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The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
New Delhi [India], July 11 (ANI) aninews.in/ The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation aninews.in/keysearch/keyword-search/labourorganisation.html, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
New Delhi [India], July 11: The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. Leading experts of the subject participated in the round table. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income Leading experts of the subject participated in the round table. The roundtable was inaugurated by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog and the keynote address was delivered on behalf of Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India. + Read More



CEA Arvind Subramanian, NITI Aayog member differ on UBI implementation

11 July 2017
Two of the government’s top economists took opposite views on how the Universal Basic Income (UBI) for the poor should be implemented. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said the UBI should not be an addon to existing subsidies and social programmes; NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy said it should be implemented additionally to existing schemes. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with

11 July 2017
The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. Leading experts of the subject participated in the round table. The roundtable was inaugurated by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog and the keynote address was delivered on behalf of Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India. + Read More



Universal basic income or social security

11 July 2017
What we need is a blueprint for universal health care and pensions to help the vulnerable section Recently a seminar organised by the Institute for Human Development in Delhi discussed the proposals for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) put forward by Pranab Bardhan and Vijay Joshi, whose presence at the seminar added greatly to a better understanding of their ideas. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
New Delhi [India], July 11 : The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. + Read More



A universal basic income that makes it feasible to avoid working is immoral

18 July 2017
A Delhi seminar last week discussed what intellectuals see as the next great idea for social revolution: a Universal Basic Income (UBI). Prof Pranab Bardhan proposed a UBI of Rs 10,000 a year as a citizen’s right, to be funded by raising a whopping 10% of GDP by eliminating tax breaks and wasteful subsidies. Prof Vijay Joshi proposed a UBI of Rs 3,500 a year, costing 3.5% of GDP. A finance ministry official presented the UBI proposal discussed in Economic Survey 2017. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. Leading experts of the subject participated in the round table. The roundtable was inaugurated by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog and the keynote address was delivered on behalf of Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India. + Read More



The Institute for Human Development organizes round table with industry experts

11 July 2017
The Institute for Human Development, with support from the International Labour Organisation, organized a roundtable on Universal Basic Income: Emerging Perspectives on 10 July 2017. Leading experts of the subject participated in the round table. The roundtable was inaugurated by Dr. Bibek Debroy, Member, NITI Aayog and the keynote address was delivered on behalf of Dr. Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India. + Read More



Backward but surging ahead on Economic Front

15 November 2015
jharkhand, once a backwater region of Bihar, has scaled heights up in economic indicators over the last few years and is expected not only to catch up to the national average but even surpass that in coming years. + Read More



Five charts that explain India’s employment challenges

Livemint, 20 October 2014
As is typical of developing nations, most working-age people in India cannot afford to be unemployed. Hence, India’s official unemployment rate is quite low at 2.7%. But the low unemployment rate masks profound challenges the country faces in providing regular jobs to a steadily growing workforce. + Read More



Dev Nathan is co-author of the just-released book: Govind Kelkar, Dev Nathan, E. Revathi, Swati Sain Gupta, 2014, Aadhaar; Gender, Identity and Development, New Delhi, HBF and Academic Foundation.

In 2006, the Government of India introduced Aadhar, a biometric identification system which has now reached 650 million people. The aim of the scheme is to establish a biometric registry to provide a unique identity to all individuals, women and men in the country. It is expected that the biometric identity would help poor women and men establish their identity so as to access various benefits provided by the Government. In conjunction with legally engineered mini ATMs, it is also expected to promote financial inclusion. + Read More



Dr. Charu Garg's chapter on universal health coverage in the India Infrastructure Report

Title: BARRIERS TO AND INEQUITIES IN COVERAGE AND FINANCING OF HEALTH OF THE INFORMAL WORKERS IN INDIA - A healthy workforce is important for the productivity and economic development of a country. An improvement in the health of workers reduces worker absenteeism, loss of income and poverty. + Read More



