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


  • District’s digital initiatives draw rave reviews

    Collector Babu A. made a presentation at an event organised by World Bank Group and NCAER : The success achieved by Krishna district in various digital initiatives came in for appreciation at ‘The India launch of Digital dividends: World Development Report 2016’ – Roundtable: How can India best reap its digital dividends?’ organised in New...   Read More

  • 5 percent of Indian marriages inter-caste; in Mizoram, 55 percent

    Christian-dominated Mizoram - 87 percent of the population is Christian - has the most inter-caste marriages in India a nation where 95 percent of Indians marry within their caste according to a 2016 report from the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) a New Delhi-based think-tank. Meghalaya and Sikkim followed Mizoram with 46 percent...   Read More

  • Govts over the years have promoted cashless transactions

    India remains a predominantly cash economy where currency with public appears to be in the range of 12-13% of gross domestic product indicating poor income velocity of money. It renders Indians as amongst the biggest users of cash worldwide. Therefore it has been endeavour of present and past governments to reduce cash from the economy...   Read More

  • Everybody loves a good quota

    Unless there is a procedure for notification of groups moving out of the reserved category demands for reservation by groups like the Jats Gujjars and Patidars will continue I sometimes feel sorry for the governments of Gujarat Haryana and Rajasthan which are plagued by demands for reservation from powerful and aggressive communities. Patidars Jats and Gujjars...   Read More

  • Looks like the PDS works

    There’s room for more awareness and organisation but the number of people benefiting from fair price shops is growing Poor people in India depend heavily on the public distribution system. A recent survey by the National Council of Applied Economic Research found that more than 90 per cent ration card-holders in Below Poverty Line (BPL)...   Read More

  • Indian manufacturing lacks logistics

    The state of India’s manufacturing sector is concerning. Especially when compared to the massive transformation registered in this sector by other Asian countries in similar stages of development. Contributing around 16 per cent of India’s GDP manufacturing remains far below its potential which should be at least 25 per cent. Kandla one of India’s busiest...   Read More

  • With 2.35 Average Overnight Trips Per Year, Sikhs Lead the Travellers Among all Religions

    Highest incidence of trips is seen in J&K with 836 per 100 households followed by Himachal. Delhi at the bottom. NEW DELHI: Indians are going places—travelling fast and furious. Domestic tourism is not only driving economy it is also an indicator of consumption pattern of the country’s citizens. A tourism ministry study has put the Sikhs at...   Read More

  • Who is married to whom in India

    Mumbai: Is it true that people tend to marry within their profession or occupation? Data available from the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS-II) suggests so if we analyse marriages within and across broad occupation categories. For example among those female teachers who were married 19% were married to fellow teachers (CHART 1A) the highest among...   Read More

  • How the socio-economic fabric has changed

    Despite a rich statistical heritage paucity of data hinders policymaking in India. Most national surveys such as the ones carried out by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) tend to focus on a single theme. Further these surveys typically provide snapshots of society only at a particular point of time. By comparison the India Human Development Survey (IHDS)...   Read More

  • FDI in food : Where would it take us to?

    There is little doubt that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is associated with the diffusion of global best practices professionalism technology and work culture essential for market efficiency and competitiveness. In the presence of internationally competitive environment ensured by FDI the domestic agencies are also motivated towards changes that bring efficiency. Studies have shown positive impact...   Read More