May 23, 2017
The Promise of 100 New Cities and Messed Opportunity
Can incrementalism deliver amidst the inadequacy of capacity and funds? More pertinently, why shelve the idea of new cities?
May 09, 2017
Niti Aayog Action Agenda: All Agenda, Little Action
Niti Aayog's 208-page Action Agenda falls short on the advice of two former Prime Ministers, by failing to outline how the proposed reforms will be implemented
May 08, 2017
Why Governments Make Poor Economic Choices
Apart from the clear electoral incentives, this Indian predilection– a statist mindset– leads to populist policymaking too
May 05, 2017
The Paradox of India’s Vacant Houses
15% of Mumbai's housing stock lies vacant. Here, the slums are full but thousands of homes lie vacant.
May 04, 2017
UNDERSTANDING NITI AAYOG’S ACTION AGENDA
Vivek Dehejia and Pravin Krishna analyse NITI Aayog's 3-year agenda and find much to praise in its vision and approach
May 03, 2017
WHY ARE SO MANY HOUSES VACANT?
Ever wondered why people buy houses but keep them vacant? 11 million (1.10 crore) homes in India currently lie vacant, that's 12% of the total houses in Indian cities.
May 02, 2017
THE PARTY IS OVER
The Aam Aadmi Party is a media-made tide, not a true political party with either an ideological base or a solid reason to exist. This was proven yet again in the recently concluded Delhi Municipal Elections.
April 28, 2017
India’s Capital Markets: Boon Or Bane?
Praveen Chakravarty, Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute examines why Indian capital markets are not performing their basic function of channelling household savings to Indian industry.
April 20, 2017
Safety Trends and Reporting of Crime (SATARC)
A survey of 20,597 households across Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.
April 17, 2017
Silly Season and the Stampede of Mad Hatter Notions
The question is not whether governments are right or wrong. The question is whether the measures mooted will deliver the objectives.
April 11, 2017
Budgeting For The Police
Higher allocations by themselves are not enough, the structure of budgetary allocations can have an impact on police performance.
April 10, 2017
Will the GST increase political fragmentation?
Vivek Dehejia, Sr. Fellow at IDFC Institute, on whether the GST has the potential to exacerbate the growing economic divergence in the country.
April 06, 2017
Why We Don’t See Wrestlers From Tamil Nadu Or Runners From Bihar And Haryana
Why some states do better than others at some sports, Kadambari Shah and Prakhar Mishra, look into the numbers for this insightful piece in the Firstpost.
April 03, 2017
Zero Loss, Zero Tax and the Contest of Flawed Narratives
In this New Indian Express Article, Shankkar Aiyer, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute, weighs in on the seemingly low number of tax payers in India. In the article, Shankkar looks at why the number tax payers in India has been low historically...
March 30, 2017
Looking Back at Demonetisation
Looking back at demonetisation: The concerns of its legion of critics have all been proven plain wrong
March 29, 2017
The Rental Housing Approach for India
The potential of rental housing to meet the housing conundrum of a rapidly urbanizing India should not be ignored.
March 28, 2017
Dismantling the Permit Raj in Housing
Stringent land-use regulations have been a major source of housing market distortions in Indian cities
March 27, 2017
Why Care About Inequality?
In the real world, accumulated inequalities of outcomes can, and do, become embedded in inequalities of opportunity and access.
March 23, 2017
India’s Income Divergence: Governance or Development Model?
March 22, 2017
Income Divergence: Governance or Development Model?
Within most of the large states, the economic gap between richer and poorer districts is widening, not narrowing.