NCAER in the News

Opinion: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay and Laxmi Joshi. Despite making significant contributions and accounting for a large share of the workforce, women’s concerns and interests are frequently disregarded. India is second only to China in fish production. In 2022-23, India produced around 18 million tonnes, accounting for 8 per cent of global production. About 32 per cent...   Read More


  • Justice delayed is markets stymied

    In a market economy like India a strong judiciary is required for quick settlement of disputes Since the 1991 economic reforms India has improved tremendously in almost all economic indicators and is now one of the fastest growing nations in the world. Various economic policies of the current government have enabled the economy to move...   Read More

  • The learning crisis underlying our unemployment challenge

    It may be difficult to imagine that the humble “anganwadi" the grassroots institution at the base of the Integrated Child Development Services scheme (ICDS) could have any role in addressing India’s formidable challenge of unemployment. However two recent studies Employment In India (Oxford University Press 2019) by Ajit Ghosh and the Annual Status Of Employment...   Read More

  • UBI good, but likely to be too costly to implement, says Martin Wolf

    Remember only the US Fed is raising the rates. The Europeans Japanese and the Chinese are not doing that.  While there are several critics of the farm debt waiver it has found a supporter in Martin Wolf chief economics commentator at the Financial Times. In India to deliver the C D Deshmukh Memorial Lecture organised...   Read More

  • Modi 2.0 can’t be more reformist than Modi 1.0, says Martin Wolf

    The past four-and-a-half years of the Modi govt have been more of continuity than a break from the past says Wolf New Delhi: The government that comes to power after the general elections due in April-May may not be able to carry out radical reforms like the present one even if Prime Minister Narendra Modi...   Read More

  • Health inflation: Should India also subsidise pharmacy costs?

    The NCAER-India International Centre Mid-Year Review 2019-20 had pointed out that miscellaneous inflation was the biggest contributor to overall retail inflation in the first half (H1) of 2019-20 (40.7%). Within miscellaneous items the health sub-category had the largest weight (25.1% and 16.3% in rural and urban areas respectively). Health inflation contributed 40.2% and 26.9% of...   Read More

  • It’s not just about the ranking

    The methodology to rank different entities be it the grading of States districts or blocks has several inherent weaknesses. A minimum standard for each parameter/indicator and rank should be given only if one scores above the minimum standard In recent times it has become almost customary to rank different entities across various indicators. Of course...   Read More

  • Air pollution myths and realities

    For long debates on air pollution have centred around PM2.5 and PM10 levels even as an invisible killer remains unnoticed Another winter has arrived and the discourse has invariably turned towards air pollution especially in the metro cities. Of course the centre of discussion is New Delhi  which is considered to be a hotspot for...   Read More

  • Make it the Indian way: Why the country must adapt to additive technologies

    If ‘Make in India’ is to succeed it needs to encompass ‘Make it the Indian Way’. It need not emulate mass production technologies fuelled in Detroit by massive capital investment or in Beijing by cheap labour. We are fortunate to be in a historic moment when the manufacturing sector is about to go through a...   Read More

  • NCAER suggests three-point strategy for better skilling

    India should adopt a three-part framework – acquiring matching and anticipating skills – for improving its skilling ecosystem an NCAER report said on Tuesday. NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research) is a New Delhi-based think tank. This triad of acquiring matching and anticipating skills should be integrated into almost all policies and programmes and...   Read More

  • Govt must set up commission for roadmap on 21st century skills: Report

    The government should establish a commission for 21st century skills to prepare a 15-year roadmap on transferable skills that can meet present as well as future demand from industries says a report. The report titled 'Skilling India - No Time to Lose' by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) notes that rigid labour...   Read More