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How open is India's capital account?

Although India began opening up its capital account in the mid-1990s, the approach towards financial liberalisation has been cautious. Tracing changes in the de-facto openness of the country’s capi...

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India’s service-led economic growth

Structural transformation that involves a shift from agriculture straight to services, is a cause of concern to many scholars as an expanding service sector might be a pale substitute to technical pro...

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Business sentiments and labour markets

The Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns have had a significant adverse impact on jobs and livelihoods. Using 2006-2021 data from a survey on business sentiments, this article examines fluctuati...

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Covid-19: Macroeconomic implications for India

Due to the measures adopted to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), especially social distancing and lockdown, non-essential expenditures are being postponed. This is causing...

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Rural infrastructure development and economic activity

Estimating the effects of physical infrastructure investments on economic growth has remained challenging, especially in rural settings. This article studies the effects of a rural infrastructure gran...

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Infrastructure development: Current bottlenecks and way forward

Infrastructure development remains a key constraint in India’s economic development. Given the budgetary constraints of the government, private financing for infrastructure provisioning through publ...

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The electoral consequences of India’s demonetisation

It is widely believed that there may have been little or no electoral consequences of India’s demonetisation in 2016. This article analyses voter behaviour following demonetisation. It finds that pl...

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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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Union Budget 2020: Preference for infra spending, divestment, and directing resources to middle class

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget for 2020-21 on 1st February – at a time when economy is facing an economic slowdown. In this post, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha contends that ...

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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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Taxation and supplier networks: Evidence from India

Do tax systems distort firm-to-firm trade? This article considers the effect of tax policy on supplier networks in the state of West Bengal in India. It finds that on average, firms buy 12% more from ...

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How India’s growth bubble fizzled out

India’s GDP growth has slowed sharply from 8% per annum last year to 5% in the second quarter this year. In this post, Ashoka Mody contends that the ongoing slowdown is not a short-term disruption; ...

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The need for a total overhaul of the GST regime

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council met in Goa in September 2019 to find a way to boost the weakening Indian economy. The Council recommended reductions in GST rates for certain categories of goo...

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Should low-income countries open up to foreign capital? The India experiment

In 2001 and 2006, India introduced the automatic approval of foreign direct investments of up to 51% of domestic firms’ equity to industries in which foreign investment was initially restricted. Thi...

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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 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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