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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


  • Most rural population now not solely in agriculture: NCAER survey

    As part of India Human Development Survey the team covered 42000 households across the country Employment in agriculture has fallen sharply over the last seven years and a combination of farm-oriented and non-farm work is now the most common form of rural employment according to the findings of a nationwide representative sample survey conducted by...   Read More

  • Sonalde Desai, Omkar Joshi and Reeve Vanneman: Employer of the last resort?

    The Centre’s rural employment guarantee scheme can be substantially improved but it has undeniably helped Dalits Adivasis and women find work In an era of growing globalisation and rising inequality the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) stands out as a unique attempt to provide a social safety net via a massive public...   Read More

  • A Grim Statistical Picture of Married Indian Women

    Two in five Indian women didn’t choose their spouse and about one in two was married before the legal age of 18 according to a new study that paints a grim statistical picture of married women across the country. The National Council for Applied Economic Research a New Delhi-based think tank based their findings on interviews...   Read More

  • Declining sex ratios seen in gender scorecard

    Sonalde Desai On International Women’s Day the Election Commission of India held a special campaign to bring women voters to the polls. Although men and women vote at a more or less similar rate in State elections women are 6-8 percentage points behind in the Lok Sabha elections where national issues dominate. These disparities prompt...   Read More

  • Many women have no say in marriage

    Four out of ten women in India still have no say in their marriage eight out of ten need permission to visit a doctor six out of ten practise some form of head covering and the average Indian household gives over Rs. 30000 in dowry. These are among the findings of a major new large-scale...   Read More

  • PK Ghosh/PK Roy/Mythili Bhusnurmath: How the savings cookie crumbles

    Indian households have always accounted for the major share of gross domestic savings. But they seem to have lost the savings habit now. You can blame some of that on consumerism. But what explains the fall in the share of their savings in financial instruments? Received wisdom says persistently high inflation since 2009. Years of...   Read More

  • High exports, farm output improve business confidence: NCAER

    After a slide in the second quarter of the present fiscal higher exports enhanced farm produce and moderation in inflation improved business confidence during the October-December period think-tank NCAER said on Monday. The Business Confidence Index (BCI) rose by 21.8 per cent in theJanuary 2014 survey over the previous quarter the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)...   Read More

  • NCAER'S Quarterly Review of the Indian Economy 2013-14 and Forecast for 2014-15

    New Delhi Wednesday 5 February 2014: At a seminar held at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) on the State of Economy the following observations reviews and projections were made by the Council through a presentation and release of their quarterly report titled “Quarterly Review of the Economy”.  

  • NCAER’S Quarterly Review of the Indian Economy 2013-14 and Forecast for 2014-15

    GDP Growth rate for 2014-15 is projected at 5.1 - 5.5 per cent. The higher growth of 5.5 per cent is conditional on pick upon investment spending. WPI based average inflation rate projected at 6.1 per cent for 2014-15. Fiscal deficit for the center estimated at 4.5 per cent of GDP for 2014-15.   New...   Read More

  • The art of giving – Duties of givers and receivers of funds

    There has been a long tradition in India of large business groups endowing academic and research institutions but in recent years a new trend seems to be emerging. A few days ago Nandan and Rohini Nilekani contributed Rs 50 crore to the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) a sizeable amount by any standards the interest from...   Read More