Reforming Social Protection for Economic Transformation

Dev Nathan, Economic & Political Weekly, Vol - XLIX No. 38, September 20, 2014 India is a low middle-income economy with a development policy that aims to promote it to a high middle-income economy, which requires both economic growth and structural transformation. This article turns the spotlight on some aspects of structural transformation, such as the movement to higher productivity jobs, the formalisation of the vast informal sector, and the promotion of women as economic agents. The experience of other economies shows there is room for a higher share of social protection expenditure in India, but bringing that about would depend on increasing tax revenue and reducing subsidies that are not for the poor. + Read More



Multiple Shocks, Coping and Welfare Consequences: Natural Disasters and Health Shocks in the Indian Sundarbans (New Publication: Population Health and Nutrition Research Programme)

Sumit Mazumdar, Papiya Guha Mazumdar, Barun Kanjilal, Prashant Kumar Singh; PLOS ONE, August 29, 2014 This paper presented empirical evidence on how natural and health shocks mutually reinforce their resultant impact, making coping increasingly difficult and present significant risks of welfare loss, having short as well as long-run development manifestations. + Read More



Think piece by Professor Atul Sarma, Seven steps towards growth and price stability GovernanceNow, August 1-15, 2014

Price stability or containing persistent price rise is good both for growth and well-being. The current inflation is largely triggered by supply-side factors relating to vegetables, fruit, milk and milk products and protein products such as meat, eggs and poultry. It is therefore imperative to address the various supply constraints. Prices of vegetables have spiked even as some studies have pointed out that 40-46 percent of vegetables and fruits are wasted even before they reach the market. + Read More



Dev Nathan’s blog in the Economic Times - Indian Manufacturing: The Innovation Imperative

August 25, 2014 In the top 500 supercomputers list, India now has only 9 supercomputers, down from 12 eight months ago. China had just 7 in the list in November 2007, but now has 76, second to the USA. The TCS Eka which was the 4th fastest in the world and the fastest in Asia in November 2007, now does not figure in the top 500. China’s Tianhe-2 is currently the fastest super computer in the world. + Read More



Oped on Food Inflation and the Paradox of Growth

Ajit K Ghose, Business Standard, July 6, 2014 Inflation in India is generally triggered and led by food price inflation. This is easily seen from the fact that most inflationary episodes witnessed rising relative price of food. The current inflationary episode, which began in 2008-09 and still continues, is no exception. In the period since 2007-08, the average year-on-year inflation, as measured by the wholesale price index (WPI), has been 7.3 per cent, while the average year-on-year food inflation has been 11.6 per cent. + Read More



Looking beyond the male–female dichotomy’ – Sibling composition and child immunization in India, 1992–2006

Prashant Kumar Singh, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 107, April 2014 This study examines trends in gender differentials in child immunization beyond the conventional male–female dichotomy, by considering older surviving sibling composition between 1992 and 2006 in India. The present study adopts the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for appraising full immunization among children utilising three rounds of the National Family Health Survey. Twelve combinations of sex composition of surviving older siblings were constructed. + Read More



The social foundations of global production networks: towards a global political economy of child labour, published online on 15 May 2014

Dev Nathan, Third World Quarterly, Volume 35, Issue 3, 2014 The resilience of the problem of child labour in the global economy has been amply documented, but, we suggest, the reasons for this situation have not yet been fully captured in the associated debates. Our aim is to advance a way of thinking about those forms of child labour which occur in the context of global production networks (gpns), and to contend that greater attention must be paid to the organisation and functioning of gpns, and the social foundations on which they rest, if we are to grasp more fully the conditions and processes which facilitate the persistence and evolution of child labour. + Read More



Dev Nathan and Sandip Sarkar's article in a special issue in Oxford Development Studies - Global Inequality, Rising Powers, and Labour Standards, Published online on 08 November 2013

The paper analyses growing inequality in the rising powers, concentrating on the situation in China and India. It describes the various processes that are currently underway to reduce inequality in these economies. These processes include a combination of tightening the labour market, as best seen in China, increasing rural productivity and implementing government measures to boost basic rural incomes in all such countries. + Read More



Contrasts in Development in Bihar: A Tale of Two Villages (Bihar Research Programme - New Publication), Published online on 27 Jun 2014

