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The 18th India Policy Forum 2021 July 12-15, 2021
Policy Roundtable with four Finance Secretaries
The 8th NCAER C. D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture 2020, February 13, 2020
India in a Changing World by David Lipton
Seminar on NCAER’s seminal study on the 3rd Tourism Satellite Accounts
for India and Indian States and UTs. NCAER pioneered India's first TSA for the Ministry of Tourism in 2006, September 6, 2019
The Unveiling Ceremony of NCAER’s new building, August, 27, 2019
NCAER T1 Building named as 'The John Matthai Tower
The 16th India Policy Forum 2019 July 8-10, 2019
IPF Lecture on Modern Macroeconomic Policy by Stanley Fisher
The 7th C. D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture 2019, January 15, 2019
Challenges for India from the Global Economic Upheavals by Martin Wolf
Skilling India: No Time to Lose October 30 2018
Release of the NCAER Report

Past Events

The India Policy Forum 2021
July 12, 2021
NCAER, India’s premier independent economic think tank, is hosting its marquee annual event, the India Policy Forum (IPF), from Monday, July 12, through Thursday, July 15, 2021. As in 2020, the IPF 2021 Conference will also be held virtually. The IPF, now in its 18th year, promotes rigorous empirical research on Indian economic policy through commissioned papers presented at the conference. These papers are discussed by leading researchers and top Indian policymakers, and then edited and published in the annual India Policy Forum volume.

        
Quarterly Review of the Economy, 2021-22:Q1
June 25, 2021
The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic—significantly more virulent than the first wave—has completely disrupted the economic recovery process after the first wave. India's growth prospects in 2021-22 will depend on a host of factors which will determine how quickly India recovers from the impact of the second wave of the pandemic.

  
Combining Data from Multiple Sources: Potential and Challenges of Data Linkages
June 24, 2021
The second webinar in the NCAER Seminar series on Data Collection Methodology organised by the NCAER National Data Innovation Centre was held virtually on June 24, 2021. The webinar is part of a series of thought-provoking discussions on research methodologies in which distinguished speakers in the field will share their views and one or more discussants will reflect on them from an Indian perspective. This talk was delivered by Frauke Kreuter, Professor of Statistics and Data Science for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (Germany) and Professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. K.S. James from the International Institute for Population Sciences and Soumya Bhaduri from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) were the discussants.


Investor Education and Protection in India's Banking Sector
June 21, 2021
In continuation of this series of workshops on investor education in the financial sector, the fourth and fifth workshops were held on two consecutive days. Organised by NCAER’s newly established Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Chair Unit , the workshop series was inaugurated on December 16, 2020 with a keynote address by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, followed by three workshops on the securities, insurance, and pension fund markets. The National Strategy for Financial Education (NSFE) 2020-25 which recognizes the unique challenges of creating a financially aware and empowered India, and the need for convergence of efforts by multiple stakeholders that regulate and manage India’s financial resources forms the basis of this initiative.

     
Skilling in Schools
June 15, 2021
The New Education Policy 2020 has ushered in innovative approaches to learning by adding job-oriented and job-linked inputs in the school curriculum by the Central Board of Secondary Education. To take stock of the current status of teaching and learning of skills in CBSE schools, the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and CBSE have entered into a collaboration to evaluate the goals, objectives, and delivery mechanisms of how CBSE schools currently teach vocational skills.


Community Masking to Help Halt India’s Second COVID-19 Surge
April 26, 2021
In mid-February this year, India was registering some 12,000 cases of covid-19 a day, fewer than many advanced countries in Europe. On April 23, India clocked some 333,000 new, positive cases, far higher than any other country at any time during this pandemic. The Economist notes that epidemiologists estimate the numbers could be 10 to 30 times higher, since testing is limited outside India’s cities. What happens in India will also matter for the world. Besides inexpensive vaccines, India may end up exporting dangerous, new SARS-CoV-2 strains.

  
Does the Indian consumer buy better with full disclosure on financial products?
March 23, 2021
In recent times, financial markets have seen an increase in consumers seeking better returns through innovative investments to secure their wealth and savings. This has led to diversification of investments from old and trusted avenues to newer areas of investment.

  
Data Talks: The NCAER Data Innovation Centre Methodology Seminars
March 18, 2021
The first in a new NCAER seminar series on Data Collection Methodology was organised by the NCAER National Data Innovation Centre on March 18, 2021. This first seminar, presented by Stanley Presser, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, is part of a series of provocative discussions on data collection methodologies in which distinguished speakers in the field share their views and one or more discussants reflect on them from an Indian perspective. Data Journalist Rukmini S. was be the discussant for this seminar. This first seminar was held virtually.


