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Has China really outperformed India?

It is widely agreed that China has grown much faster than India, and that India has finally taken over in recent years. In this piece, Martin Rama benchmarks the growth performances of the two countri...

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Why external sovereign debt should be avoided

The Finance Minister of India, in her 2019 Budget speech, announced the government’s intent to finance a part of the fiscal deficit by issuing sovereign bonds in the international financial markets....

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Nobel laureate Paul Romer’s contribution to endogenous growth theory

What motivates people like Steve Jobs to spend time, money, and effort in developing new ideas despite the implicit hazard that ideas can easily be copied later? In this post, Mausumi Das contends tha...

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Status-based taxation: A proposal to increase tax revenue collection

This project explores whether concerns for social status can be exploited as a 'carrot' to encourage tax compliance and increase tax revenue collection in developing countries. The central idea is to ...

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What do Indian CEOs do? Time Use of Indian Top Executives: Determinants and Implications for Growth

This project presents evidence on the labour supply of CEOs, and on whether family and professional CEOs differ on this dimension. It does so through a new survey instrument that allows it to codify C...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does Foreign Institutional Investment in India Increase Financial Vulnerability? An Empirical Investigation Using an Event Study Approach

Emerging market policymakers are concerned about the effects of foreign portfolio flows on financial stability. Do tail events in the home country trigger off extreme responses by foreign investors an...

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Setting Tax Targets: An Experiment for Government of Bihar

The project was conducted on the request of Principal Secretary, Department of Commercial Taxes, Bihar. The main aim of the project was to understand what needs to be done to set district-wise commerc...

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The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Overhang

Developing economies have heterogeneous experiences with growth and openness. This project starts by documenting a core empirical fact: The countries that grow relatively fast do so while reducing sov...

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Bihar Growth in the Context of Modern Growth Theory

India’s second most populous state, Bihar, also remains one of its poorest. This project conducts a longer-term investigation into Bihar’s relatively poor productivity. It surveys the important co...

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Sugar mills: Ownership, productivity and crop choice

This project examines the effect of firm ownership structure on firm behaviour and the economic outcomes of upstream suppliers by comparing privately-owned sugar mills to cooperatives and public mills...

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Making good management stick: Evidence from India

A long-standing question in social science is to what extent differences in management cause differences in firm performance. To investigate this, researchers ran a management field experiment on larg...

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Developing and Analyzing Firm Level Moments on Productivity and Reallocation

Productivity growth is the main driver of long-run increases in per capita income and welfare. This project investigates the effect of idiosyncratic (firm-level) policy distortions on aggregate outcom...

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