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A Central Bank Digital Currency for India?

We review arguments for CBDC issuance in India. These include facilitating payments, enhancing financial inclusion, enabling the central bank and government to retain control of the payments system, facilitating cross-border payments, reducing dependence on the dollar-dominated global payments...

Barry Eichengreen, Poonam Gupta, Tim Marple
May 2022
India Human Development Survey Forum, April 2022

The IHDS Forum is a monthly update of publications, op-eds and data news based on the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), which was jointly conducted by NCAER and the University of Maryland in two waves, in 2004-05 and 2011-12. Preparations are underway for launching the third wave soon.

Apr 2022
Slowdown of the Indian Economy during 2019-20: An Enigma or an Anomaly

In this paper, we analyze the deep and anomalous economic slowdown in 2019-20, when the Indian economy grew at a rate of 4 percent, the lowest in a decade. We argue that the slowdown was largely confined to one year, 2019-20. The growth rate in the prior years averaged at 7 percent a year, and in...

Poonam Gupta, Abhinav
Apr 2022
Coverage and Nonresponse Bias in Telephone Surveys during the COVID-19 Lockdown in India

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telephone surveys have been used extensively for carrying out studies on health knowledge, morbidity, and mortality surveillance. In order to understand the extent of different sources of non-observation errors in telephone surveys, we compare the distributions...

Santanu Pramanik, Neerad Deshmukh, Bijay Chouhan, Manjistha Banerji, Reem Ashraf, Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, Sonalde Desai
Mar 2022
Urban Exclusion: Rethinking Social Protection in the Wake of the Pandemic in India

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the consequent nationwide lockdown in India that began on March 25, 2020, caused a major disruption in the labour market, leading to the widespread loss of livelihoods and food insecurity. The findings from a telephonic survey of a representative sample of more than 3,000...

Pallavi Choudhuri, Santanu Pramanik, Sonalde Desai
Mar 2022
Measuring Women’s Empowerment in the Global South

Over the past two decades, we have seen an explosion in research on the topic of women’s empowerment and its related dimensions, and yet much remains to be done in terms of clarifying conceptual pathways and best practices in measurement. This review traces the intellectual and historic context in...

Sonalde Desai, Feinian Chen, Shilpa Reddy, Amy McLaughlin
Mar 2022
Newsletter: Feb - Mar 2022

Our newsletter keeps you informed about our work: studies, publications, Op-Eds, events, other research engagements and discussions on various topics. You will find the back issues of the NCAER Newsletter below:

Mar 2022
Monthly Review of the Economy - March 2022

In the Review, we summarise the economic and policy developments in India; monitor global developments of relevance to India; and showcase the pulse of the economy through an analysis of high-frequency indicators and the heat map.

Mar 2022
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