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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 »

Topic: Crime

Criminally accused politicians and economic outcomes
Tasneem Ahmed , Nishith Prakash , Marc Rockmore , Yogesh Uppal
Posted on: 15/01/2016 00:12:54

Despite a history of widely contested and transparent elections, and presence of vibrant and open media, an increasing number of criminally accused politicians are being elected in India. Based on an analysis of elections to State Legislative Assemblies during 2004-2008 in 20 states, this column finds that electing a politician accused of a serious or financial crime adversely affects economic growth and public service delivery in the constituency.
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Bihar’s alcohol ban: Prudent policy or tail-chasing?
Sanjeev Kumar , Nishith Prakash
Posted on: 21/12/2015 10:10:17

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to implement prohibition in the state from 1 April 2016 is based on the rationale that alcohol consumption is the primary reason for violence against women. In this article, Kumar and Prakash argue that a blanket ban on alcohol won’t stem violence against women – but making alcohol costlier may help.
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Intimidation, imitation, economics: Why youth are taking to terror
Abhijit Banerjee
Posted on: 15/12/2015 09:18:47
Topics:   Crime , Conflict
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Men between the ages of 18 and 35 become terrorists, and it is the same demographic that supplies drug dealers, violent criminals, and foot soldiers of political parties. Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at MIT, contends that the pattern may be explained by factors such as the power of conformity, intimidation by the local big guy, finding the possibility of violence exciting, and frustration with economic prospects.
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The need for police reform
Abhijit Banerjee
Posted on: 09/09/2015 09:37:00

The police in India are still mainly governed by the Police Act of 1861. In this article, Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at MIT, emphasises the need for police reform in order to check misuse of power by the State.
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Women’s economic empowerment and domestic violence
Aparna Mathur
Posted on: 13/03/2015 00:00:00
Topics:   Gender , Crime


The safety of women in India – both inside and outside homes – is a major concern. This column explores the link between women’s economic empowerment, in the form of stronger inheritance rights and working status, and the incidence of domestic violence. It suggests that empowering women through income and wealth reduces the likelihood of them becoming victims of domestic violence.
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Re-conceptualising crime and punishment
Pushparaj Deshpande
Posted on: 26/02/2014 00:00:00
Topics:   Crime


A Delhi court has awarded the death penalty to the convicts in the December 2012 gangrape incident. This article discusses the moral basis and dangers of relying on this form of punishment for deterring crime and providing justice. It proposes an approach that focuses on effective policing and law enforcement for crime prevention, together with measures of restitution for both the offender and the victim.
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Rape: The shame of a nation
Chandan Jha , Sudipta Sarangi
Posted on: 21/02/2014 00:00:00
Topics:   Gender , Crime


The proliferating number of rape incidents in India is chilling. This column discusses the various perspectives on the causes of rape, and the economic, social and legal factors that play a role in the high incidence of this crime in the country. It suggests taking steps to increase the cost of rapes for the perpetrators.
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The power of women’s political voice
Lakshmi Iyer , Anandi Mani
Posted on: 17/06/2013 00:00:00

With more women in power, can India’s women expect to see a fall in violent crime committed against them? This column looks at the effect of a law to mandate minimum numbers for women in public office – its findings are both surprising and encouraging.
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The Chit fund crisis: Should not put all financial intermediaries in the same bracket
Abhijit Banerjee , Maitreesh Ghatak
Posted on: 03/05/2013 00:00:00
Topics:   Finance , Crime


The government has announced a bailout package for the participants of unregulated saving schemes that have been put at risk by the current Chit fund crisis in West Bengal. In this article, Banerjee and Ghatak caution against putting deposit-takers and micro-lenders in the same bracket while considering stricter financial regulation to prevent recurrence of such events.
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Violence against married women in India: Can the data tell us anything?
Sreeparna Ghosh
Posted on: 11/02/2013 00:00:00
Topics:   Gender , Crime


Violence against women in India has recently been brought to the world’s attention. But for too long the problem has been under reported. This column looks at what the data can tell us.
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Looking for icons to transform social norms
Debraj Ray
Posted on: 28/01/2013 00:00:00
Topics:   Gender , Crime


What can be done to reduce the incidence of rape? This article proposes that messages from role models such as cricketers and film stars can change outlooks. It outlines a strategy for measuring the effects of the proposed policy.
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India’s missing women by age and state
Siwan Anderson , Debraj Ray
Posted on: 11/01/2013 00:00:00
Topics:   Gender , Crime


This column presents results of a study that breaks down “missing women” by age across the Indian states. It illustrates that Indian women face the risk of excess mortality at every stage of their lives, and attempts to explain excess female deaths in India after birth.
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