February 11, 2020
Mumbai: Slow Commuting, Low Productivity
IDFC Institute's new working paper unearths the extent of Mumbai’s congestion, quantifies its economic and environmental costs and provides actionable results for policymakers by identifying chokepoints.
January 26, 2020
Why India has the fastest-growing cities
What explains the rapid urbanisation in Kerala? Vaidehi Tandel, Kadambari Shah and Harshita Agrawal at the IDFC Institute look into the reasons and the implications for governance.
January 15, 2020
The other data challenge: Measuring life in a metro
We need to know how many people enter cities, where they live, how they travel, and what they do for a living.
October 18, 2019
Assessing Cities’ Labour Market Efficiencies using Mumbai Commuting Data
We unearth the extent of Mumbai’s congestion, quantify its economic and environmental costs and provide actionable results for policymakers by identifying chokepoints.
August 19, 2019
Tapping Indian cities’ unrealised growth potential
Improving planning frameworks in India will enable urban areas to be more habitable and economically viable for labour and businesses, and drive economic growth.
August 18, 2019
Fix real estate mess to house growth
This article examines the real estate industry which poses an economic and systemic risk—the buyer without an asset and the builder with an unfinished project.
July 29, 2019
Indian cities need urgent reform to unlock their potential, says report
Indian cities are more urban than recognised and contribute between 59% and 70% of India’s GDP, says report. The survey says that Indian cities fall behind international peers on the staff-to population ratio.
July 19, 2019
Fast Fact: Investing in Public Transit Systems Improves Efficiency of Labour Markets
Enabling smooth movement of citizens is essential for cities to be productive. Poor planning has caused many cities to sprawl; without mass public transit, residents face escalating commute times and costs that erode productivity and impede mobility ...
July 18, 2019
Reforming Urban India
In this Reform Agenda, we present eight reforms to address some of the most pressing challenges facing India’s cities.
July 17, 2019
Fast Fact: Why we appreciate the New York City skyline more than the Mumbai one
Cities should improve their land utilisation through a variety of mechanisms, which include liberalising how much floor space can be built on a given plot of land.