NCAER in the News

Opinion: Sonalde Desai and Purushottam Kulkarni. India proved that development is the best contraceptive. Now, we need to focus on adapting to the demographic destiny through careful planning. We’ve made the right choices, the next step is fixing the pieces of the population puzzle. There is often a gap between public posturing and private reality....   Read More


  • India’s growth rate and the sanctity of GDP deflator

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta and S Priyadarshini. The real growth rate of the Indian economy in the April-June quarter of 2023-24 (Q1, FY24), according to the latest data released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO), stood at 7.8 per cent. Market economists embraced this data as reflective of their own projections, and in line with their...   Read More

  • Oil Breezes Past $95 A Barrel As Inflation Fears Return Around The World: Graduates in Gig Jobs

    Govindraj Ethiraj, financial journalist talks to Bornali Bhandari, Professor at the National Council of Applied Economic Research.  [04:21] Why are gig workers, including food delivery staff, graduate degree holders? What does this say about their mobility and the relative power of the degree? The NCAER a few weeks ago released a survey titled Socio Economic...   Read More

  • Gig work is a job, but not the job

    Nivedita V talks to Bornali Bhandari, Professor at NCAER about the gig economy, highlighting differences between part-time and full-time workers, as well as workers in different cities. In this State of the Economy podcast, Nivedita discusses the world of gig workers and the challenges they face in obtaining social security. Joined by Professor Bornali Bhandari...   Read More

  • The G20 agenda for bridging the gender digital gap

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta. The lasting legacy of the G20 summit would be its attempt to mainstream a gender-responsive perspective. The just concluded G20 summit in India and its reiteration of gender empowerment through the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides an apposite backdrop for examining the pace and progress of this empowerment...   Read More

  • MSMEs can drive India’s digital push

    Opinion: Somya Mathur and Badri Narayanan However, WTO’s tariff moratorium on digital transmission must continue for the countries of the Global South, such as India, to become major players. The crucial role of digital technologies was brought out during the Covid period. So to tap their full potential is one of G20’s primary agendas. Micro,...   Read More

  • The Future of Inflation Management in India

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. In the recent Jackson Hole Conference, the Central Bank governors of the US, Europe, and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to inflation targets of 2 percent. They resolved to continue raising the policy rates and keeping them “higher for longer”, in pursuit of this target. The subtext of their speeches contained important nuances....   Read More

  • The Gender Implications of the Jan Dhan Yojana

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta. The conceptualisation of financial autonomy was such a prescient aspect of the scheme that it immediately forged a bond with the target audience, exhibiting results from the very day of the launch. When the American author, public figure, and civil servant Clare Booth Luce asserted in the mid-twentieth century, “A woman’s best...   Read More

  • The World Bank must reform

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. Overhauls to multilateral development banks could be a lasting legacy of India’s G20 presidency. Reforming the multilateral development banks (MDBs) is an important aspect of the global reforms agenda under India’s G20 presidency. The World Bank Group (WBG), as the largest MDB, is the most prominent candidate for such reforms. By taking...   Read More

  • Smoky Affair. EU’s CBAM is unfair in principle

    Opinion: Piyali Majumder, Somya Mathur and Sanjib Pohit Though it will have little impact on exports to EU, India must oppose this trade-discriminatory move. While the world is grappling with finding finance for energy transition towards low carbon pathway, European Commission has announced a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) as a part of its Green...   Read More