Amrita Datta, Gerry Rodgers, Janine Rodgers & Bkn Singh; Journal of Development Studies, Volume 50, Issue 9, 2014
The article investigates the economic and social changes that have occurred over the last 30 years in two villages in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India. The two villages are on different development paths: one based on agricultural diversification and local non-agricultural employment, the other dependent on migration to distant labour markets. They therefore connect with India’s overall growth in different ways. Neither development model delivers clearly superior outcomes in terms of incomes, nor are they exhausted, but the long-term sustainability of a migration-led model remains debatable. + Read More



Review of India Labour and Employment Report in EPW - The Challenge of Employment in Globalising India by S Mahendra Dev Economic & Political Weekly, Vol - XLIX No. 31, August 02, 2014

It is widely acknowledged that India faces enormous challenges in generating decent employment. However, the policies and strategies on labour and employment constitute one of the most contentious issues in the country after the initiation of globalisation. Debates with stated positions on this issue, some of them fierce, have been marked by ambiguity and a lack of clear direction. + Read More



Tanuka Endow and Nandita Gupta's think piece, Increasing Availability, Indifferent Quality, Persisting Inequalities : The Story of Water in Delhi.

India Water Review, Volume 1, Issue 2, August 2014
Serpentine queues for water have been a common sight in Delhi. With the onset of summer, residents of the city prepare themselves for dry taps, take recourse in water tankers, and, in the poorer areas, there are long queues for this precious resource. Raised tempers and fights over water are frequent. It would, therefore, come as a surprise to know that Delhi fares quite well vis-à-vis other metropolitan cities in the country in the matter of water availability. + Read More

56thISLE Annual Conference

Venue: BIT Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand + Read More

Article featuring ILER in Livemint

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Dev Nathan is co-author of the just-released book: Govind Kelkar, Dev Nathan, E. Revathi, Swati Sain Gupta, 2014, Aadhaar; Gender, Identity and Development, New Delhi, HBF and Academic Foundation.

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Dr. Charu Garg's chapter on universal health coverage in the India Infrastructure Report

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Vacancy: Position of Research Associates at IHD-ERC, Ranchi.

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Dev Nathan's new SARNET publication on social protection in the EPW

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Training Course for Young Scholars on project proposal writing, drafting of research reports/papers and presentation skills 21- 23 December, 2014, Ranchi

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2nd Training Programme for Young South Asian Scholars, 1-13 December 2014, New Delhi.

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Southern Region Release of India Labour and Employment Report

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New Publication: Population Health and Nutrition Research Programme

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Think piece by Professor Atul Sarma, Seven steps towards growth and price stability

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Dev Nathan?'s new blog in the Economic Times

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Ajit K Ghose's oped on Food Inflation and the Paradox of Growth in the Business Standard

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Prashant Kumar Singh?s recent publication examines trends in gender differentials in child immunization in Social Science and Medicine

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Dev Nathan?s recent publication on the global political economy of child labour in Third World Quarterly

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Dev Nathan and Sandip Sarkar's article in a special issue in Oxford Development Studies.

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Bihar Research Programme - New Publication

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Review of India Labour and Employment Report in EPW

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Seminar on 'Community Based Health Insurance in Ethiopia: Enrollment and Impact' on 5 August 2014 at 11.30 am by Prof. Arjun Singh Bedi

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IHD-ILO study on Impact of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme on Child Labour

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Tanuka Endow and Nandita Gupta's think piece, Increasing Availability, Indifferent Quality, Persisting Inequalities : The Story of Water in Delhi.

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Report citing IHD’s Bihar Research on Women form half of agriculture workforce in state

Times of India, 2 Aug, 2014
The high rate of migration of men from Bihar over the past few decades has resulted in women coming to the front and taking charge of family as well as farm, revealed the report. Quoting a survey conducted by the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, the report says that 70% of all women engaged in cultivation are from households witnessing migration. + Read More


45 lakh graduates jobless

Times of India, 23 June 2014
The educated unemployed include an "alarmingly" high proportion of women, even though they are fewer. "The unemployment rate among educated women is, on average, about 50% higher than men. In Bihar, it is more than 50% in both urban and rural areas.+ Read More

Ajit K Ghose'soped on The search for better jobs

Business Standard, 3 June 2014
A key challenge confronting India and its new government, it is widely agreed, is that of employment. The nature of this challenge, however, is not well-understood. Much too often the challenge is defined as that of creating so many million jobs every year to absorb the new entrants into the labour force. + Read More