Release of the second NCAER Land Record & Services Index N-LRSI 2021
March 4, 2021
NCAER released its second NCAER Land Record and Services Index (N-LRSI) 2021, revealing that almost all States/Union Territories have shown an improvement in their efforts to digitize land records compared to the previous year. Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the top performer for the second year in a row, followed by West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. While Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have maintained their positions, West Bengal has moved up four ranks, from rank six to two. Odisha and Maharashtra, which ranked second and third in N-LRSI 2020, has fallen by one rank each to take up rank three and four in this year’s index.

     
Third Workshop | Investing in Investor Education in India: Priorities for Action
February 17, 2021
NCAER’s newly established Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Chair Unit’s hosted the third of the series of five workshops on Investor Education and Protection. This workshop, focusing on the National Pension System was held virtually.

  
The 15th 5-Institute Budget Seminar: The COVID-19 Budget: Unpacking the Union Budget 2021-22
February 8, 2021
The Union Budget 2021-22 was presented in Parliament on February 1, 2021 by the Minister of Finance, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman. All eyes have been on this COVID-19 Budget as the race between the virus and the vaccine quickens against the backdrop of the worst economic downturn in independent India’s history and the worst the global economy has seen in a century.

  
The 9th NCAER C. D. Deshmukh Lecture 2021
January 28, 2021
On Thursday, January 28, 2021, NCAER hosted Dr Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s Chief Economist, as she delivered the C. D. Deshmukh Memorial Lecture at NCAER talking about the global economic outlook for 2021 in a world shaken by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and now slowly recovering.

     
The Coronavirus Budget, 2021-2022: Vaccinating the Indian Economy
January 27, 2021
On Wednesday, January 27th, NCAER hosted a lively pre-Budget discussion featuring Sajjid Chinoy, JP Morgan’s Chief India Economist, Usha Thorat, former RBI Deputy Governor, Sonal Varma, Managing Director and Chief Economist for India at Nomura, and Sudipto Mundle, NCAER Distinguished Fellow. The discussion was moderated by NCAER Director General, Shekhar Shah. Over 120 participants attended this webinar.


How has COVID-19 impacted households in Odisha & Uttar Pradesh?
January 22, 2021
For this webinar, NCAER hosted NCAER Fellow Prabir Kumar Ghosh and NCAER’s collaborators at the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, Barbara McPake, Ajay Mahal and Sumit Kane. The discussion was moderated by NCAER Director General, Shekhar Shah. In this webinar NCAER released findings from Part 2 its longitudinal household telephone survey on the pandemic’s impact on households in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.

  
Round 4: Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey
January 20, 2021
NCAER hosted Sonalde Desai and Santanu Pramanik from its National Data Innovation Centre to share the results of Round 4 of its Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS-4) launched on December 23, 2020 and completed on January 4, 2021. NCAER Director General Shekhar Shah moderated the discussion.

     
Second Workshop | Investing in Investor Education in India: Priorities for Action
January 20, 2021
NCAER’s newly established Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Chair Unit’s hosted second of the series of five workshops on Investor Education and Protection with financial regulators. This session, focusing on insurance sector, was held virtually and was attend by over 40 participants.

  
Looking beyond the Pandemic: Winning Quality Healthcare for every Indian
January 7, 2021
As the world changes calendars after a grim, tumultuous year, Indians have been greeted with the welcome news of two domestically produced COVID-19 vaccines nearing emergency approval. If ever humankind needed reminding that healthcare is central to all economic and social wellbeing, 2020 certainly achieved that. Countries that had robust healthcare systems, and these were not necessarily the world’s richest countries, fared much better than others.

  
The Challenge of Vaccinating a Billion Indians: How to meet it?
December 29, 2020
The world is on the brink of winning the fastest vaccine race in history. As of this writing, two mRNA vaccines have been approved for emergency use in some countries and are being administered. An end to the Coronavirus pandemic appears to be in sight. But questions loom about large countries like India being able to buy, distribute and deliver the vaccine in an orderly and equitable way. And larger questions are emerging about the differential vaccine access between high-income countries and others, despite attempts by WHO and the Global Vaccine Alliance GAVI to build distribution protocols that are fair.

     
First workshop | Investing in Investor Education in India: Priorities for Action
December 28, 2020
NCAER’s newly established Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Chair Unit’s organized the first of its series of five workshops on Investor Education and Protection with financial regulators. This session, focusing on the securities markets, was held virtually and was attended by more than 60 participants.

     
The NCAER 2020–21 Mid-Year Review of the Indian Economy
December 21, 2020
NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, presented the 2020-21 Mid-Year Review of the Indian Economy on December 21, 2020, in cooperation with the India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi. The NCAER Mid-Year Review (MYR) carries on the tradition started by Dr Malcolm Adisheshiah at the IIC in 1976. The NCAER macro team led by NCAER Distinguished Fellow Sudipto Mundle presented its latest analysis of the economic situation and its growth forecasts to an audience of policymakers, analysts, and others. More than 270 participants registered for the webinar which was also live streamed.

