November 03, 2020
RCTs for policymaking: Ethical and methodological considerations
The last decade has seen an increased adoption of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for answering policy questions in developing countries. RCTs are being preferred over other research methods mainly for their reduced risk of bias. However, multipl...
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 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....
December 02, 2019
GDP: How deep is the slowdown?
A closer look at the recent GDP data and core sector growth rates to highlight implications for government spending.
March 20, 2019
Big Data Economists and their Role in Shaping the Future
In this Mint article, Niranjan Rajyadhyaksha, Research Director and Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute, writes about the growing use of digital data in economic analysis and how it will revolutionise public policy in the coming future...
January 31, 2018
Ten Things I Learnt From The Economic Survey
The Economic Survey of 2017-18 was presented recently by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, who said that he learnt 10 new things while preparing this survey.
September 04, 2017
How to Kill Cities: A Primer on Unsmart Policies
In this New Indian Express article, Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute talks about the key issues in urban governance that plague Indian cities, using the backdrop of the recent flash floods that brought life in the country's financial c...
July 08, 2017
Has 70 Years Of Redistribution From Rich States to Poor States Worked?
Praveen Chakravarty, in this piece for Bloomberg Quint explores the data on per capita income, literacy rate, median age and life expectancy, to see if redistribution from richer to poorer states has helped in reducing the gap between the state's ...
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.