NCAER in the News

Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhar. In communities where education is given greater importance & viewed as a gateway to success, households are more likely to allocate a larger portion of income toward educational expenses. Education is the cornerstone upon which nations build their future. It is the bedrock of social and economic growth at...   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

  • Lifestyle diseases are the new normal; how this is affecting the average and even deprived sections

    People born before the 1970s or 1980s have witnessed a changing gamut of “normal”. Earlier owning a land-line phone in a household was a luxury. This later became “normal” for any household and now owning a smart 4G phone is the “new-normal”. While such transition is clear in the urban and sub-urban India rural areas...   Read More

  • China, India helped Asia achieve more than other regions:Book

    New Delhi Nov 8 (PTI) Propelled by China's growth and more recently joined by India Asia has achieved in a generation what has taken other regions much longer says a recent NCAER book. The latest NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research) book by Rajat Nag titled 'The 21st Century: Asia's?' further says that Asians...   Read More

  • Did note ban induce firms to adopt digital payment?

    The Government of India (GoI) announced the withdrawal of legal tender notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations on November 8 2016. As per the GoI notification dated  November 8 2016 this was necessitated to tackle counterfeiting of Indian banknotes effectively nullify black money hoarded in cash and curb funding of terrorism with fake...   Read More

  • Forecasting growth in times of transition

    As per official data released on 31 August 2017 the Indian economy grew at 5.6% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year – in congruence with forecasts of National Council of Applied Economic Research. Based on the quarterly and annual models of NCAER Bornali Bhandari discusses recent trends in key economic indicators and...   Read More

  • A flood of questions

    Several issues must be sorted out first before the ambitious river linking plan is taken up  The National Democratic Alliance government is all set to begin work on an estimated $87 billion plan to connect around 60 of India’s largest rivers; this includes the Ganga. Once complete it is expected to help end farmers’ dependence...   Read More

  • Doubling farmers incomes: Why greater focus on rabi crops could create a win-win situation

    The total foodgrain production in India has more than doubled from 108.42 million tonnes in 1970-71 to 252.22 million tonnes in 2015-16. More importantly India is now the largest producer in the world of a host of farm products be it jute or dairy or total pulses buffalo meat and chicken products. This is nothing...   Read More

  • Reimagining the OBC quota

    Sub-categorisation of OBCs provides an opening to ensure social justice works better Regardless of the political impulse that led the government to announce creation of a committee to look into sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) it provides an opening to ensure social justice in an efficient manner. The biggest challenge India faces is that...   Read More

  • NCAER scales up India’s GDP growth to 7.6% for FY18

    The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has revised up its projections for the country's economic growth to 7.6 per cent for the current financial year compared with the earlier forecast of 7.3 per cent. Similarly growth in the country's gross value added was scaled up from 7 per cent to 7.3 per cent...   Read More