IEG Seminar | Do capital inflows lead to expansionary or contractionary effect? Evidence from Emerging countries. | Bhavesh Garg (IIT Ropar) and Pravakar Sahoo (IEG) | Thursday, April 8, 2021, 3.00 - 4.30 PM IST


With the increase in financial integration across the countries over the last three decades, Emerging Market Economies (EMSs) have experienced an unprecedented rise in cross-border capital inflows. The existing literature provides us evidence of both expansionary and contractionary effects of capital flows.



Date :Apr 06,2021

IEG Seminar | Breaking the glass-ceiling for women in manufacturing sector: evidence from Indian garment factories | Swati Sharma (IEG) | Thursday, April 1, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST

Women's under-representation at managerial roles in the manufacturing sector has been often explained as a consequence of supply-side constraints or outside labor market discrimination. However, these studies suffer from sample size issues and ignore demand-side perspectives. I overcome both issues by presenting different hypothetical situations to the intermediate managers of garment manufacturing factories to refer workers for promotion....


Date :Apr 01,2021

CDE (DSE) - IEG Seminar | Irrigation and Structural Transformation: Evidence from India | Aaditya Dar (ISB, Hyderabad) | Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST

Date :Mar 25,2021

IEG Seminar | Negative Reciprocity or the Golden Rule? Results from an experiment | Ajit Mishra (IEG) | Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3.00 - 4.30 PM IST


Date :Mar 16,2021

IEG Seminar | Conflict between class-divided communities with unequal sharing rules | Dripto Bakshi (IEG) | Thursday, March 11, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST

This paper examines how prior income inequality within a community combines with plunder sharing rules to affect decentralized individual efforts to expropriate another community, when the poor are dependent on the rich members of their community for the provision of public goods.  We show that an individual’s share of any rent accruing to a community, in consequence of expropriation of another community, may be a misleading proxy for her relative incentive to engage in inter-community conflict.  Our findings provide micro-foundations for situations where one income class within a community may free-ride on another in such conflicts, despite members of the former class all standing to gain nominally more income from inter-community conflict, than those of the latter...  

Date :Mar 11,2021

IEG Seminar | Costing of Health and Wellness centres: A case study of Gujarat | Kanksha Barman(IEG) & Avantika Ranjan(IEG) | Thursday, March 4, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST


The National Health Policy 2017 recommended the establishment of Health and Wellness Centres (HWC) as the primary platform to deliver comprehensive primary health care in India and emphasised that about two-thirds of the health budget of the government should be invested on primary care. In February 2018, the government announced its plan to create 1,50,000 HWCs under the Ayushman Bharat initiative by transforming the already existing Sub Centres (SCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Urban PHCs (UPHCs) as HWCs by 2022.... 

Date :Mar 04,2021

IEG Seminar | Financial Infrastructure and Micro-enterprise Performance: Evidence from India | S.K. Ritadhi (Ashoka University) | Friday, February 26, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST


How does financial infrastructure affect micro-enterprise performance? We study this question in the context of India's bank branch expansion policy initiated in 2006. The policy classified regions as ``underbanked'' if their ex-ante branch density was less than the national average branch density, and encouraged banks to open branches in these underbanked areas... 

Date :Feb 26,2021

IEG Seminar | Monetary Policy and Mispricing in the Equity Market | Sakshi Saini (Faculty, IEG) | Thursday, February 25, 2021, 3.30 - 5.00 PM IST

The global financial crisis of 2008 highlighted the transmission of financial risks to the global economy and revived the long-standing debate on whether monetary policy should respond to fluctuations in the asset prices away from their fundamentally justified values. Until the crisis, financial market conditions were not considered important while formulating monetary policy. However, the crisis brought concerns about financial instability to the forefront....


Date :Feb 25,2021

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

First National Commission Labour [1966-1969] and Second National Commission of Labour [1999-2002] : A Comparative Review


As our post-1947 planning objectives of an industrializing, import-substituting manufacturing economy made room for an export-oriented service economy  in globalizing mode, labor policy agendas underwent major changes.  From 1940s onwards, well into the 1970s, labour policy had revolved around principles of tripartism and protection of labor rights... 

Date :Feb 18,2021

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