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Opinion: Ajaya K Sahu and Bornali Bhandari. As India increasingly urbanises, it has become important to measure its economic parameters, not only at the aggregate level but also at the disaggregated level. The literature review suggests that there are differences across city tiers. However, we find that the current statistics simply do not capture the...   Read More


  • Women and mental health morbidities

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic women have exhibited higher levels of depression and anxiety than men across nations and social classes On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day on October 10 it’s time to put under the spotlight issues pertaining to gender and women’s mental welfare. With the theme this year...   Read More

  • Government may be third time lucky to say ‘Tata’ to Air India

    Opinion: Sudipto Banerjee Privatisation may not ensure redemption for the loss-making airline but it still is high time the government gets this done The much-delayed privatisation of Air India has suffered from several false take offs. Since the interim Budget of 1991-92 India has followed a policy of disinvestment with regards to Central Public Sector...   Read More

  • Lessons from the death of the ease of doing business index

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai  The economic consequences and political benefits associated with it encouraged many countries to try and “game” the system by making superficial improvements on indicators being measured and when that failed by putting explicit pressure on the World Bank research team. “The much-touted Ease of Doing Business Index (EoDB) is dead. The flagship...   Read More

  • Digital Land Records: How Can it Help The Common Man and Where Does India Stand?

    1st episode of Land of a Billion Season 2! by the Quint This podcast features Mr Deepak Sanan  NCAER and Vivek Kumar Singh the Additional Chief Secretary Revenue and Land Reforms in the Government of Bihar. Mr Sanan speaks extensively about NCAER’s work- Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI). The episode explores various questions and...   Read More

  • Why despite being impacted by tapering, India doesn’t need to overly worry about the Fed decision

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta India should maintain an appropriate level of reserves avoid excessive volatility of the exchange rate and prepare banks and firms to handle greater volatility. In recent months tapering seems to have become the buzzword again.'Tapering' refers to the phenomenon when the central banks of advanced countries particularly the US Federal Reserve Board...   Read More

  • North-East can be a window for service export

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari With better transport and communication facilities this region has the potential to grow trade with bordering nations. The ‘Look East’ policy of 1991 gave way to the ‘Act East’ policy” of 2015. The objective of the latter is to promote economic cooperation cultural ties and strategic relationship with countries in the Asia-Pacikc...   Read More

  • Human resources & regulatory autonomy

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Statutory regulatory authorities need autonomy in staffing their organisations with specialists who have integrity and knowledge Newspapers reported recently the call of the chairman of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) for a “standalone legislation”. NFRA is a relatively new regulator —largely invisible to the general public—constituted in October 2018 under...   Read More

  • Role of cooperatives in Indian economy

    Opinion: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay and Anupma Mehta  The NCAER recently undertook a study on cooperative agro-processing and identification of institutional financial lacunae in the cooperative movement The cooperative movement in India has regained focus after the Union Government recently created a Ministry of Cooperation to provide a separate administrative legal and policy framework for streamlining the...   Read More

  • What recent data says about how our economy is doing

    Opinion: Sudipto Mundle While some headline economic indicators suggest a recovery we must not overlook weaknesses in employment-intensive sectors and still-worrisome joblessness that point to persistent distress. The official estimates of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter (Q1) of 2021-22 together with other recent information enable us to form a fairly comprehensive...   Read More

  • Poonam Gupta, New Director General of NCAER, Speaks to PTI

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta My vision for the organisation is to make NCAER a leading think tank in the world where eminent researchers policymakers and entrepreneurs can gather to shape India’s development journey. 1. To begin with we would like to congratulate you for assuming the position of Director-General of an eminent institution like NCAER. What...   Read More

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