes but does not address the issue of high land prices, which is a very se...

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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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Global financial crisis and India: A look at the decade gone by

The crisis that emerged in the US subprime mortgage market this month 10 years ago, not only engulfed the country’s financial system but the entire global economy. In this post, Vikas Dimble and Nal...

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