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Farzana Afridi
Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi Centre
f.afridi@gmail.com
Farzana Afridi is an Associate Professor in the Economics and Planning Unit of the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of education, gender, and more recently, political economy. She holds an abiding interest in understanding the response of individuals and households to public programmes in developing countries. She obtained her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Articles By Farzana Afridi
Governance and public service delivery in India
Posted On: 07 Aug 2017


The International Growth Centre recently produced a synthesis paper (Afridi 2017) bringing together insights from its research on governance and public service delivery in India, over the past seven years. At a workshop organised by the IGC in collaboration with Ideas for India and Indian Statistical Institute, Amarjeet Sinha (Ministry of Rural Development), Rajesh Mahapatra (Hindustan Times), and Sandip Sukhtankar (University of Virginia) discussed the findings on key governance challenges and what can be done to address them.
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Declining female labour force participation in rural India: The supply side
Posted On: 05 Mar 2017

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Analysis of National Sample Survey data shows that low rates of female labour force participation in India are concentrated among married women in rural areas. This column suggests that this is partly because women with medium levels of education choose to spend more time on child care and domestic work.

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Introduction to e-Symposium: Women and work in India
Posted On: 03 Mar 2017

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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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Afterword: What lies ahead for MNREGA?
Posted On: 18 Mar 2016

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In an afterword to the e-symposium on ‘10 years of MNREGA and the way forward’, I4I Editor Farzana Afridi contends that the evidence summarised in the e-symposium suggests that MNREGA is not merely a poverty alleviation programme. Given its multiple potential benefits, MNREGA needs more than mere lip service or it risks dwindling into irrelevance.

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Introduction to e-Symposium: 10 years of MNREGA and the way forward
Posted On: 14 Mar 2016


India’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – the largest public works programme in the world – completed a decade in February 2016. As a contribution to the discussions, I4I Editor Farzana Afridi is hosting an e-symposium to summarise the existing evidence on various aspects of the programme, and to discuss the future of the programme.

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Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption in public programme delivery?
Posted On: 12 Mar 2014

Topics:   Corruption

MNREGA mandates social audits of public work projects undertaken under the Act in order to empower beneficiaries to scrutinise programme expenditures, and monitor programme delivery. Has community monitoring helped reduce corruption and improve programme delivery? This column presents results from the first study that rigorously assesses the impact of India’s only large-scale community monitoring initiative - in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
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Does political reservation for women improve programme delivery?
Posted On: 17 Jan 2013


This column outlines results of a study that assesses the impact of women leaders on corruption and other aspects of the quality of delivery of MNREGA. It argues that administrative experience, training and institutional support are essential for making women’s political participation and affirmative action policies more effective.
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Food for thought: On the design of school subsidy programmes
Posted On: 06 Aug 2012


Despite significant increase in primary school enrollments, student attendance rates are less than 70% in public schools. This column argues that India needs to start evaluating its existing school subsidies systematically. It finds that provision of free cooked meals at schools that are sufficient not just in terms of quantity but also quality and variety will ensure better targeting and help get more children in school.
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