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Tag: demographic dividend

Can India reap the demographic dividend in higher education?
Shivakumar Jolad
Posted on: 05 Sep 2017
Topics:   Education


India’s population is going through a ‘demographic bulge’, with an increase in the proportion of the working age group and a decrease in that of dependents. In this article, Shivakumar Jolad computes the demographic changes due to fertility decline and attempts to forecast the demand and supply of higher education over the period 2016-2031, across Indian states.
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Andhra Pradesh’s youth training and employment scheme: Did it work?
Rajendra Kondepati
Posted on: 07 Jul 2014
Topics:   Jobs


To promote youth employment, the state government of Andhra Pradesh launched an innovative public-private partnership programme for skill development, training and job placement for the youth. This note traces the beneficiaries of the programme and finds high drop-out rates among candidates placed in jobs under the programme. It suggests changes in the programme design to make candidates stay in their jobs for longer.
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Ending undernutrition: In clear sight?
Lawrence Haddad
Posted on: 30 Jun 2014
Topics:   Health


The World Health Assembly is targeting a decline of 100 million in the number of stunted under-five children by 2025; a 10% decline in stunting rates in India by 2014 can close a fifth of the gap. This article contents that we are in the midst of a ‘perfect storm’ for ending undernutrition, and maximum effort is required to take advantage of this transformative opportunity.
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Losing one half of India’s demographic dividend
Jayan Jose Thomas
Posted on: 21 Apr 2014

The working-age population in India is set to increase by more than 200 million over the next two decades. This column contends that India may fail to reap the benefits of this demographic dividend because of the extremely low rates of female participation in the workforce. There is a need for growth in job opportunities in high productivity sectors such as industry and services, particularly for women.
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What explains the stagnation of female labour force participation in urban India?
Stephan Klasen , Janneke Pieters
Posted on: 27 Sep 2013
Topics:   Gender , Jobs


Over the past two decades, urban India has experienced expansion in women’s education, fertility decline and growth in white-collared jobs. Then why is it that female labour force participation has stagnated at around 18% since the 1980s? This column seeks to answer this question by exploring demand and supply side factors that influence female labour force participation.
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Why is poverty declining so slowly in India?
Arka Roy Chaudhuri , Ashok Kotwal
Posted on: 25 Feb 2013

Despite two decades of fast growth of per capita GDP, India has experienced a very slow decline in poverty. The column suggests that this disconnect between GDP growth and poverty decline can largely be attributed to the positive feedback emanating from a skill biased growth pattern.
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What will South Asia look like in 2025?
Ejaz Ghani
Posted on: 19 Dec 2012
Topics:   Economic Growth


What will India and the rest of South Asia look like in 2025? This column argues that a growth miracle can quickly turn in to a growth disaster. It asks what can be done today to reshape tomorrow.
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