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

IEG Webinar on "Unlocking the Indian Economy", 7 May 2020 | 4:00 - 5:15 PM (IST)

Webinar Speakers:
Prof Kaushik Basu
Naushad Forbes
Prof  Ajit Mishra, Ajit Mishra is the current Director of the Institute of 

Date :May 07,2020

Seminar on "Becoming what you Teach: The Struggle for Coherent Selves amongst Delhi Education Social Entrepreneurs, by Rich Thornton, March 13, 2020.


Date :Mar 13,2020

Seminar on "Our Place in the Future’: Chalaaki as Coping among the Young Men in a Mining Project Refinery Area"

In the 1990s, the Dalit-Adivasi communities in Kashipur in South Odisha fiercely resisted the setting up of a mining company in their area over fears of dispossession. Any work done by the company or the government in aiding..


Date :Mar 05,2020

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Seminar on "Growth Slowdown, Reforms and Recovery"

Speaker: Dr. Arvind Virmani, Chairman, EGROW Foundation

This paper analysis the collapse of GDP growth in 2019-20, tracing it to institutional changes introduced between 2014-2019. Though many of these changes are designed to improve the efficiency, long term productivity and ...


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Date :Feb 28,2020

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Seminar on "Gender Peer Effects in High Schools: Evidence from India"

Speaker: Professor Tridip Ray

This paper presents strong evidence about the existence of gender peer effects in high schools in India using a unique dataset. We use a new administrative dataset from the Central Board of Secondary Education which is the single largest board of education...


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Date :Feb 21,2020

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Seminar on "To Support or not to Support: Some Farm Policy Options and Implications"

Speaker: Professor C.S.C Sekhar

A large number of programs have been initiated to support agriculture in the last few years in India. These include programs on irrigation, insurance, marketing, price support etc. But some of these programs, initiated particularly in the...


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Date :Jan 31,2020

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Seminar on "The Men can’t do it because they would go straight to Jail: Everyday political action in North Indian informal, migrant settlements"

Speaker: Ms. Febe De Geest

Some scholars have pointed towards the various ways in which youth are ‘shaping the city’ as an outcome of their social and political actions, such as cleaning the neighbourhood, building community spaces and organizing dance and theatre workshops...


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Date :Jan 24,2020

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Seminar on "Touch thee not: Group conflict, Caste Power, and Untouchability in Rural India"

Speaker: Prof. Indraneel Dasgupta

We investigate the impact of community power on the practice of untouchability - the avoidance of physical contact – engaged in by upper and intermediate caste (OBC) Hindus vis-à-vis ‘scheduled’ castes (SCs) in...


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Date :Jan 10,2020

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