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Opinion: Ajaya K Sahu and Bornali Bhandari. As India increasingly urbanises, it has become important to measure its economic parameters, not only at the aggregate level but also at the disaggregated level. The literature review suggests that there are differences across city tiers. However, we find that the current statistics simply do not capture the...   Read More


  • India’s GDP Expected to Grow 5.2-5.7 Per Cent This Fiscal: NCAER

     New Delhi: With the manufacturing sector showing signs of a nascent recovery the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has said it expects India's GDP to expand at 5.2-5.7 per cent this fiscal year. "GDP growth rate for 2014-15 is projected at 5.2-5.7 per cent. The higher growth of 5.7 per cent is conditional...   Read More

  • HELPING HANDS  – NGOs using foreign funds must be monitored, not hounded

    The media were agog when a “secret” report of the Intelligence Bureau was leaked a few days after the swearing-in of the Narendra Modi-led government. It particularly pointed to Greenpeace to the agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (picture) and coal-based thermal power projects as having been funded by foreign agencies to hold back...   Read More

  • NDA government might unveil reform agenda post budget?

    If history is to be believed there is nothing bizarre in assuming that reform agenda is not confined to the Budget alone. Even though the big event of Budget has passed it is not unlikely that bold reform measures could be taken now. The Narendra Modi-led government has also shown its propensity to announce reforms...   Read More

  • Informal Economy
    Informal Economy 16 Jul 2014

    The serious commentary by Professor S. Gurumurthy on the implications of the budget for India’s informal economy was commendable (“The good is in the detail” July 14). I’d like to add support for his good challenge. Most of the enterprises in the Indian economy aren’t “SMEs”; they aren’t “small” they are “micro” enterprises with under...   Read More

  • Roadmap for big ticket reforms expected to be announced in the Union Budget

    While the Narendra Modi-led BJP government is all set to present its maiden budget on July 10 the common people and industry have high expectations from the finance minister especially when it comes to fulfill the promise of `Acche Din Aane Wale Hain`. In the forthcoming budget besides maintaining trend of fiscal consolidation it is...   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

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