India adds highest in global labour force: Report

Zee News, 3 June 2014
Institute for Human Development (IHD) has said that India witnessed impressive GDP growth rate of over 6 percent since 1980, leading to important changes in employment conditions. In its report?India Labour and Employment Report 2014? IHD has analysed changes in labour market and employment since initiation of economic reforms.+ Read More

Blood on Your Mobile Phone? Capturing the Gains for Artisanal Miners, Poor Workers and Women (Recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten List, as of 22 May 2014)

Dev Nathan and Sandip Sarkar, Social Science Research Network
Most people today are familiar with the term 'blood diamond'; but many more of us buy mobile phones and how many know the term 'blood mobiles'? Our research will explore the complex network of global mobile phone production. In this briefing note, we trace the key actors in the deadly coltan chain at the root of the global telecoms production network.+ Read More

Panchayats Can Play an Important Role in Stopping Leakages

Harishwar Dayal, Panchayatnama (Weekly), 5-11 May 2014
70% of Indians reside in the villages and recent rural development schemes have had reasonable impact among the rural community. Case in point, The Nirmal Bharat Campaign ( NBA) or the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC). Though, it is difficult to quantify its effect, the campaign has been successful in creating awareness about sanitation and hygiene among the villagers.+ Read More

Cover Story: Desperately seeking skills & jobs

Down to Earth, 15 April 2014 Issue
According to the Institute of Human Development in Delhi, the overall labour force participation is just 56 per cent of WAP (working age population) , a low figure compared to nearly 64 per cent for the rest of the world. This is largely because women participation is a dismal 31 per cent, among the lowest in the world and the second lowest in South Asia after Pakistan.+ Read More

Indian women are more educated, but less employed

Preet Rustagi, The Conversation, 3 April 2014
Indian women are more educated than they have ever been. Yet, the latest figures show that fewer of them are working. Some have attributed the decline to increased enrolment in education of younger population. Nearly half of India?s population is under the age of 25. But the decline in workforce participation figures is reported across all age cohorts for women.+ Read More

Ajit K Ghoseoped on Global economy, local currency

Business Standard, 15 March 2014
Over the past three decades, the growth of cross-border trade and capital flows has progressively woven national economies into a global economy. This global economy, however, lacks a global currency. The currency of one nation - the United States - still serves as the currency of international transactions. + Read More

Ajit K Ghose’soped on Employment in a time of high growth

Business Standard, 15 February 2014
Employment is a much-discussed subject today, as indeed it should be. Unfortunately, there are plenty of misconceptionsabout the nature of employment in India, which often render the discussions pointless or misleading. For example, a period of slow growth of employment is often seen as a period of jobless growth when in reality it merely is a period of slow growth of labour force. + Read More

The revolution for India’s urban women must start at home

Preet Rustagi, The Conversation, 12 February 2014
Since the Delhi gang rapes in 2012, the plight of women in urban India has found global attention. Much has been said about rights and safety in cities, but none of that will make a sustainable impact, unless women are also welcomed and encouraged to be a significant part of the paid workforce.+ Read More

Challenge of Employment in India

Alakh N. Sharma, Economy Matters, February 2014
In this article, I would discuss the key findings of the recently released report on 'India Labour and Employment Report (ILER), 2014', prepared by Delhi based Institute for Human Development (IHD). The Report comprehensively documents and analyses the major trends in the structure and pattern of changes in the employment and labour market in India since the 1990s and outlines the important challenges currently being faced by the country.+ Read More

Poverty higher among employed than unemployed: report

Alakh N. Sharma, 19 December 2013, The Hindu
Over half of India’s working population in 2011-12 was under the $2-per-day poverty line, new research has found, raising serious questions over the quality of work most Indians find. In fact, the incidence of poverty is higher among the employed than the unemployed. + Read More

Editorial/Q&A: Without jobs, India's demographic dividend will be a disaster

Alakh N. Sharma, 12 February 2014, Times of India
Jobs in India grew by just 2.2% between 2010 and 2012. Economist Alakh N Sharma, director of the Institute of Human Development and principal author of India Labour and Employment Report 2014, spoke with Rema Nagarajan about why unemployment is rising, the people it hits hardest, manufacturing as a remedy — and how competitiveness goes beyond wages: + Read More



