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– A case of domestic workers in Delhi
Deepita Chakravarty, Nandini Nayak - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

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. They have to bear the brunt of constrained household budgets and have also encountered...

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Mrinalini Jha, Rahul Lahoti - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

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. We find that the average household incomes dropped sharply...

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– Evidence from India
Vinitha Varghese - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

I evaluate the impact of the right to education from the passing of the Right to Education Act in India in 2009. This Act guaranteed free education to children aged 6–14 years, including children with disabilities. Given that the school participation deficit associated with disability is...

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– Interrogating capacity and response to COVID-19 in West Bengal
Zaad Mahmood, Achin Chakraborty - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

COVID-19 has brought to the fore the issue of state preparedness in mitigating health emergencies. This paper problematizes the received wisdom of greater state capacity in mitigating the severity of the pandemic. Based on a case study of West Bengal, a subnational state of India, it shows...

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Kiruba Munusamy - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

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. As society changed, it was inevitable that the vulnerable groups who...

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– Evidence from India
Chandan Jain, Shagun Kashyap, Rahul Lahoti, Soham Sahoo - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

Although formal education is often considered an indicator of political leaders’ quality, the evidence on the effectiveness of educated leaders is mixed. Besides, minimum education qualifications are increasingly being used as requirements for contesting elections, making it critical to...

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– Guidelines for NEP implementation
Naveen Kumar, Vinitha Varghese - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

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 implementation of India’s New Education Policy...

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– Uttar Pradesh’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Indrajit Roy - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

A rich and growing literature illustrates the paradox of COVID-19 responses by governments across the world. States with higher levels of authority and capacity have struggled to respond effectively to COVID-19, while states with low capacity and authority have been more effective in containing...

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Jos Chathukulam, Manasi Joseph - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

During the first wave of COVID-19 infections, Kerala, a state in southern India, successfully managed to contain the pandemic. As a result, the Kerala model of managing the COVID-19 pandemic was celebrated as a success across the globe. However, at the time of writing, it looks like the...

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Anustup Kundu, Kunal Sen - Review of Income and Wealth, 0

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. We examine multigenerational educational and occupational mobility in...

Ira N. Gang, Rajesh Raj S.N., Kunal Sen - Ideas4India, 2022

Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship. Using 2010-11 and 2015-16 National Sample Survey data, this article shows that policy actions of the Indian government to increase...

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Utteeyo Dasgupta, Subha Mani, Smriti Sharma, Saurabh Singhal - The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2022

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. Using a regression discontinuity design, we find that...

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– Understanding it through the beginning and end of the Mahila Samakhya programme
Jyotsna Jha, Niveditha Menon, Neha Ghatak - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper analyses the political economy of women’s-empowerment-related policy-making in India through a re-examination of the context of both the genesis and closure of a major programme, Mahila Samakhya. Mahila Samakhya, which embodied feminist philosophy and pedagogy, started in 1987...

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Avinash Kumar, Manish Kumar - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper presents a critical analysis of official data related to COVID-19 in Bihar state, India, which points to the manipulation of data for political ends. The ruling party’s claim that the state managed the COVID pandemic brilliantly seems more politically motivated than scientific...

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– Interrogating state capacity and its fault lines
Manish K Jha - UNU-WIDER, 2022 - Helsinki, Finland

The state of Maharashtra and the city of Mumbai have been referred to as the epidemic epicentre of India since the time of the plague of 1896 and influenza epidemic of 1918. During the COVID-19 pandemic too, the state experienced the highest cases with maximum fatalities. Against the...

Rachel M. Gisselquist, Anustup Kundu - Ideas For India, 2022 - London, UK

The Omicron variant resulted in a third major wave of Covid-19 in India, with the number of cases exceeding those in the second wave, albeit causing less severe illness on average. In this post, Kundu and Gisselquist draw on several nationally representative data sources to illuminate key Covid-...

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