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


  • Absorbing the COVID shock

    Studies reveal households self-employed in agriculture or engaged in salaried jobs fared better those employed in informal sector. Opinion: Prabir Kumar Ghosh and Sumit Kumar COVID-19 has now started sneaking into the hinterlands whose contexts happen to be drastically different from the large metros where the fight against the virus has mostly been concentrated so far....   Read More

  • India’s population data and a tale of two projections

    The country’s demographic future will see peaking and then declining numbers driven by a sharp fertility reduction Opinion: Dr Sonalde Desai  A new study published in the highly regarded journal The Lancet and prepared by the Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has shaken up the world of population policy. It argues that while...   Read More

  • How efficient are our roadways?

    The NCR-Mumbai route tops in performance. NCAER finds harassment of truck drivers a major hitch across the routes surveyed Opinion: Dr Devendra B Gupta and Dr Sanjib Pohit The Indian economy is going through a difficult phase due to the Covid crisis. Most of the rating agencies have downgraded the economy. And with Covid slowing down...   Read More

  • Unfolding India’s Merchandise Trade Dynamics during Coronavirus

    Fall in income and depreciating exchange rate would have a dampening impact on imports demand while rising domestic inflation should have reverse impact. Opinion: Dr Prerna Prabhakar & Dr Bornali Bhandari Is a merchandise trade surplus of around USD 0.8 billion in June 2020 a first in 18 years since January 2002 a turning point in India’s...   Read More

  • COVID-19 outbreak sets new challenges to psycho-social issues

    The COVID-19 pandemic is preparing us to adapt to a diverse way of living with positives and major negatives that directly or indirectly affect our mental states Opinion: Sagari Sahu and Prabir Kr Ghosh  A recent study of the impacts of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh was conducted by the National...   Read More

  • PM-KISAN is not reaching all farmer households as intended

    Given this uncertainty over the reach of PM-KISAN and its targeting the relevance of the scheme needs to be carefully evaluated during this period. Opinion: Dr Bornali Bhandari Dr Santanu Pramanik & Dr Sonalde Desai  The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) is the first universal basic income-type of scheme targeted towards landed farmers. It was...   Read More

  • The harsh truth of why we tolerate Chinese incursions

    The economies of India and China were roughly at par back in 1962 but we have been left far behind Opinion: Sudipto Mundle China’s recent intrusions at multiple points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh are unquestionably the most serious incidents at the India-China border since 1962. The main events are well known....   Read More

  • Insights from the ground

    Until a viable vaccine is found finding new ways to cope with the unexpected seems to be our only recourse to brace against the unexpected challenges thrown by the virus Opinion: Anupma Mehta When the famous US family therapist Virginia Satir talked about coping with life’s adversities she was unlikely to have had images of a...   Read More

  • How to disengage Indian economy smartly from China

    To reach self-sufficiency India needs to reduce Chinese imports. But it must do this in a way that does not violate WTO norms Opinion: Sanjib Pohit The India-China relationship is now at a nadir following border clashes in the Ladakh region. The ‘Boycott China’ war cry reverberates across India. Though it emanates mostly from common people...   Read More

  • Virus fear and logistical challenges curtailing economic activity in Delhi-NCR, new survey shows

    Daily wage labourers in Delhi-NCR were the most disadvantaged during the lockdown and are still finding it hard to find work. But even among the salaried class work participation rates remain far below pre-lockdown levels Opinion: Sonalde Desai & Santanu Pramanik As India’s economy limps back to life combating pandemic fears and fixing transport and logistical...   Read More