NCAER in the News

Opinion: Debasis Barik and Sonalde Desai. Janani Suraksha Yojana, launched in 2005, has helped reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by promoting institutional delivery. But the utilisation of antenatal care has been low. Creating government programmes to incentivise desired behaviour has a long history in development planning. Unfortunately we have no guidance on when success can...   Read More


  • Tripura’s bamboo sector: Potential and challenges

    About a third of the total area of Tripura is covered by bamboo and bamboo has emerged as a key thrust area for the state’s industrial development. Based on a field visit that was undertaken to study skill development in Tripura’s bamboo sector Bornali Bhandari discusses the livelihood-based approach of Tripura Bamboo Mission vis-à-vis a...   Read More

  • Push for solar energy: Is India on the right path?

    Delhi recently hosted the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit from 10th to 12th March 2018. With 55 countries having signed the ISA framework agreement and 26 of them already ratifying it it looks like the ISA is certainly gaining momentum. Of course India seems to be the right platform for such an event. After all...   Read More

  • The power of numbers

    Time magazine dedicated its person of the year (2017) cover to women who broke the silence surrounding the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and violence especially in the workplace. It took a string of allegations by women with public images they could leverage and were willing to put at stake to give heightened visibility to the...   Read More

  • Time to Nurture the Hands that Feed us

    One of the grimmest projections for the future of the earth as we know is the irreversible degradation of agricultural land caused by depletion of water bodies and climate change rendering it progressively unfit for cultivation within a span of less than a century. Where does that leave the Indian farmer who has been consistently...   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