NCAER in the News

Opinion: Sonalde Desai and Purushottam Kulkarni. India proved that development is the best contraceptive. Now, we need to focus on adapting to the demographic destiny through careful planning. We’ve made the right choices, the next step is fixing the pieces of the population puzzle. There is often a gap between public posturing and private reality....   Read More


  • The show must go on: India’s economic agenda remains unchanged

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. The Indian electorate has defied predictions of certainty, but the economic agenda for India remains unchanged. Despite impressive economic progress since 1991, India remains a low-middle-income economy. Policy priorities include urban expansion, modernization of agriculture, tackling unemployment, and addressing state-level disparities. Additionally, India must prepare for challenges such as aging populations and...   Read More

  • Invisible puppeteer: a call for debt management reform

    Opinion: Udaibir Das. Elevating to autonomous, system-wide financial stewardship is not just advisable but essential. In 2024, the world faces an unprecedented financial challenge. Global debt has soared to a staggering $310tn, catapulting the global debt-to-gross domestic product ratio to an alarming 340%. This colossal debt burden has proven to be a formidable obstacle, with...   Read More

  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses, a big problem

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhar. This is more so in rural areas. Insurance cover, public health are issues. The Covid-19 pandemic has redefined our health policies and strategies. It laid bare the inter-linkages between the healthcare systems, its availability, adequacy and affordability. At the core is the cost implication and impact on households over...   Read More

  • Women’s role key to demographic dividend

    Opinion: Nijara Deka and Palash Baruah. To maximise India’s youth-driven economic potential, it must boost women’s participation in labour force The often-quoted expression “demographic dividend” connotes the potential economic growth that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure. It implies the economic benefits resulting from a larger share of the working-age population. Changes...   Read More

  • India has a workplace creche problem. See how Karnataka, Assam, Odisha are taking action

    Opinion: Nijara Deka. Based on the NSSO's data, a man spent an average of 74 minutes a day on childcare whereas a female spent a disproportionate length of 134 minutes a day on the same. Furthermore, care given to other family members is so gender-defined that irrespective of any other paid activity, women spend a...   Read More

  • Children Break the Mould of Parental Education

    Opinion: Prabir Kumar Ghosh and Chanchal Negi. At the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, the vast majority of India’s population aged 5 and above, is literate through formal schooling. About 84 percent of men and 72 percent of women are literate, as per the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), 2021–22, Government...   Read More

  • Ensuring successful transition to renewable power

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit. Focus on grid balancing, optimal storage capacity and spatial distribution of power demand is needed. The success of India’s net zero pledge by 2070 rests heavily on India’s successful energy transition in the power sector, as it is responsible for more than 50 per cent of emission. So, India has gone all...   Read More

  • Data sharing policies can’t be one size fits all. Crucial to address privacy, ownership

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhar. The Indian data market remains in its infancy due to regulatory ambiguity, despite the global trend of enterprises monetising various types of data. The potency of data becoming a critical asset is now a reality. Familiar phrases such as “data is the new gold” or “data is the new...   Read More

  • Court’s nudge on hospital charges, a reform opportunity

    Opinion: Arun Tiwari, Sumit Kane and Ajay Mahal. Affordable hospital care requires health-care financing reforms that go beyond price regulations. Benchmark for pricing In an unregulated market-driven scenario, health-care providers focus on profit through higher prices and overprovision of care (supplier-induced demand). One potential solution, “yardstick competition”, involves regulatory authorities setting benchmark prices based on...   Read More

  • Basel Committee at 50: From crisis to confidence

    Opinion: Udaibir Das and Wayne Byres.  The crucial role of implementing Basel standards The Basel Committee implementation programme has been integral to international financial architecture. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary on 24-25 April, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has journeyed from a humble forum for G7 bank supervisors to a titan among global financial...   Read More