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  • October 2013

     Forecast: Re-assessing the Macroeconomic Scene for 2013–14   The economic fundamentals of the Indian economy continue to remain weak despite several policy initiatives taken by the government during the past few months. Business Expectations: Lower Business Confidence in September 2013 The 86th round of the Business Expectations Survey carried out in the second quarter of...   Read More

  • October 2013

    Bountiful rain has had a positive impact on agricultural growth but it will not be enough to pull up the rest of the economy which is suffering from a lack of confidence, high inflation, dismal domestic scenario and uncertain external scenario. Predictably growth rates have been revised onwards.  

  • September 2013

    Macro: A Tale of Two Districts The intent in this article is to highlight regional imbalances within India using district-level data. Tourism: Tourism Profile of Madhya Pradesh A major economic activity, highly employment-oriented and a huge source of foreign exchange, tourism world-wide today has a 10 per cent share in world GDP which is more...   Read More

  • August 2013

    Prices: Asset InflationS The role of asset price inflation has gained prominence after the financial crisis of 2008 due to the role of sub-prime housing loans in the United States. Agriculture: Small is Beautiful The relationship between land size and yield per unit of area cultivated has been intensely debated since the 1960s. Health: Old and Lonely: Healthcare The...   Read More

  • July 2013

    Business Expectations: Business Sentiments Regained in First Quarter of FY13–14 The 85th Round of the Business Expectations Survey carried out in June 2013 shows recovery in the NCAER Business Confidence Index. Information, Communication and Technology (ICT): ICT Literacy Over the past decade, the world has become increasingly ‘hyper-connected’ with Information Communication Technology becoming omnipresent and intrinsic...   Read More

  • July 2013

    After falling to a decadal low of five per cent GDP growth in 2012–13, the outlook for 2013–14 can at best be described as cautiously hopeful that a slow recovery is in the works. The first quarter has not brought much cheer, other than on the inflation (WPI) front. While the risk in terms of...   Read More

  • June 2013

    Household Behaviour:Savings Indian households have always accounted for the major share of gross domestic savings. But, they seem to have lost the savings habit now. Poverty: States’ Barometer of Misery level Worldwide, when the economy takes a tumble, economic predictors turn to the numbers, comparing the downturn to past recessions. Infrastructure: Decay of Railways This article compares the...   Read More

  • May 2013

    Macroeconomy: Where are the Jobs? Continued economic slowdown has a very real impact, i.e., on jobs. Gender: Gender Inequality and Women Political Participation in India Gender inequality is one of the most deep-rooted forms of inequality in a traditional society such as India. External: Gold: Safe Haven In times of crisis, people turn to the safest saving that one...   Read More

  • April 2013

    There is a glimmer of hope after the economy came to a "standstill" in the third quarter of 2012-13, growing at 4.5 per cent. Things may have just turned for the better with agriculture performing better than expected. There is recovery of merchandise exports in the fourth quarter of 2012-13.

  • April 2013

    Business Expectations: FY 2012-13 Ends with Lower Busines Sentiments Forecast: Re-assessing the Macroeconomic Scene for 2013-14 Infrastructure: India's Aviation Sector during FY 2012-13: A Closer View