RCTs for policy in India - Ethical Considerations,...

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have become a popular methodological choice for policy analysis in the developing world. Through a review of literature in multiple disciplines,...

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Grants from Centre and States' Fiscal Marksma...

In this paper, we undertake a study of 28 states to establish the issues with their revenue budgets’ fiscal marksmanship. We particularly focus on the grants received from the Ce...

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Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among workers returning t...

In light of the Indian lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many migrant workers outlfew from cities. This research tests the prevalence of the virus among re...

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Policing in a Pandemic

The ongoing public health crisis due to COVID-19, coupled with the nationwide lockdown and the impending economic hardships, has created a unique law and order challenge. This note...

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Kerala's strategies for Covid-19 response

This note comprehensively documents the policies and strategies that Kerala government adopted in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As other states develop their own guidelines ...

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Global strategies for Covid-19 response

With Indian states developing their own guidelines and strategies for COVID-19 response, this document details the various measures adopted by other countries. Based on a review of...

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Indian state strategies for Covid-19 response

With Indian states developing their own guidelines and strategies for COVID-19 response, this note documents policy decisions and announcements of all Indian states (except Kerala)...

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PM Garib Kalyan Yojana: Coverage, Identification a...

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) is a relief package of Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore announced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme is built upon twelve different schemes al...

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Unlock Mumbai's land revenue to upgrade the c...

In early February, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced a budget of Rs 33,441 crore. The body has jurisdiction over 13 million people — and Mumbai requires sign...

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Antitrust and Zero-price Digital Platforms: An Ind...

This paper looks at digital platforms that provide “free” services and analyses the application of Indian competition law to them. It elaborates on why the scale and charact...

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Fiscal Modernisation: Lessons for India from the W...

This paper charts how western economies raised income tax over time in order to identify learnings for India. It draws on Piketty and Qian’s paper where they argue that ...

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Assessing Cities’ Labour Market Efficiencies usi...

Mumbai’s congestion is infamous. The megacity’s roads are clogged every single day, leading to something far worse than simple inconvenience. It means the destruction of the ci...

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The Indian Macro Policy Playbook: Time for a Fresh...

Indian macro policy has been operating under an implicit 2-4-6-8 framework, which are the targets for the sustainable current account deficit, the desired level of retail inflation...

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Mismatched Governance: Exploring the Relationship ...

This Working Paper by former Senior Associate, Komal Hiranandani, was submitted to Cornell University as her Master of Science thesis, and was partially supported by...

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Political Diversity and Competition in India

Utilising data on election results from 1952 to 2017, covering all 16 Lok Sabha or Parliamentary Constituency elections and last 3 elections for each state/UT assemblies, this pape...

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Is the World Retreating from Globalisation?

The past two centuries have witnessed growth in international trade along with a spread of liberal ideas and democracy across countries. In this paper, Vivek Dehejia & James De...

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India’s Curious Case of Economic Divergence

Economic theory suggests that we should observe convergence in income per capita among countries or within regions in a large federal country. While there is considerable evidence ...

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What’s in a Definition?: A Study on Implications...

In this paper, Vaidehi Tandel, Komal Hiranandani & Mudit Kapoor discuss the political economy of definitions of urban and rural in India. When using alternative definition...

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IDFC-U Roundtable on “Facilitating an Easy Marke...

IDFC Institute hosted a private roundtable on “Facilitating an Easy Market for Affordable Housing Development in India” with developers, financiers, policy experts, and academi...

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Impact of Inflation on Electoral Outcomes in India

The established wisdom is that inflation and prices play a significant role in Indian voter behaviour. That the average voter will be hurt by rising prices and demonstrate her disa...

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