IEG Seminar | Evaluating decision makers: Does gender matter? | Lata Gangadharan (Monash University) | Friday, February 19, 2021, 2.00 - 3.30 PM IST

Are failures and successes of female decision makers evaluated differently from those of male decision makers? Using experimental methodology, this paper studies whether gender distorts performance evaluation in risky environments. Decision makers make costly and unobserved effort choices. Outcomes are determined by a combination of their choices and luck. Evaluators form beliefs about effort choices and make discretionary payment decisions... 

Date :Feb 19,2021

IEG Seminar | Growth Matters? Revisiting the Enigma of Child Undernutrition in India. | Manoj Panda, IEG | Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST


Higher economic growth in the post-liberalization phase since the 1990s was expected to translate into rapid all around improvements in well-being of the people. A notable exception in defiance of this association is apparent in the form of a persistently high level of child undernutrition in the face of rapid economic growth in India. We revisit this discordant association in this paper.... 

Date :Feb 11,2021

IEG Seminar | Diversity in Development: No Magic Wands, Policy Analysis Beyond Development Economics | Veena Naregal, IEG | Friday, January 29th, 2021, 3.30-5:00 pm IST.


In contrast to other disciplines, development economics has persisted  with the naturalized assumption that  analysis must engage primarily with  nationally bounded societies as the apriori unit of analysis. Evidently such methodological nationalism is at odds with the scales of modern economic activity and mutations of contemporary policy-making, which have long been characterized by international flows of resources, production, work, labour, finance, value and ideas... 

Date :Jan 29,2021

IEG Seminar | Exploring the Convergence Puzzle in India | Anshuman Kamila ( IES Probationer 2019 Batch) | Thursday, January 28th, 2021, 3.30-5:00 pm IST.

The study of economic growth across countries is highly rewarding. Understanding the varied patterns of growth across countries is crucial because disparities in growth rates have, in due course of time, led to gaps in living standards and ‘welfare’. The Economic Survey 2016-17 (2017) conducts an empirical exercise for the β−convergence for i) countries of the world; ii) provinces of China and iii) states of India. ..

Date :Jan 28,2021

IEG - CDE(DSE) Seminar | Political Clientelism in West Bengal: Evidence and Budgetary Implications | Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University) | Friday, January 8th, 2021, 7.30-9:00 pm IST

This work provides a theory and empirical test for clientelism as distinguished from programmatic politics, based on how voters respond to delivery of private benefits versus local public goods. It further shows how program grants to GPs are manipulated by block and district officials depending on political competition and patterns of alignment of political control...


Date :Jan 05,2021

IEG Seminar | Time Preferences and Obesity: Evidence from Urban India | Archana Dang, IEG | Thursday, January 7th, 2021, 3.30-5:00 pm IST

 This paper employs a field experiment to examine the relationship between agents’ behavioral attributes of patience and self-control and the problem of excess weight and obesity. A primary survey in western Delhi was used to gather data on participants’ food choices and body mass index; and time preferences, as posited by the quasi-hyperbolic discounting model, were elicited using an incentivized choice-based experiment...

Date :Jan 05,2021

CDE(DSE)-IEG Seminar | Which women own land in India? | Prof. Bina Agarwal | Friday, December 11th, 2020, 3.30-5:00 pm

Measuring gender inequality in land ownership is essential for assessing progress in women's economic empowerment, tracing the impact of progressive laws, and monitoring SDG 5. To effectively assess inter-gender (male-female) gaps in land ownership, however, requires multiple measures. We also need to know which women are more likely to own land by tracing intra-gender differences... 

Date :Dec 11,2020

IEG Seminar on "Impact of Financial Access on Gender Gap in Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion: Evidence from India", Friday, November 26th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM through Zoom

Can expansion of bank branch network reduce gender-gap in entrepreneurship and financial inclusion in Indian rural economy? To explore this issue, we construct a novel village-level panel data where we observe the distance of each un-banked village from its nearest village/town with bank branch; and village-level enterprise data of three economic census rounds of 1998, 2005 and 2013. To account for endogenous placement of bank branches, we use a difference-in-difference methodology... 

Date :Nov 26,2020

Seminar : Consumption and income dynamics of the rural poor: Evidence for behavioral consumption theories using high-frequency household-level income-diary data in rural Uganda. Thursday, November 12th, 2020 | 6:30 PM through Zoom

Consumption and savings play a key role in the prevalence of chronic poverty. Yet the dynamics of consumption/savings with respect to income have been rarely explored due to a paucity of high-frequency data on a sufficient sample of households. We present a unique dataset and consider alternative behavioral models of consumption based on a unique dataset of weekly observations across 24 weeks on income, consumption, and savings from 480 coffee-producing households in eastern Uganda. We outline an econometric model which nests a range of behavioral phenomena including the rational expectations model associated with the Permanent Income Hypothesis/Life Cycle model... 

Date :Nov 12,2020

Seminar: Profiling Human Capital Investment: Earning Patterns from the Periodic Labour Survey. Friday, November 6th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM through Zoom

In this paper we attempt to profile workers in relation to the human capital that they have acquired. We do so by drawing on data from the PLFS (Periodic Labour Force Survey), which in itself is geared to capturing the employment status of individuals covered by the survey. In addition to garnering employment status, the survey carries information about education and training gained by the sampled individual, as well as some features about the households in which the individuals are located... 

Date :Nov 06,2020

Seminar: On Her Own Account: How Strengthening Women's Financial Control Impacts Labor Supply and Gender Norms. Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 6:30 PM IST (through) Zoom)

Can control over earned income incentivize women to work and influence gender norms? We report on a field experiment that randomly varied whether rural Indian women received individual bank accounts and whether their wages from a workfare program were deposited into these accounts versus the household head's account... 

