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Economic policy

Why Economic Policymakers are silent on #MeToo ?

29/10/2018

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When #metoo revelations hit the global conscience as a compelling case for strengthening Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE), one crucial question that remains unanswered is what exactly the macroeconomic policy makers of our country think about it. 
 
Can macroeconomic policy makers be indifferent to such issues, dismissing it as ...

Economic policy making: Moving on

05/10/2018

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Gita Gopinath, incoming economic counsellor to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Paul Krugman, recipient of the 2008 Economics Nobel prize, have separately made important contributions to thinking about economic policy that are highly relevant for India. They argue that* (1) cookie-cutter macroeconomics needs to be questioned in its foundations ...

Cess Collection and Spending: A Brief Review on the Basis of Union Budget 2018-19

21/02/2018

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In the Union budget 2018-19, the government has not made any change in income tax rate, but has made substantial changes in cess types and rates. During the financial year 2017-18, the Union Government abolished more than 20 types of cess and introduced GST compensation cess. In the current budget ...


MGNREGA: Has Direct Fiscal Transfer provided more jobs to women?

03/07/2017

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[Co-authored with Yadawendra Singh]

 

Globally, a direct employment transfer - a job guarantee programme - is an “employer of last resort” fiscal policy, which envisions the government bearing a guarantee to provide paid work opportunities of predictable duration at a predetermined wage for public works. Though many such job guarantee initiatives ...


Is Aadhaar grounded in adequate law and regulations?

30/03/2017

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[Co-authored with Renuka Sane]
 
The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 ["the Aadhaar Act"], as the name suggests, aims at targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services by providing unique identity numbers based on an individual's demographic and biometric information. Enrollment into ...