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Thinking about financial sector reforms in India

A key element of the economy that needs to function well in order to facilitate India’s strong and sustained recovery from the pandemic is the financial system. In this post, Sengupta and Vardhan d...

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‘Consumerisation’ of banking in India: Cyclical or structural?

Over the past decade, India’s banking sector has undergone a transformation in terms of the proportion of credit extended to consumers and industry – with consumer credit now accounting for a larg...

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A decade of credit collapse in India

The government and the Central Bank have undertaken various measures to protect the banking and finance sector from the adverse impact of the Covid-19 crisis. However, despite historically low interes...

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Can access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?

Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship. Using 2010-11 and 2015-16 National S...

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Consumption smoothing and household savings: Role of demographics and durables

Canonical predictions of life-cycle models indicate that households will smooth consumption over their lifetimes. Conversely, empirical data from high-income countries have shown that consumption cont...

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International financial architecture and emerging economies

Policy responses to Covid-19 have been a mix of fiscal and monetary policy – with the latter doing the heavy-lifting in both developed and developing countries. Against this backdrop, in this editio...

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International financial architecture and emerging economies

Policy responses to Covid-19 have been a mix of fiscal and monetary policy – with the latter doing the heavy-lifting in both developed and developing countries. Against this backdrop, in this editio...

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How do RBI’s actions (and words) affect financial markets?

Financial markets in developed countries are known to react substantially to monetary shocks, that is, surprise changes in policy rates announced by the central bank. Based on a narrative analysis of ...

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Budget 2022-23: Capital gains tax, and asset-price stability

Although there is a need to ensure asset-price stability, the 2022-23 Budget has left the capital gains tax on equity investment unchanged. In this post, Gurbachan Singh examines the idea of a tax as ...

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Mind the tone: Text analysis of Monetary Policy Committee statements

Government of India appoints three external members on the six-member Monetary Policy Committee, and the statements of all MPC members are released after every committee meeting. Based on data from 30...

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Evaluating the risks in opening up the banking sector

The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has accepted some of the key recommendations of the Internal Working Group (IWG) to Review Extant Ownership Guidelines and Corporate Structure for Indian Private Sector...

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Thinking about financial sector reforms in India

A key element of the economy that needs to function well in order to facilitate India’s strong and sustained recovery from the pandemic is the financial system. In this post, Sengupta and Vardhan d...

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Credit risk management policies of banks: A new approach

Despite increasing robustness of banks and multipurpose liquidity provided by the Reserve Bank of India, there is no perceptible improvement in credit growth. K. Srinivasa Rao proposes a new approach ...

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Impact of information disclosure on consumer behaviour: The case of high-risk bonds

In April 2021, Yes Bank was fined by India’s market regulator for inadequate information disclosure – high-risk bonds were mis-sold to high net-worth investors without accurately informing them ab...

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‘Consumerisation’ of banking in India: Cyclical or structural?

Over the past decade, India’s banking sector has undergone a transformation in terms of the proportion of credit extended to consumers and industry – with consumer credit now accounting for a larg...

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