Date :Oct 19,2020

Seminar : The Importance of Being Earnest: What Explains the Gender Quota Effect in Politics?. Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM, through zoom

The literature documenting the effect of gender quotas in elections on policy is extensive, and yet its potential mechanisms remain under-explored. In this paper we examine the relative importance of differential preference of women leaders (supply) vis-a-vis greater demand expressed by women voters in presence of female leadership in explaining gender quota effect. We compile data on household level allocation of a politically salient good—toilets—for the entire rural population (over 25 million households) of Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of India. We argue and show that women exhibit greater preference for toilets than men and this gender gap is significantly larger for Muslims than Hindus.... 

Date :Oct 16,2020

Seminar : Interlinked transactions in credit-output markets in Indian agriculture: Testing an old model with new data. Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM through Zoom

A long tradition of research on agricultural markets notes the presence of transactions that link credit and output transactions, where a trader-money lender engages with a farmer in both the credit and output markets. In particular, a lower price per unit of output prevails when such sales are tied to borrowing. Empirical research in developing economies have noted a gradual decline in such transactions.... 

Date :Oct 09,2020

Seminar : "Export Performance of Labour and Capital Intensive Manufacturing Industries in India". Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00PM Over Zoom

This paper makes an attempt to examine the export performance and its determinants of the Indian manufacturing sector. The paper found that the labor-intensive industries are more export-oriented than capital intensive industries. Foreign share and research and development have a positive relationship with the export performance of most of the industries classified under both labor-intensive and capital-intensive industry groups.... 

Date :Sep 25,2020

Joint Seminar on "Motivated Information Agents and Technology Adoption in Agriculture" , Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM

Information frictions limit the adoption of new agricultural technologies in developing countries. Most policy interventions seek ways of eliminating these frictions by targeting information treatments directly to selected farmers. We show that relying on supply-side agents, exploiting their business incentives to promote adoption, is more effective. Specifically, an information campaign targeted at private input suppliers makes them more likely to carry a new seed variety and ultimately increases farmer-level adoption by over 50 percent... 

Date :Sep 17,2020

Seminar on "The Limits and Possibilities of Regulatory Reform in Agricultural Markets: Insights from the Field", Friday, September 11th, 2020 | 3:30 - 5:00 PM through Zoom

The ‘APMC Act’ remains among the most widely commented upon and most deeply misunderstood laws governing Indian economic life. APMCs – Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees, more commonly known as mandis – are notified, physical primary markets designated as the main – and in some cases, the only – state-sanctioned sites for the regulation of the critical ‘first transaction’ between the primary producer and the buyer of his or her agricultural produce.... 

Date :Sep 11,2020

Seminar: Non-sampling errors and their implications: Evidence from NSSO Surveys in Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir, Friday, September 4, 2020, 3:30-5:00 PM( through Zoom)

Sample surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) are the most widely used sources of household level information about consumption, employment, and other socio-economic indicators in India. The representativeness of samples, the wide range of topics surveyed, and the availability of a long-time series are some of the reasons for the appeal of NSSO data for research and policy... 

Date :Sep 04,2020

Webinar "Indias Export Performance in the 21st Century: Performance, Policies, and Prospects", on Aug, 17th, 2020 at 6:00 pm


Date :Aug 17,2020

Seminar: Delegation using forward Induction, Friday, August 14, 2020, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

This paper explores a potentially important role of delegation: as a signal of trust that is reciprocated by more cooperation. I consider a static principal-agent model with two tasks, one of which requires cooperation between the principal and the agent...


Date :Aug 14,2020

Seminar on " Licensing and the Informal Sector in Rental Housing Markets: Theory and Evidence (co-authored with Jeremy Schwartz and Kerry Tan)", at 04-5:30 PM on 07 Aug 2020

Although the goal of licensing is to ensure the quality of services, it can also induce firms to operate informally or exit altogether. This paper examines licensing in the rental housing market by developing a model that indicates licensing’s impact on the size of the underground rental market, the number of vacancies, and homelessness are ambiguous. As a result, we calibrate the model using a unique dataset from Baltimore, which allows us to directly observe underground rentals and vacancies.  

Date :Aug 07,2020

Seminar "Economic Impact of the Rohingya Refugees: A Natural Experiment" through zoom on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 3:30-5:00 p.m.

The Rohingya crisis is the fourth largest displacement of population in the world, with most of the refugees sheltering in neighbouring Bangladesh. We use this event as a natural experiment to examine the impact of the sudden ináux of Rohingyas on the prices in the host regions of Bangladesh. .. 

Date :Jul 17,2020

Webinar on the occasion of World Population Day 2020 : SAFEGUARDING THE HEALTH INTERESTS AND RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS: WHAT DOES THE COVID-19 CRISIS ENTAIL?" on July 11th at 10:30 am

On the occasion of World Population Day, i.e., July 11, 2020; the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) in collaboration with the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP) have hosted a webinar to address the broad arrays of contemporary population issues in light of public and global health, government affairs, and overall pandemic preparedness. 

Date :Jul 11,2020

Seminar through zoom: Intra-household Conflict and Female Labour Force Participation on Friday, July 3, 2020, 3.30-5:00 p.m.

The low level of participation of women in the labour force has emerged as cause of concern from the perspective of gender equality and as an impediment to economic development, in India, over the past few decades... 

Date :Jul 03,2020

Webinar on "Strengthening Information Systems to Support Programme Coverage with Quality" on Jun 24, 2020 from 2-3.30 pm

Anemia Mukt Bharat: An Integrated Nutrition and Health Information System and Roll of information system in system building block... 

Date :Jun 24,2020



Date :May 20,2020