Constructing housing for the poor without destroying their communities
Rohini Pande
Posted on: 24 Mar 2017

The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana aims to achieve housing for all by 2022. However, vacancy of 23% was reported last year in urban housing built under the programme. In this article, Rohini Pande, contends that take-up can be increased if policies are designed in a way that allows the intended beneficiaries to preserve their social networks when they relocate.
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How India can reduce the size of its black economy
Parag Waknis
Posted on: 20 Mar 2017

In this article, Parag Waknis contends that if the Indian government is serious about addressing the black economy, fundamental changes in the structure and organisation of the economy and politics are required.
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On India’s latest GDP numbers
Abhijit Banerjee
Posted on: 15 Mar 2017
Tags:   GDP

India’s latest GDP data shows that the economy grew at 7% in the previous quarter, despite demonetisation. In this article, Abhijit Banerjee discusses why the new numbers are likely to be an overestimation.
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Getting India's women into the workforce: Time for a smart approach
Rohini Pande
Posted on: 10 Mar 2017
Topics:   Gender , Jobs
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In this article, Rohini Pande, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, contends that raising India’s stubbornly low rate of female labour force participation will require behavioural interventions that address social norms.

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Women and work in Asia: Insights for India’s low female labour force participation
Sher Singh Verick
Posted on: 08 Mar 2017
Topics:   Gender , Jobs
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In this article, Sher Singh Verick, Deputy Director, ILO’s Decent Work Team for South Asia and Country Office for India, shows how India compares with other countries in Asia as well as with other developing regions in the world, in terms of the level and trend of female labour force participation.

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What explains the low and stagnating female labour force participation in India?
Stephan Klasen
Posted on: 03 Mar 2017
Topics:   Jobs , Gender
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In this article, Stephan Klasen gives an overview of the existing evidence on the supply- and demand-side drivers of female labour force participation in India.

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Introduction to e-Symposium: Women and work in India
Farzana Afridi
Posted on: 03 Mar 2017
Topics:   Gender , Jobs
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Female labour force participation in India has been low and stagnant over the past few decades. I4I Editor Farzana Afridi is hosting an e-symposium to examine research that explores the reasons for this alarming trend and to discuss policies and programmes that can be adopted to bring gender equity to the labour market.

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Kenneth Arrow, 1921-2017
Debraj Ray
Posted on: 02 Mar 2017
Topics:   Economic Thought
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In a tribute to Kenneth Arrow, Debraj Ray, Professor of Economics at NYU, outlines the contributions of the late Nobel laureate to economic thought.
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Chasing one’s own tail: Dealing with tax non-compliance
Sangram Gaikwad , Kailash Pundlik Gaikwad
Posted on: 01 Mar 2017

A key, stated objective of the recent denotification of high-denomination currency notes was to eliminate black money arising from tax evasion, and to expand the tax net. In this article, Sangram Gaikwad and Kailash Gaikwad, officers of the Indian Revenue Service, outline the challenges faced by the tax administration in dealing with rampant evasion in direct taxation, and what can be done to address the issue.
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Clearing the air
Naini Jayaseelan
Posted on: 23 Feb 2017
Topics:   Environment
Tags:   pollution

In this article, Naini Jayaseelan, former Secretary, Environment, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, discusses the pitfalls of basing policies to curb air pollution on comparisons of air quality indices across countries or cities.
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