Special Article: Behind the Post-1991 ‘Challenge’ to the Functional Efficiency of Established Statistical Institutions

Sheila Bhalla, Economic & Political Weekly, February 15, 2014 Vol XLIX No. 7
This paper provides a documented account of what drove the post-1991 statistical policy shifts which contributed so much to what the Report of the Committee on Unorganised Sector Statistics (2012) describes as the “challenges” of ensuring the quality and credibility of India’s statistical database. The initial focus is on the ideology and actions which lay behind the functionally destructive institutional restructuring of two established Indian statistical organisations – the Field Operations Division of the National Sample Survey Organisation and the Economic Census. An account of the consequences follows. + Read More

News & Advice: Global economy, local currency

Ajit K Ghose, Business Standard, 16 March 2014
Over the past three decades, the growth of cross-border trade and capital flows has progressively woven national economies into a global economy. This global economy, however, lacks a global currency. The currency of one nation - the United States - still serves as the currency... + Read More

Are women losing out on employment in India?

Alakh N Sharma & Amrita Datta, Financial Express, 22 October 2013
While under reporting of women's work could be one reason behind female labour force participation In the household sector, fuels are consumed for cooking, lighting, heating water for bathing and washing clothes and heating/ cooling rooms. The major fuels consumed are commercial fuels like kerosene, LPG, softcoke/ coal, electricity and the non-commercial fuels............ + Read More

Editorial: Two-speed India

Financial Express, 13 November 2013
If a Unilever agrees to spend $5.4 billion on buying back its shares, and both Coca Cola and PespsiCo are willing to invest $5-6 billion apiece?the last two, over a period of 6-7 years though?does it signal a change in India?s attractiveness as an investment destination? Not really, given FDI levels are similar to what they were last year. What needs............. + Read More

Editorial: Growth versus dole

Financial Express, 9 November 2013
s India?s economic growth has risen, both the number of people below the poverty line as well as the proportion have fallen. And the pace at which this decline has taken place has risen with GDP growth picking up. Between FY94 and FY05, poverty levels declined by 0.74 percentage points (ppt) a year; this fell faster by 2.18 ppt between FY05 and FY12.......... + Read More

The end of the road for India's services-led growth

Professor Ajit Ghose, Business Standard, 27 October, 2013
The period 2000-2010 was a golden period, one of rapid services-led economic growth in India; the economy grew at an average annual rate of 7.2 per cent, and around 63 per cent of this growth came from growth of services. This experience gave rise to a number of hubristic beliefs: that India has inherent strengths........... + Read More

Ajit K Ghose’soped on The end of the road for India's services-led growth

Business Standard, 26 October 2013
The period 2000-2010 was a golden period, one of rapid services-led economic growth in India; the economy grew at an average annual rate of 7.2 per cent, and around 63 per cent of this growth came from growth of services. This experience gave rise to a number of hubristic beliefs: that India has inherent strengths in services;… + Read More

Cash Transfers and Social Security

Dev Nathan, Alakh N Sharma
A comprehensive story of grampanchayat and community development block one of rapid services-led economic growth in India; the economy grew at an average annual rate of 7.2 per cent, and around 63 per cent of this growth came from growth of services.
Yojana Journal, February 2013+ Read More

World News

Annie Gowen, The Guardian, 12 November 2013
India's economic slowdown forces middle classes to put dreams on hold
Just outside India's capital, partially finished high-rises line the smog-veiled skyline, concrete monuments to the aspirations of the country's middle class....... + Read More

Ajit K Ghose’soped on Busting a few myths about poverty

Business Standard, 31 August 2013
Recent publication of new numbers on poverty by thePlanning Commission has revived some old controversies. The numbers show that while the incidence of poverty declined both between 1993-94 and 2004-05 and between 2004-05 and 2011-12, the pace of decline was much faster in the second period. This has led to a fresh airing of some old views. One is that the poverty line, defined by an Expert Committee chaired by Professor Suresh Tendulkar in 2009, is just too low. + Read More