Working Papers


  • 29-April-2015

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    Determinants of the low female labour force participation in India

    The low and declining female labour force participation rate in India despite strong growth over the past decade is puzzling and stands out among emerging markets. At the same time greater economic participation of women can be a source of inclusive growth, and wellbeing.

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  • 16-March-2015

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    Determinants of female entrepreneurship in India

    This paper examines the nature and determinants of female entrepreneurship in India based on survey data. The first part assesses basic characteristics of female entrepreneurship in India, while the subsequent sections analyse key determinants of female entrepreneurship based on the literature, and test their importance at the state level in India with the support of regressions on panel-data.

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  • 5-February-2015

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    Raising the economic participation of women in India – a new growth engine?

    Economic participation of women in the labour force or as entrepreneurs is low compared to peers and has declined over the past decades despite strong growth. The gap with men is over 50% - the largest among key emerging markets.

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  • 13-January-2015

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    Challenges and opportunities of India’s manufacturing sector

    Stronger manufacturing would increase productivity and make growth more inclusive, while contributing to improved current account balance. In particular, India should aim for more formal jobs, as these tend to be the most secure and of highest productivity.

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  • 13-January-2015

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    Improving health outcomes and health care in India

    With India’s low life expectancy largely reflecting deaths from preventable diseases, the most significant gains in health would come from population-wide preventive measures.

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  • 16-January-2012

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    Dev Working Paper 308: Technological Upgrading in China and India

    This paper studies sources of technological upgrading in China and India. What is striking about the impressive growth of China and (to a lesser degree) India is that they export products associated with a high productivity level that is much higher than a country at their income level. China’s export bundle has changed dramatically, diversifying into technology intensive products.

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  • 19-December-2011

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    Employment Protection Legislation and Plant-Level Productivity in India

    Using plant-level data from the Annual Survey of Industries for the fiscal years 1998-99 through 2007-08, this study provides plant-level cross-state/time-series evidence of the impact of employment protection legislation on total factor productivity¨and labour productivity in India.

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  • 7-December-2011

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    Fiscal prospects and reforms in India

    Substantial fiscal consolidation was achieved under the aegis of the 2003 Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.

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  • 28-July-2011

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    INDIA: Improving access and quality in the education system

    Education has been given high priority by India’s central and state governments and continues to grow fast. Nevertheless, high drop-out rates and low attendance continues to be a challenge at lower levels and enrolment at higher levels remains modest by international standards.

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  • 28-July-2011

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    Can India achieve double-digit growth?

    In recent years, India has enjoyed one of the highest growth rates worldwide, weathering the global financial crisis better than many other countries.

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