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Union Budget 2020 and India’s economic future

In this post, Nirvikar Singh discusses what we can learn from the recently presented Union Budget about the possible direction of India’s economy. He contends that, though the Budget is positive in ...

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Fiscal policy and economic activity in South Asia

The Indian economy is currently experiencing a sharp slowdown, and the government has reacted with corporate tax cuts and a large infrastructure initiative. Using annual data from 1987-2017 for six So...

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Does the current economic slowdown warrant a fiscal boost?

The Indian economy is going through an economic slowdown. Several economists have made a case for an expansionary fiscal policy to deal with the slowdown. In this post, Gurbachan Singh argues that it ...

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Land acquisition: Is there a way out?

India is hungry for space to grow into a developed economy. Yet this hunger is increasingly raiding farmland and threatening traditional livelihoods. For some, this is a necessary evil, for others it...

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Management practices in retail, education and healthcare sectors in India

This project presents an in-depth descriptive look at the state of management practices in India. Using a unique dataset measuring the quality of management practices across countries and sectors, it ...

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Macroeconomic Takeoff and Distributional Churning in India

The past 25 years have witnessed a remarkable economic catch-up by the historically discriminated against scheduled castes and tribes (SC/STs) in India towards non-SC/ST levels in terms of their educa...

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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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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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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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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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