August 30, 2020
One nation, one tax, one act of God
In his column for the New Indian Express, Shankkar Aiyar comments on the Indian government's discourse on the economic slowdown. He urges for addressing State's due compensations and highlights a few solutions that the central government can a...
August 25, 2020
Our corona crunch is quite unlike any other crisis in recent times
In Mint, Niranjan Rajadhyaksha compares the macroeconomic variables of India’s previous economic crises with the current shock. He argues that the COVID-19 crisis is different, and calls for developing a new policy response.
August 24, 2020
Containing Covid-19 in megacities: Japan’s thoughtful urban planning has a lesson for the world
Kadambari Shah and Harshita Agrawal share their experience in visiting Japan. In this article, they highlight three key characteristics of the Japanese urban planning: maximising space, integrating public transport systems and focusing on quali...
August 07, 2020
Tackling Covid-19 through adaptive control: lessons from India
What's adaptive control? Dr. Vaidehi Tandel, Prof. Anup Malani, Luis Bettencourt, Satej Soman and Jonathan Gruber discuss a few lessons from India for tackling COVID-19....
July 22, 2020
Opinion | The return of workers to cities isn’t a sign of normalcy
In this article, Anup Malani and Vaidehi Tandel discuss the return of migrant workers from rural areas and its likely implications on the spread of COVID and the urban economy.
July 21, 2020
Opinion | Indian inflation and what the tea leaves have to say in a pandemic
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha discusses the case of Indian inflation—what explains its sharp spike when the pandemic struck and why in an economy expected to contract, it continues to be high.
July 15, 2020
Don’t blame dense cities. They have been resilient
Vaidehi Tandel and Reuben Abraham explain that it is not density, but socioeconomic factors, state capacity, and lack of experience which explain case load...
June 23, 2020
Opinion | Corona has put new forms of economic data into play
Niranjan Rajadhyaksha discusses disruptions to traditional national statistics amid the pandemic and the promise of and concerns with alternate high frequency data.
June 15, 2020
How Centrally Sponsored Schemes becoming a hurdle to Covid-19 fight
In this Financial Express article, IDFC Institute's Sharmada Srinivasan and Prakhar Misra discuss the shortcomings of centrally sponsored schemes in delivering COVID-19 response...
June 05, 2020
Covid is India’s big chance to fix police – from blunt force instrument to civilian service
The COVID-19 outbreak has provided an opportunity to reimagine police, which requires a focus on transformation of police-public relations and improving inter-agency coordination. Avanti Durani and Priya Vedavalli write in The Print about India...