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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


  • Non-tariff measures: For trade, here is how challenge can be turned into opportunity

    Policy orientation in modern-age trade negotiations has progressively turned to non-price measures looking beyond tariff liberalisation  A better information system for domestic exporter will assist upgrade of domestic industry to meet global norms. (Reuters) Policy orientation in modern-age trade negotiations has progressively turned to non-price measures looking beyond tariff liberalisation. In the past India’s FTAs...   Read More

  • GST: A small step towards easing overland logistics barriers

    No doubt the rolling of GST is a right move towards making India into a one-market with one tax and with interstate barriers to trade being removed.  While GST is facing the teething problem with multiple rates a high cost of implementation it is expected that these problems would be sorted out paving a way...   Read More

  • Will putting the Draft Labour Code on the backburner increase the burden on employers?

    A seemingly trivial but quite important piece of information came to the fore on 27th November 2017. The Maharashtra Government fearing backlash shelved the bill of labour reform that otherwise would have eased the burden of 37 234 factories reeling under unviable losses. Politicisation of labour issues is the crucial factor for denigrating the status...   Read More

  • The spatial dimension of business investment decisions

    Investment decisions of firms are centred on location choice investment magnitude and selection of industry. Of these information on location choice is the most asymmetric making it is imperative to inform potential investors regarding the characteristics and advantages/disadvantages of specific territorial choices within the country. In this article Anjali Tandon highlights the importance of a...   Read More

  • ‘Nowcasting’ the Indian economy: A new approach to know the now-GDP

    This column describes NCAER’s new ‘nowcasting’ model which seeks to predict India’s GDP numbers at frequent intervals − typically on a monthly or quarterly basis − by exploiting the incremental information in published data on economic indicators. In the words of Dr. Lawrence Klein1 “Models go out of date fast. Data base gets revised new kinds...   Read More

  • Act bilateral, think multilateral on investment issues: A proposed strategy for India

    Globally countries remain interested in foreign investment as a source of capital for domestic growth and development needs. The host countries facilitate foreign investment through national investment policies. In addition to investment promotion the host countries also ensure investment protection through treaties to provide them with a rule-based predictable and non-discriminatory environment (UNCTAD 2017). The...   Read More

  • 11th Ministerial Conference of WTO: Pushing the finishing line forward

    The consequences can be far more than physiological through the ripples that will affect many future multilateral negotiations. It has not been too long back in the past when Kyoto Protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was extended half-heartedly and then replaced. Earlier this month India along with other developing countries...   Read More

  • Global trade: Why India can’t afford absenteeism on international investment issues

    The future of global trade is being negotiated at the 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires Argentina this week from December 10-13.The Indian representation on the multilateral forum is taking up issues of public stock-holding for food security special safeguard mechanism and domestic support and subsidies to fisheries to promote the interests of its...   Read More

  • A solution at last for low farmer incomes? Why the food processing sector is critical for a developing India

    By Rajesh Chadha and Laxmi Joshi Rising consumer incomes in India are creating bigger markets for processed foods. This has generated the need for new and modern post-harvest and agro-processing technologies for meeting this demand. Boost for the sector The Ministry of Food Processing has undertaken many programmes to give a boost to this sector...   Read More

  • The Female Principle

    Can any country achieve progress without taking its women on board? Studies have shown more women in the workforce equals better economic performance "If you want something said ask a man; if you want something done ask a woman". -- Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister 1979-1990. The former British Prime Minister's words may arguably reflect...   Read More

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