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On demonetisation
Posted on: 23 Dec 2016
On the evening of 8 November, the Prime Minister announced on national television that Rs. ... read on »
A symposium on Piketty: Introduction
Posted on: 15 Jun 2015
Thomas Piketty’s book on ´Capital in the Twenty First Century’ has made waves. The f ... read on »
Emerging challenges: Economic and social
Posted on: 06 Aug 2014
To mark the second anniversary of I4I in July 2014, we invited two eminent scholars – Abhi ... read on »

Tag: Tamil Nadu

Courting women’s votes: What does this mean for women?
Sarah Khan
Posted on: 01 Jul 2016

In the recent state assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, political parties targeted women voters with specific handouts and proposed policies such as alcohol bans. This column contends that while the increasing political attention to women is a positive trend, it needs to be explored whether the proposed policies are indeed effective solutions to the issues faced by women.
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The alcoholic mammaries of the welfare State
Swaminathan Aiyar
Posted on: 30 May 2016
Topics:   Political Economy
Tags:   Tamil Nadu


Tamil Nadu is known to give away more freebies to voters than any other state and these are financed mainly by massive revenues from liquor sales. In this article, Swaminathan Aiyar, Consulting Editor of the Economic Times, contends that while using liquor revenue to improve basic State services like education and health is defensible, using it for freebies is a political race between parties to the fiscal bottom.
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No toilet, no bride: Toilet ownership and marriage prospects of men in India
Britta Augsburg , Paul Andrés Rodríguez Lesmes
Posted on: 30 Sep 2015
Topics:   Health


A growing body of research shows that costs are a key barrier to sanitation investments by households. Based on a survey in Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, this column finds that apart from financial and health considerations, the decision of households to acquire toilets is influenced by the belief that toilet ownership improves prospects of finding good marriage matches for sons.
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Barriers to basic banking in India
Camille Boudot , A.J. Mowl
Posted on: 29 May 2015
Topics:   Finance


The Indian government is promoting the Jan Dhan Yojana, Aadhaar and mobile banking – or the “JAM trinity” — as the pathway to financial inclusion. But are banks capable or even willing take on their role in this ambitious agenda? Based on a field study in Chennai, this column highlights the range of costs and constraints imposed by banks on customers attempting to enter the formal financial sector.
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