25 August, 2015
75,000 Applicants for 30 Peon Positions in Chhattisgarh
In a display of the extent of unemployment and underemployment in India, over 75,000 applications were received for 30 available peon positions in the Directorate of Economics and Statistics of the Chhattisgarh government. The eligibility criterion was completing Class V, but engineers and post...
24 August, 2015
Why Kerala is a development model and Uttar Pradesh a basket case
In this Mint article, Pramit Bhattacharya discusses 'sub-nationalism' as an explanation of intra-state variation in India.
"In the mid-19th century, both regions that correspond to the present-day states of Kerala and UP, Travancore and the North-Western Provinces, respectively, were poor ...
24 August, 2015
Study Claims Google Has the Power to Control Elections
A recent study by Robert Epstein and Ronald Robertson on "The search engine manipulation effect (SEME) and its possible impact on the outcomes of elections" claims:
"i) biased search rankings can shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20% or more, (ii) the shift can be much high...
21 August, 2015
World's first solar-powered airport
Cochin International Airport is all set to emerge as the world's first airport that will use solar energy to meet its energy requirements. This Quartz article says that "On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)—India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of pass...
19 August, 2015
Pricing the OROP
In this article that appeared in Mint, Ajay Shah and Renuka Sane discuss the importance of considering the cost of implementing OROP.
"Before we make up our minds on OROP, it is useful to ask what it would cost. A pension is like an annuity, a stream of payments until the recipient is alive...
18 August, 2015
Watch Shruti Rajagopalan's Interview on Private Cities
Shruti Rajagopalan, Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College, talks to IDFC Institute's Pritika Hingorani on her paper "Lessons from Gurgaon: India's Private City", written with Alexander T. Tabarrok, Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at George ...
28 July, 2015
India’s suicide problem
Important research by Shamika Ravi, Fellow Brookings Institution, with inputs from Mudit Kapoor, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute on what the numbers tell us about the farmer suicide narrative, in this Indian Express article
"Studying the data for all suicides in India, we note tha...
15 July, 2015
Vivek Dehejia invited to attend the Santa Colomba Conference
Resident Fellow Vivek Dehejia was an invited member of the Santa Colomba Conference, a small, high-level, by-invitation-only event that Nobel Laureate in Economics Robert Mundell has held periodically at his villa near Siena, Palazzo Mundell, periodically since 1971. This year's theme was "Currency ...
02 July, 2015
Villagers in Sirsa Crowdfund Rs. 1 Crore for Bridge
Residents of nine villages in Haryana's Sirsa district funded a 250 foot long, 14 foot wide bride over a river so that they could take their farm produce to nearby areas faster. This Economic Times article reports that work began on the bridge in 2014, and a 25-member committee supervising...
24 June, 2015
Milan Vaishnav Writes on Continuity and Change in Voter Behaviour
In a recent paper, Dr. Milan Vaishnav, Associate in the South Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, examines Indian voter behaviour, a topic he also recently discussed in an IDFC-U discussion on "New Rules for Indian Politics"?
In the paper he writes: