Growing through cities in India

Ejaz Ghani, William Kerr, Ishani Tewari, 11 July 2014



Urbanisation and development are tightly linked (Duranton and Puga 2013). Developing countries are urbanising at a much faster pace than developed countries. For instance, China’s and India’s economic transformation and urbanisation is happening at 100 times the scale of the first country in the world to urbanise – the UK – and in just one-tenth of the time.

Topics: Development
Tags: growth, India, urbanisation

India – igniting inclusive growth by raising female economic participation

Piritta Sorsa, 18 June 2014



India is in many ways at a crossroads in mid-2014. It will have a new government, it will need ignition to restart the growth engine and make it more inclusive. But if this is to happen, then Indian women will have to be given the chance and the incentives to participate more in the labour market. Indian women already show signs of starting gradually to assert themselves more.

Topics: Gender, Labour markets
Tags: female labour market participation, gender gap, India

Job protection reform in India

Sean Dougherty, Veronica Frisancho, Kala Krishna, 8 May 2014



India has some of the more restrictive labour laws in the world, but a large informal sector to which these do not apply. Therefore, firms thinking of growing in size and becoming formal must trade off the advantages of size with the disadvantages of facing regulations. This dilemma keeps Indian firms small and informal unless they have a lot to gain by growing, i.e.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: India, labour market reform

What voters reward: Evidence from the 2009 Indian parliamentary elections

Poonam Gupta, Arvind Panagariya, 17 March 2014



Despite the intuitive appeal of the idea that good economic outcomes such as sustained rapid growth should help incumbents win elections, evidence on it has been scant, especially from developing countries.

Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: democracy, India, voting

Free lunch? Effect of India’s food subsidy programme on nutrition

Neeraj Kaushal, Felix Muchomba, 24 December 2013



In September the Indian government passed a food security bill guaranteeing 75% of the country’s rural population and 50% of its urban population 5 kilograms of food grain per person per month at heavily subsidised prices (Parliament of India 2013).

Topics: Development, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: food subsidy, India, nutrition

Policymaking in crises: Pick your poison

Kristin Forbes, Michael W Klein, 24 December 2013



In 2010, the Brazilian finance minister Guido Mantenga declared a ‘currency war’ because of the harmful effects of the strengthening of the real. He blamed the currency’s appreciation on easy money in advanced countries, and to a lesser extent on reserve accumulation in some emerging markets.

Topics: Exchange rates, Macroeconomic policy
Tags: Brazil, capital controls, currency war, exchange rates, foreign exchange reserves, global financial crisis, India, Indonesia

Perverse consequences of well-intentioned regulation: Evidence from India’s child-labour ban

Prashant Bharadwaj, Leah Lakdawala, Nicholas Li, 5 December 2013



Despite decades of near universal opposition to it, child labour is endemic. According to a recent report by the International Labour Organization, there are nearly 168 million child labourers, of whom 85 million work under hazardous conditions (ILO 2013).

There are many policy options to readdress this. Bans and regulations against child labour are among the most popular worldwide.

Topics: Development
Tags: child labour, India

The BRICs party is over

Anders Åslund, 4 September 2013



After a decade of infatuation, investors have suddenly turned their backs on emerging markets. In the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – growth rates have quickly fallen and current-account balances have deteriorated.1 The surprise is not that the romance is over but that it could have lasted for so long.

Topics: Development, International trade
Tags: Brazil, BRIC, BRICs, China, commodities, India, protectionism, Russia

India and the Emerging Market crisis

Marco Annunziata, 1 September 2013



India has come under siege this summer. The rupee has depreciated sharply since late July, and foreign exchange reserves dropped significantly. The pressure has been triggered by market concerns on the Fed’s intention to ‘taper’ its quantitative easing, against the background of a growth slowdown in China.

Topics: Development, International finance
Tags: India

Finance and Poverty: Evidence from India

Meghana Ayyagari, Thorsten Beck, Mohammad Hoseini, 2 June 2013

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Topics: Development, Financial markets, Migration, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: entrepreneurship, India, poverty alleviation

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