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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More


  • Cereal Indiscretions: Sonalde Desai

    Malnutrition remains one of the biggest challenges facing India. In the last large survey the National Family Health Survey of 2005-06 about 42 per cent children under the age of five were underweight. Economic growth has failed to redress this problem. Recently released estimates from the District Level Health Survey for selected states continue to...   Read More

  • India needs a system that directly connects university students to research, Trivellore Raghunathan says

    Trivellore Raghunathan professor of biostatistics at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health who was recently appointed director of the Survey Research Centre at the university's Institute for Social Research talks to Malini Sen   What is the focus of the Survey Research Centre (SRC) at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research...   Read More

  • Business confidence improved in Q4: NCAER

    NEW DELHI: The business confidence in last quarter of 2013-14 improved further on expectations of a new electoral mandate that influenced the overall sentiments economic think-tank NCAER said today. The BCI in March quarter rose by about 3.8 per cent from the previous quarter to 127 points NCAER data showed. "The expectations of a new...   Read More

  • NCAER projects 5.1-5.5 per cent GDP growth in FY15

    Think-tank National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has projected a 5.1-5.5 per cent economic growth in 2014-15 for India. It also forecast a 6.1 per cent inflation based on wholesale prices in the current fiscal. The fiscal deficit is estimated at 4.5 per cent of GDP. "GDP growth rate for 2014-15 is projected at...   Read More

  • India by the numbers: Change on the margins

    For the last two weeks The Hindu has reported exclusively on an exciting new dataset the National Council for Applied Economic Research’s (NCAER) India Human Development Survey (IHDS) 2011-12. It’s an exciting dataset for three big reasons.   One it’s a 42000 household-strong nationally representative survey with questions on both economic and social issues. Two...   Read More

  • Steady rise in income but services still inadequate: NCAER

    Families with an annual income of Rs 1.5 lakh are among the richest 20 per cent in the country data from the 2011-12 round of India Human Development Survey (IHDS) conducted by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) shows. While incomes have grown considerably in the last seven years access to adequate public...   Read More

  • Only 40 per cent of middle class has piped water connection: survey

    Not all of the Indian middle class has access to all amenities yet. According to latest data from National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) only 40 per cent of those in the middle class comprising households with annual income above Rs. 88800 annually (an estimate suggested by NCAER researchers) have piped water connections and...   Read More

  • Poorly performing public services

    Sonalde Desai Debasis Barik and Tushar Agarwal  There is something ironic about politicians making announcements about the Right to Education or the Right to Health when the only thing they can ensure is allocation of funds. Their control over the usage of these funds is somewhat weak; the overall quality of services is even weaker;...   Read More

  • Food security in the time of inflation

    Passage of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has put the Public Distribution System (PDS) at the core of the national mission to feed the hungry. The PDS operated via “fair price” or ration shops will distribute up to 5 kg of rice at Rs. 3 per kg. wheat at Rs. 2 per kg or...   Read More

  • More children going to private schools: NCAER

    Private school enrolment continues to rise but the already low levels of what children are learning in schools — both government and private — continue to fall new data shows. The Hindu is reporting exclusively on the findings of the 2011-12 round of India Human Development Survey (IHDS) a representative national sample of 42000 households carried...   Read More