April 01, 2014
Re-Thinking Urban Planning in India: Learning from the wedge between the de jure and de facto development in Mumbai
This paper shows the wedge between planned and actual land use and discusses the reasons for this dichotomy through an empirical study of an area in Mumbai
March 20, 2014
Indian elections: Debunking the debunked myths
An analysis of vote share data and pre-poll alliances shows India is keeping true to its diverse federalism
March 03, 2014
The mathematics of the 'Modi Wave'
Data suggest that the BJP will have to deliver five per cent more seats than its best-ever performance to achieve 'Mission 272+'
February 25, 2014
Why Urban Administrators are Poor Service Providers
In this Business Standard article, IDFC Chairman Rajiv Lall explains: “Our administrative machinery was designed to serve only two tiers of government: the Centre and state."...
February 01, 2014
Real Estate Prices in Mumbai: Does the Metro have an impact?
The paper estimates the impact of various neighbourhood, spatial, and externality factors on residential prices in Mumbai
January 06, 2014
The math behind Jayalalithaa's prime ministerial ambitions
The Tamil Nadu chief minister's aspirations to be PM seem entirely logical with more multi-cornered contests, uncertainty in Andhra Pradesh and the winner-takes-all history of elections in Tamil Nadu
November 28, 2013
Independent candidates: Party-poopers in disguise?
In our electoral system of first-past-the-post, the probability that an independent will influence the eventual outcome of an election is statistically high
November 03, 2013
Revisiting the Real Estate Bill 2013
This journal article compares various provisions of the bill with international best practices and state legislation for reforms in the real estate sector
June 23, 2013
Aadhaar and the rhetoric of fear
Five years on, we need to examine our xenophobic reactions and paranoia of the intrusive state.
May 03, 2007
Can India afford its villages?
IDFC Institute CEO Reuben Abraham and Atanu Dey write in Mint: "Clearly, anyone who lives in the average Indian village and has access to information and money would like to leave for towns and cities."...