  
Inaugural workshop | Investing in Investor Education in India: Priorities for Action
December 16, 2020
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Microscope Report on Financial Inclusion ranks India as one of the most conducive countries for financial inclusion. This was made achievable by India’s commitment under the 2014 Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana that expands financial services to every unbanked household, especially to the poor and the underprivileged.

     
INDIA LAND FORUM 2020
November 24, 2020
New Delhi (Tuesday, November 27, 2020): The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) organised the first India Land Forum 2020 (ILF 2020) during November 24-27. Subtitled “Data-driven Research & Evidence for Land Policy in India”, the four-day, virtual ILF 2020 featured original papers on India by land researchers and NCAER’s own research based on a unique, state-wise data set that NCAER has put together in compiling the N-Land Records and Services Index released in February, 2020.

     
Who owns my property? Prindex: Measuring property rights globally, what can India learn
October 12, 2020
NCAER hosted Malcolm Childress of the Global Land Alliance and Anna Locke of the Overseas Development Institute to share the findings of their just–released Prindex global assessment of perceived tenure security. To discuss the implications of the Prindex findings for India and the country’s own, long-standing quest for more secure property and land rights, they were joined by Jagdeesh Rao Puppala of the Foundation for Ecological Security, Pranab Ranjan Choudhury of the Center for Land Governance, and Shashanka Bhide of NCAER. Shekhar Shah, NCAER’s Director General, moderated the discussion.

  
Improving Learning in India's Private Schools: How to Do It?
October 6, 2020
NCAER and CSF hosted Ashish Dhawan, Founder and Chairman, CSF, to present the CSF Report’s main findings. Ashish Dhawan, a distinguished panel of Karthik Muralidharan, NCAER Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Tata Chancellor’s Professor, University of California, San Diego, and Farzana Afridi, Associate Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, joined the discussion about the pathways to private school reform in India. The session was moderated by NCAER Director General Shekhar Shah.

  
NCAER's Quarterly Review of the Economy, Q2:2020-21
September 25, 2020
As India’s Covid-19 case count crosses five-million and its daily new positive cases came close to a lakh on September 11, the virus is deepening its impact on the daily lives of people and on the economy. India’s cumulative caseload has now become the world’s second-largest. At the same time, many feel that there is no choice but to prioritise reopening the economy and accept the risk of surging infections.

     
How has COVID-19 impacted households in Odisha & Uttar Pradesh?
July 21, 2020
In the latest in its series of rapid telephone surveys to gauge the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, NCAER polled 2,068 households in four districts in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh (Districts Bargarh and Dhenkanal in Odisha and Chandauli and Firozabad in UP) during June 9-18, 2020, the second week of the so-called Unlock 1.

  
The India Policy Forum 2020
July 16, 2020
NCAER held the 17th India Policy Forum (IPF) virtually during July 13-16 2020, a first for the conference. The IPF is organized by NCAER under the guidance of NCAER Director General Dr Shekhar Shah, who is assisted by his IPF co-editors, Dr Barry Bosworth of the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., and Professor Karthik Muralidharan, Tata Chancellor's Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego. Arvind Subramanian, former Chief Economic Adviser for India, has called the IPF “the leading economic policy event in the summer season of Delhi.”

        
Round 3: NCAER'S Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey: From Lockdowns to Lifting Restrictions
July 4, 2020
NCAER hosted Sonalde Desai and Santanu Pramanik from its National Data Innovation Centre to share the results of Round 3 of its rapid response Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS-3) launched on June 15 and completed on June 23. NCAER Director General Shekhar Shah moderated the discussion. DCVTS-3 builds on DCVTS-1, fielded during April 3-6 (results released April 12), and DCVTS-2, fielded April 23-26 (results released May 1).

  
JUNE UPDATE: Quarterly Review of the Economy, 2020-21:Q1 in Coronavirus times
June 25, 2020
India is reopening its economy even as infections surge. The cost of remaining closed has proved to be just too great. From one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world imposed at short notice in March when India had registered some 500 positive cases, the country is rapidly easing restrictions when the peak still seems far and total infections to date have crossed well beyond the 400,000 mark and are growing.

  
Recover & Shield: An Indian Roadmap for Managing the Coronavirus Pandemic?
May 23, 2020
Social distancing has been adopted worldwide to combat the Coronavirus. Are the returns to social distancing the same in India as in other, higher-income countries? Is the dilemma of balancing lives and livelihoods for India the same as that for richer nations? Going forward, should India be chalking out a more distinctive, data-driven, urgent roadmap for recovery built on its social realities and on what we are learning about the virus?

  
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