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– Empirical Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms
Karishma Banga - European Journal of Development Research, 2021

THIS ARTICLE IS ON EARLY VIEW. This article provides empirical evidence on the impact of digitalisation on product upgrading in global value chains (GVCs). Analysis is done for a sample of Indian manufacturing GVC firms in the period 2001–15 from the firm-level database Prowess, using...

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– Evidence from India
Shreya Bhattacharya - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

The contact hypothesis posits that having diverse neighbours may reduce one’s intergroup prejudice. This hypothesis is difficult to test as individuals self-select into neighbourhoods. Using a slum relocation programme in India that randomly assigned neighbours, I examine the effects of...

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– Evidence from India
Sudipa Sarkar - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses whether living in a locality with high crime against women affects the probability of early marriage—that is, marriage before the legal age of marriage of girls. We hypothesize that parents who perceive themselves to live in a high-crime locality would marry their...

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Anustup Kundu, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Most studies of intergenerational mobility focus on adjacent generations, and there is limited knowledge about multigenerational mobility—that is, status transmission across three generations. We examine multigenerational educational and occupational mobility in India, using a nationally...

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– Evidence from a field experiment in India
Upasak Das, Amartya Paul, Mohit Sharma - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

Does information dissemination among beneficiaries of welfare programmes mitigate their implementation failures? We present experimental evidence in the context of a rural public works programme in India, where we assess the impact of an intervention that involves dissemination of publicly...

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Venugopal Mothkoor, Nina Badgaiyan - UNU-WIDER, 2021 - Helsinki, Finland

We measure multidimensional poverty in India using National Sample Survey Organization data from 2014–15 to 2017–18. We use income, health, education, and standard of living to measure the multidimensional poverty index (MPI). The MPI headcount declined from 26.9 to 13.75 per cent...

Saon Ray, Sabyasachi Kar - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Policy makers seeking inclusive growth frequently face the developer’s dilemma between prioritizing structural transformation, which is potentially inequitable, and keeping a check on rising economic inequality. How this dilemma is resolved by different countries and what factors influence...

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– The role of occupational task content
Saloni Khurana, Kanika Mahajan - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

We examine data for urban workers in the non-agricultural sector across three decades, 1983–2017, and find that earnings inequality increased during 1983–2004, was largely stable during 2004–11, and decreased during 2011–17. We explore whether decline in routine jobs...

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– The case of BRICS
Goodness C. Aye - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

As the world battles with the triple problems of social, economic, and environmental challenges, it has become important to focus both policy and research efforts on these. Therefore, this study examines the effect of wealth inequality on CO2 emissions in five emerging economies: Brazil, Russia,...

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Rajesh Raj Natarajan, Simone Schotte, Kunal Sen - Economic & Political Weekly, 2020 - Mumbai

The Indian labour market is characterized by a high level of informality, with large numbers of workers in poorly paid ‘lower-tier’ informal jobs, and somewhat better paid ‘upper-tier’ informal jobs, which do not have the same benefits and security of tenure as formal jobs...

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– Evidence from India
Rachel M. Gisselquist, Anustup Kundu - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

A growing body of research shows that COVID-19 both reflects and exacerbates existing inequalities. However, there are significant gaps in this research area with respect to ‘horizontal’ or group-based inequalities in Global South countries. Lack of group-disaggregated data often...

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– India’s informal sector firms
Ira N. Gang, Rajesh Raj Natarajan, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

How does informal economic activity respond to increased financial inclusion? Does it become more entrepreneurial? Does access to new financing options change the gender configuration of informal economic activity and, if so, in what ways and what directions? We take advantage of nationwide...

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– Rational expectations of disadvantaged groups in India
Pooja Balasubramanian - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

This study uses data collected from school students in Mumbai to investigate how they perceive subjective expected returns for different levels of education in an environment that includes labour market discrimination. We are particularly keen to observe subjective returns to education for...

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– Patterns, correlates, and consequences
Rajesh Raj Natarajan, Simone Schotte, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

The Indian labour market is characterized by a high level of informality, with large numbers of workers in poorly paid ‘lower-tier’ informal jobs, and somewhat better paid ‘upper-tier’ informal jobs, which do not have the same benefits and security of tenure as formal jobs...

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Vidhya Unnikrishnan, Kunal Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2020 - Helsinki, Finland

Whether cash transfers have unintended behavioural effects on the recipient household’s labour supply is of considerable policy interest. We examine the ‘intent to treat effect’ of the Indira Gandhi National Old-Age Pension Scheme on prime-age women’s labour supply...

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– Evidence from an insurgency in India
Heidi Kaila, Saurabh Singhal, Divya Tuteja - World Development, 2020

India has employed a variety of military, political and economic measures to combat the long running insurgency in Kashmir with little evidence on what contributes to stability in the region. This paper uses a variety of tests to detect structural breaks in the time series for violence over the...

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