NCAER in the News

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


  • Reality check: Why ‘benefits’ highlighted in Farm Bills aren’t feasible to implement

    Opinion:  Sanjib Pohit Multiple rounds of discussion on the Farm Bills do not convince the farmers to withdraw the agitation. The proponents of the Farm Bills seem to highlight the benefits. However in realities many of these are not feasible for an ordinary farmer. That is the reason for the continuous deadlock. It is the...   Read More

  • The case for a deeper democracy

    Opinion:  K P Krishnan There is a strong connection between bolstering democracy and achieving a better functioning financial system A great debate has surged in recent weeks in India about democracy and “tough” economic reforms. In the field of finance the main path of reforms is intertwined with deepening of democracy. This is what has...   Read More

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  • Addressing the last-mile challenges in covid-19 vaccine distribution

    Opinion:  Sonalde Desai The establishment of a national expert group for Covid-19 vaccine distribution and Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) to track and manage vaccine stocks and storage is welcome. However little attention has been directed towards the last-mile challenges in vaccine distribution. Three challenges deserve particular attention. Twice is Nice First cold storage requirements make...   Read More

  • Decoding The Credit Puzzle

    Opinion:  Bornali Bhandari  Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs  The importance of credit to an economy cannot be over-emphasised. The NCAER Quarterly Reviews of the Economy (June & September) has detailed out the tsunami like effect of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on the Indian economy. Unlike the contraction in year-on-year (y-o-y) growth shown...   Read More

  • Just dedicating a day to the disabled won’t help make their lives easier

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and D L Wankhar International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD): The WHO estimates that more than one billion people - about 15% of the world's population - experience some form of disability Not many of us are aware that we celebrate about 173 “international days” every year which as per the United...   Read More

  • A social registry linking Aadhaar to residence info can target aid to the vulnerable during a pandemic

    Opinion:   Pallavi Choudhuri and Sonalde Desai Aadhaar linkages of individuals and bank accounts already exist. If residential information in the Aadhaar database can be efficiently structured this would allow for geographic targeting. The US Congress acted expeditiously in late March to provide relief on account of the COVID-19 to poor and middle-class individuals and to stimulate...   Read More

  • Is it preventing affordable healthcare?

    Opinion: Palash Baruah & D L Wankhar No one would have ever thought or anticipated that Covid-19 would shake the world to such an extent that it is impacting and perhaps changing and re-defining every aspect of our lives. It also proved that no country is invincible no matter how developed rich and powerful and it...   Read More

  • The integral world of finance

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Our goal should be to achieve a low cost of capital for Indian firms which calls for liquid and efficient markets accessible to all investors Many firms require capital in tiding over the pandemic. In recent months large amounts of portfolio capital have come into the country helping to fill this need....   Read More

  • How exporters can crack the EU market

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Cutting logistics costs and complying with exacting European product standards will go a long way in boosting shipments India is the EU's ninth largest trading partner with 2.4 per cent of the bloc’s overall trade. Bilateral trade (in both goods and services) touched €115 billion in 2017. EU exports to India have grown...   Read More