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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More


  • Welfare schemes need tweaks to accommodate Covid-19 impact

    The schemes in place for essentials like food healthcare and income support should be appropriately modified to minimise economic burden on the affected communities. Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Our economic and social lives as we know it have been thrown in disarray. While some of the productive activity in the services sectors has moved to ‘work...   Read More

  • India’s spring fever: The Covid-19, restructuring of Yes Bank, and fall in oil prices

    The trinity of Covid-19 restructuring of Yes Bank and fall in oil prices amidst the current slowdown marks the onset of Spring Fever in India that we would rather not have. The trinity of factors has made a precarious economic situation worse. While the recent sharp drop in oil prices can act as a benign...   Read More

  • Governments need to move fast if we’re to stop the coronavirus

    That is our best hope to contain the viral outbreak and avert getting overwhelmed by a possible jump in the number of cases Opinion: Sudipto Mundle It is often said that India’s administrative system performs poorly under normal conditions engaged more in serving itself rather than the public but performs remarkably well—sometimes not always—when there...   Read More

  • Decline in women work participation rates can be traced to poor quality of data collection processes

    In our concern with ostensibly declining women’s work participation we have missed out on identifying sectors from which women are excluded and more importantly in which women are included. It may be time for us to count women’s work rather than women workers. Opinion: Sonalde Desai In our concern with ostensibly declining women’s work participation...   Read More

  • A measure of their worth

    India’s first Land Records and Services Index is a way to gauge States’ relative performance and help improve services on the ground The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) recently released India’s first Land Records and Services Index (N-LRSI) 2020 based on data collected over 2019-20 on two aspects of the supply of records...   Read More

  • With 2 weeks to prepare, how to tackle coronavirus outbreak the Indian way

    Whether we like it or not coronavirus is knocking on the door-and we have two weeks to prepare Opinion: Sonalde Desai It is clear coronavirus is not containable and closing the borders only buys India some time. We must use this time to prepare to manage the virus so that the damage to India’s physical...   Read More

  • Women face all-pervasive glass ceiling

    In most sectors share of female employees is low. Where the share is close to 50 per cent there are few women in top roles The NCAER Skills Report 2018 has emphasised on the importance of female role models to encourage employability and eventual employment. Where are these role models? The numbers from the Periodic...   Read More

  • Women in STEM research in the age of Coronavirus

    From the perception that few women are found in the fields of science technology engineering and mathematics emerges the paradox that the disbalance is by choice rather than any constraint As the world celebrated another Women’s Day on March 8 this time under the shadow of the lethal Coronavirus with scientists and medical professionals across...   Read More

  • What ails India’s Free Trade Agreements?

    Lately India’s trade policy seem to lack a vision. After actively pursuing it for over a decade India decided against joining RCEP at the eleventh hour. The official version is that India runs a large trade deficit with RCEP countries and was expecting specific protection for its industry and farmers from a surge in imports...   Read More

  • Fiscal Restraint Trumps Fiscal Stimulus

    The 2020 Union Budget has failed to provide any fiscal stimulus based upon the assumption that there is no fiscal space for providing growth stimulus. In doing so it missed out on the opportunity of leveraging an additional fiscal space of around 10% of the gross domestic product that could have been tapped through revenue...   Read More

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