NCAER Gig Economy Initiative
The programme seeks to research and highlight the socio-economic impact of platform work and platform companies in India. The study will progress on two tracks: • Track I, spanning over 6-months, will focus on platform agents in the food delivery sector. We will survey delivery partners to analyse their options, preferences and choices that are enabled by the platform’s flexible work model and the current regulatory environment. We will also conduct a qualitative sectoral case-study of food delivery sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic • Track II will be a longer program that will attempt to answer two questions – (1) What is the impact on MSMEs as they increase their reliance on platform economies? (2) What are the direct and indirect jobs created by platform work in the economy?

Impact of Taxation on Auto Sales
The objective of the study is to estimate the impact of tax rates on automobile sales and tax revenue. This study will include the following: (i) estimation of price and tax elasticity of demand for auto industry including passenger vehicles, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles; (ii) study of taxation regimes for the auto industry in India and; (iii) benchmarking India’s tax regime against comparable countries.

White Paper on Farm Mechanisation in India
NCAER will prepare a white paper that will focus on recommendations for creating an industrial and trade Policy to make India a powerhouse in the farm machinery sector. The overall objective of this paper is to recommend policymakers, key strategic actions to be taken to foster the growth of the Farm Machinery Industry (other than tractors) based on evidence that would enable India to become a global leader in this sub-sector.

Contribution to Overall Employment by the Auto industry: Jobs and Skills
The present proposal is intended to study the contribution of the automobile sector to the overall quantity and quality of Indian employment in the auto industry. This study is being sponsored by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. The specific objectives of the project are to estimate contribution of both direct employment in the manufacturing sector and indirect in the supporting sectors. The impact of the auto industry on jobs would be disaggregated across four segments – passenger vehicles, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles. Last but not the least we will analyse the distribution of workers across various levels of academic, technical and vocational skills, across hierarchical levels and across qualities of jobs in the form of written job contracts. Rapid automation in this sector has further affected it and will have an impact on demand for type of skills.

Cement Industry in India: Current Scenario and an Overview of Competitive Landscape
The study is focused on ascertaining profitability in the industry, which in turn would examine the prospects of new investments and growth of the sector over the medium to long term. Major objectives of the study are (i)examine the degree of competitiveness of the cement sector in India, using appropriate measures of industrial concentration over time and across other major industries that are crucial for housing and infrastructure development and (ii) measure the profitability of the cement sector in terms of return on investment or profits to assets ratios, again over time and for comparison across selected industries.

Economic Impact Assessment Study for proposed project of 60 MMTPA Refinery cum Petrochemical Complex in the state of Maharashtra, India.
This NCAER study aims at providing an economic assessment of the proposed investment in refinery infrastructure, in terms of the multiplier effect on output, income, labour inputs, and tax contribution. The economic impact analysis tracks: (i) the revenues generated by a business or economic activity and their disbursal as they flow through the economy at both the local and broader levels; and (ii) jobs created, as well as any spending that supports local enterprises and generates new tax revenues at different levels of government.

Preparing Model EPC Contract for the Dedicated Freight Corridor
To moderate and balance the complexities of the Planning Commission document on the Engineering and Procurement Contract (EPC). There is a lack of coordination with respect to the areas linked to (1) civil works, (2) electrical/mechanical portion and (3) signalling. The basic purpose of this document is to combine all these areas into a unified model to expedite the work for the dedicated freight corridors in India

Cost of Customised Weather and Marine Services: A study for Ministry of Earth Sciences, GoI
The Ministry of Earth Science has been providing weather / climate related forecasts on land and oceans through its constituent units namely the National Centre for Ocean Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF) and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). This study aims to estimate the cost incurred in producing user-wise customized forecasts of NCMRWF and INCOIS by carefully analysing the economic values/costs and financial costs of the output. The study will also estimate the direct and indirect value of weather services.

Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts for all States of India
The aim of the study is to prepare a set of 10 comprehensive tourism-specific tables/accounts, based on international guidelines. These tables will help in estimating the contribution of tourism to the 35 states and UTs of the Indian economy in terms of GDP and the employment it generates. The indirect contribution, using the input-output model,will also be taken into account.

Acquisition of Technological Capabilities through the Clean Development Mechanism: Some Quantitative Explorations
This paper investigates the impact of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) on technological capabilities of implementing firms in India using longitudinal data of 500 CDM and non CDM firms for the period 2001–2012. Technological capacity is a multi-dimensional concept. The present study measures it by three indicators, namely, R&D intensity, profitability, and total factor productivity. The analysis uses difference-in-difference techniques based on longitudinal data. The existing literature on CDM has a limited number of empirical studies that address technological capability building issues deeply. This study is the first of its kind that has mapped the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) data on CDM with the PROWESS database on Indian companies and applied quasi experimental techniques to analyse the impact of CDM on building technological capabilities of the hosting firms. The first draft of the report was presented at the SANDEE research workshop held in Kathmandu in December 2012.

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