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Social mobility among disadvantaged groups in India

In recent decades, India has experienced rapid economic growth alongside radical affirmative action programs enacted since independence. This column explores what we know about the impact on social mobility...

Social mobility India Equality
Book Chapter
India: employment and inequality trends

From the book: Tasks, skills, and institutions

Skills Tasks Earnings inequality
Working Paper
The impact of affirmative action in India and the United States: A systematic literature review

This paper provides a systematic review of quantitative literature investigating the success of affirmative action policies in addressing socio-economic inequalities between ethnic groups in education and employment...

Affirmative action Systematic review Inequalities
13th B.G. Kumar Lecture Is India a Land of Opportunity? delivered by Professor Kunal Sen

The recording of this lecture is available here . Professor Kunal Sen delivers the 13th B.G. Kumar Lecture on 'Is India the Land of Opportunity?' at the Center for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The lecture begins at...

21 November 2022
CDS, Prasanth Nagar, Medical College P.O., Ulloor, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Past event
In memory of Ela Ramesh Bhatt — The gentle revolutionary

Ela Ramesh Bhatt, the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association ( SEWA ) of India, passed away on 2 November 2022...

Informality Labour unions Labour movement
Working Paper
Marriage market responses in the wake of a natural disaster in India

This paper examines the impact of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake on age at marriage and other assortative matching outcomes...

Age at marriage India Earthquake
Urban poverty: cities, slums, and the need for policy action

Developing countries will be predominantly urban by 2030...

Social mobility India Urbanization
Working Paper
The COVID-19 pandemic and poor women’s agency: A case of domestic workers in Delhi

Studies on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated that poor women have been the worst sufferers in terms of pay cuts and job losses. Women are the hardest hit also at the household level...

Agency Cooperative conflicts Domestic workers
Working Paper
Who was impacted and how? COVID-19 pandemic and the long uneven recovery in India

We investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on income levels, poverty, and inequality in both the immediate aftermath and during the uneven recovery until December 2021 using high-frequency household survey data from India...

COVID-19 Poverty Inequality
Working Paper
The legal basis for affirmative action in India

The affirmative action policy in India came into practice because of the generations of struggle undergone by the untouchable castes and other backward classes, who were historically excluded from education and administration...

Affirmative action Reservation India
Want to catch up on UNU-WIDER research? Here are 10 of the most interesting papers published over the last year

In this blog, the managing editor of the WIDER Angle shares his personal view on some of the most important —and potentially overlooked— work recently released in the WIDER Working Paper Series...

Inequality Macroeconomics Indonesia
Working Paper
Is economic development affected by the leaders’ education levels?: Evidence from India

Although formal education is often considered an indicator of political leaders’ quality, the evidence on the effectiveness of educated leaders is mixed...

political leaders Elections Public goods
Working Paper
Elementary education in India versus China: Guidelines for NEP implementation

This paper documents the state of elementary education in India and China since the 1960s, key lessons for India from China’s shift in focus from ‘quantity’ to ‘quality’, and evidence-based guidelines for effective imple...

Education Schooling Education quality
Journal Article
Multigenerational mobility among males in India

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW | Most studies of intergenerational mobility focus on adjacent generations, and there is limited knowledge about multigenerational mobility—status transmission across three generations...

multigenerational mobility Occupational mobility Educational mobility
Can access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?

Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship...

India Informality Entrepreneurship
Journal Article
Effects of peers and rank on cognition, preferences, and personality

We exploit the variation in admission cutoffs across colleges at a leading Indian university to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on cognitive attainment, economic preferences, and Big Five personality traits...

Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
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