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Ideas for India (I4I) is an economics and policy portal that publishes evidence-based analysis and commentary on issues pertaining to growth and development in India. I4I serves as an ideologically neutral space for economists, other social scientists, and practitioners to use their research and experience to weigh in on key policy questions.

The portal hopes to change the way in which economic evidence filters into policy debates. It targets a wide audience comprising but not limited to policymakers, academics and researchers, civil society organisations, media, industry, and non-specialists that are interested in development and growth policy issues. I4I constantly strives to be more accessible to a lay audience, and to encourage public engagement.

I4I publishes content under twelve broad topics: Agriculture, Macroeconomics, Human Development, Social Identity, Governance, Poverty & Inequality, Environment, Money & Finance, Productivity & Innovation, Urbanisation, Trade, and Miscellany.

Content types include research-based articles, opinion-based posts (perspectives), experience-based ‘notes from the field’, e-symposia/debates, explainers, podcasts, and videos.

The portal adopts an approach that is (a) Inclusive with respect to the ideologies of commentators, types of evidence on which the posts are based, policy issues addressed, and the technical proficiency of intended audience; (b) Rigorous in ensuring that the policy discussions are centred on evidence that is methodologically and analytically sound, and (c) Responsive in allowing for the vast body of evidence on the Indian economy to be drawn upon when a particular policy question becomes centre-stage.

I4I was set up in July 2012 by a group of economists at the International Growth Centre. IGC is jointly directed by the London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Oxford.

The views expressed in the posts are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the I4I Editorial Board.

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