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  • Inaugural workshop | Investing in Investor Education in India: Priorities for Action

    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. On December 16, NCAER’s newly...   Read More


    Data-driven Research & Evidence for Land Policy in India NCAER organised its first India Land Forum 2020 (ILF 2020) during November 24-27, 2020.  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...   Read More

  • Who owns my property? Prindex: Measuring property rights globally, what can India learn

    As The Economist magazine of September 12, 2020 noted, the Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto made the startling observation 20 years ago that people in poor countries are not as poor as they seem. They have assets—lots of them—but they cannot prove that they own them, so they cannot use them as collateral. A legal document is...   Read More

  • Improving Learning in India’s Private Schools: How to Do It?

    Nearly half of India’s school-going children, some 120 million, attend private schools. Private schooling dominates how urban India learns, and it is making steady inroads into rural India. Contrary to popular belief, private schools don’t just cater to the elite. A tsunami of demand from low- and middle-income families across the country has resulted in...   Read More

  • NCAER’s Quarterly Review of the Economy, Q2:2020-21

    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...   Read More

  • The India Policy Forum 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...   Read More

  • JUNE UPDATE: Quarterly Review of the Economy, 2020-21:Q1 in Coronavirus times

    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...   Read More

  • How has COVID-19 impacted households in Odisha & Uttar Pradesh?

    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. In...   Read More

  • Recover & Shield: An Indian Roadmap for Managing the Coronavirus Pandemic?

    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...   Read More