NCAER in the News

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


  • 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

  • Opinion | Did Delhi’s elections mark a turning point in our politics?

    The massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections is momentous. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party won 62 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed only eight and the Congress drew a blank. This is not so because Delhi is the capital of India or because AAP has been re-elected...   Read More

  • Unlock the Capital’s economic potential

    Delhi’s urban planning policies have been characterised by the inability of the agencies concerned to facilitate adequate supply of affordable formal housing stock for its residents. As a result informal housing has crept up across large parts of the national Capital. Unauthorised Colonies (UACs) are one form of such informal housing categories and have grown...   Read More

  • Skill schemes should focus on women

    The youth not in education employment or training are often targeted for educational and vocational training programmes. India too has developed such programmes particularly the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) the flagship scheme of the Central government. However as pointed out in the NCAER Skills Report 2018 titled ‘Skilling India: No Time to Lose’...   Read More