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The legal basis for affirmative action in India

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...

Affirmative action Political reservations India
Blog
Want to catch up on UNU-WIDER research? Here are 10 of the most interesting papers published over the last year

In this blog, the managing editor of the WIDER Angle shares his personal view on some of the most important —and potentially overlooked— work recently released in the WIDER Working Paper Series...

Inequality Macroeconomics Indonesia
Working Paper
Is economic development affected by the leaders’ education levels?: Evidence from India

Although formal education is often considered an indicator of political leaders’ quality, the evidence on the effectiveness of educated leaders is mixed...

political leaders Elections Public goods
Working Paper
Elementary education in India versus China: Guidelines for NEP implementation

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 imple...

Education Schooling Education quality
Journal Article
Multigenerational mobility among males in India

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...

multigenerational mobility Occupational mobility Educational mobility
Blog
Can access to finance spur entrepreneurship in Indian informal sector?

Credit constraints, a consequence of the widespread failure of credit markets in developing countries, are widely regarded as a key constraint to entrepreneurship...

India Informality Entrepreneurship
Journal Article
Effects of peers and rank on cognition, preferences, and personality

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...

Cognitive attainment Behaviour Personality
Blog
COVID-19 in India: cases, deaths, and vaccinations

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...

COVID-19 India
Journal Article
Digital Technologies and Product Upgrading in Global Value Chains: Empirical Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms

This article provides empirical evidence on the impact of digitalisation on product upgrading in global value chains (GVCs)...

Technology Global value chains Manufacturing
Working Paper
Women’s inheritance rights and time use: Evidence from Hindu Succession Act in India

This paper examines the impact of the Hindu Succession Act on married women’s time use in India. The Hindu Succession Act was amended between 1976 and 2005 by giving equal inheritance rights to women for inheriting property...

Time use Inheritance and succession Women
Journal Article
Finance, gender and entrepreneurship: India’s informal sector firms

Part of Journal Special Issue What sustains informality

Entrepreneurship Financial constraints Gender
Journal Article
Multigenerational mobility among males in India

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...

multigenerational mobility Occupational mobility Educational mobility
Working Paper
The gender productivity gap: Evidence from the Indian informal sector

We examine the patterns and correlates of the productivity gap between male-owned and female-owned firms for informal enterprises in India...

Gender Productivity gap India
Book Chapter
Income mobility in the developing world: Recent approaches and evidence

From the book: Social mobility in developing countries

Intragenerational mobility Intergenerational Mobility Welfare dynamics
Working Paper
Technology and clientelist politics in India

This paper argues that new computer, smartphone, and universal ID technologies are reducing the incentives for political clientelism in the delivery of social programmes in India, especially by allowing party leaders to bypass local brokers to credit...

Clientelism India Technology
Working Paper
Childbirth and women’s labour market transitions in India (revised)

The impact of childbirth on women’s employment has been discussed extensively in the context of developed countries...

child penalty Childbirth event study
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