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Fellowships and awards

=> American India Foundation (AIF) - Banyan Impact Fellowship, 2021-2022
Last date to apply: May 17, 2021

=> Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship 2022 for Doctoral & Post Doctoral Research, 2022-2023
Last date to apply: September 15,2021

=> WAFA Youth Climate Award 2021
Last date to apply: July 31,2021

=> Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program by Govt. of Canada, 2021
Last date to apply: September 22, 2021

=> Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Ph.D Scholarships, 2021
Last date to apply: May 31,2021

Video of the month

 IGIDR Research on Covid-19
and the Economy  

IGIDR Research Publications

1. Estupinan, X; Gupta, Sargam; Sharma, M and Birla, B (2021). Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Labour Supply, Wages and Gross Value Added in India. The Indian Economic Journal, Sage

IGIDR Working Papers

1. Ashima Goyal and Prashant Parab(2021). Qualitative and Quantitative Central Bank Communications and Professional Forecasts: Evidence from India (WP-2021-014)

2. Nidhi Aggarwal, Sanchit Arora and Rajeswari Sengupta (2021). Capital account liberalisation in a large emerging economy: An analysis of onshore-offshore arbitrage (WP-2021-013)

3. Kajari Saha (2021). The China trade shock and the gender wage gap in India: A district-level analysis (WP-2021-012)

4. Ashima Goyal and Prashant Parab (2021). Effectiveness of Expectations Channel of Monetary Policy Transmission: Evidence from India (WP-2021-011)

5. Ashima Goyal and Abhishek Kumar(2021). Asymmetry, Terms of Trade and the Aggregate Supply Curve in an Open Economy Model (WP-2021-010)

Recent Reports and Publications

=> EnviStats India, 2021, Vol. 1: Environment Statistics

=> Women and Men in India, 2020

=>Persons with disabilities (Divyangjan) in India- A Statistical Profile, 2021

=> Sustainable Development Goals:National Indicator Framework:Progress Report, 2021

=>Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021: Financing a Green and Inclusive Recovery

=> How COVID-19 Is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective Volume 3

=> Fostering Effective Energy Transition, 2021

Upcoming Conferences/Call for papers
National Conferences /Seminars
IGIDR-19th Annual Conference on Macroeconomics and Finance, December 15-17, 2021

Last date for submission: September 30, 2021


International Conferences /Seminars
Inflation and Business Cycle Dynamics in Open Economies, October 7-8, 2021

Last date for submission: May 15, 2021

Helsinki, Finland and Online

2021 CESifo Area Conference on Macro, Money, and International Finance, Junly 22-23, 2021

Last date for submission: June 8, 2021


CESifo Area Conference on the Economics of Education 2021, September 3-4, 2021

Last date for submission: June 1, 2021

Munich, Germany

CEMIR Junior Economist Workshop on Migration Research, September 10-11, 2021

Last date for submission: June 1, 2021

Munich, Germany

15th International Conference on Computational and Financial Econometrics (CFE 2021), December 18-20, 2021

Last date for submission: September 6, 2021

London, UK

Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy and Public Debt in a Post COVID World, November 18-19, 2021

Last date for submission: September 7, 2021


Database of the month
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Internet Resources
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Recent research articles
Diversity Deficit and Scale-Flip by Bharathi, Naveen; Malghan, Deepak; Mishra, Sumit; Rahman, Andaleeb

Journal of Development Studies, April 2021

We present a comprehensive multi-scale test of the diversity-deficit hypothesis that posits a negative association between diversity and development. We develop a 'scale-flip hypothesis' that formalises how the political salience...

Somewhere in between Towns, Markets and Jobs--Agricultural Intensification in the Rural-Urban Interface by Steinhubel, Linda; von Cramon-Taubadel, Stephan

Journal of Development Studies, April 2021

We propose a flexible conceptual and methodological framework to model the dynamics of agricultural intensification in the rural-urban interfaces of large cities. We focus particularly on the effects of polycentric urbanisation...

Precarity in a Time of Uncertainty: Gendered Employment Patterns during the COVID-19 Lockdown in India by Desai, Sonalde; Deshmukh, Neerad; Pramanik, Santanu

Feminist Economics, April 2021

India implemented one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This study examines whether the impacts of the lockdown on employment differed by gender in areas surrounding Delhi....

Measuring and Mapping Disaggregate Level Disparities in Food Consumption and Nutritional Status via Multivariate Small Area Modelling by Guha, Saurav; Chandra, Hukum

Social Indicators Research, April 2021

Although India has progressed significantly on several health outcomes but the state of food and nutrition security in the country still requires sustained efforts to accelerate achievement. Existing data based on socio-economic surveys...

Methodology for Framing Indicators for Assessing Economic-Socio-Cultural Sustainability of the Neighbourhood Level Urban Communities in Indian Megacities: Evidence from Kolkata by Kumar, Sudeshna; Bhaumik, Sumitro; Banerji, Haimanti

Social Indicators Research, April 2021

This study presents a comprehensive methodological framework for assessing the economic-socio-cultural (ESC) sustainability of neighborhood-level urban communities (NLUCs) in Kolkata, India. The present study aims to propose ...

International Firm Activities, R&D, and Productivity: Evidence from Indian Manufacturing Firms by Bhattacharya, Mita; Okafor, Luke Emeka; Pradeep, V.

Economic Modelling, April 2021

This study investigates whether R&D intensity has a moderating effect on the links between international firm activities (viz. exports, trade in imported inputs and capital goods, and foreign direct investment) and productivity...

Forecasting and Planning during a Pandemic: COVID-19 Growth Rates, Supply Chain Disruptions, and Governmental Decisions by Nikolopoulos, Konstantinos; Punia, Sushil; Schafers, Andreas; Tsinopoulos, Christos; Vasilakis, Chrysovalantis

European Journal of Operational Research, April 2021

Policymakers during COVID-19 operate in uncharted territory and must make tough decisions. Operational Research--the ubiquitous 'science of better'--plays a vital role in supporting this decision-making process. To that end,...

Why Do Low-Income Urban Dwellers Reject Energy Technologies? Exploring the Socio-cultural Acceptance of Solar Adoption in Mumbai and Cape Town by Haque, Anika Nasra; Lemanski, Charlotte; de Groot, Jiska

Energy Research and Social Science, April 2021

In the global context of reducing carbon emissions and shifting towards sustainable modes of urban infrastructure, strategies that provide decentralized access to renewable energy technologies for the urban poor are increasingly promoted...

Oil Shocks and Equity Markets: The Case of GCC and BRICS Economies by Umar, Zaghum; Trabelsi, Nader; Zaremba, Adam

Energy Economics, April 2021

This study analyzes the relationship between oil shocks and the equity markets of a group of world major oil producers and consumers encompassing both the GCC and BRICS economies. We employ a novel framework to decompose...

Does Crude Oil Price Stimulate Economic Policy Uncertainty in BRICS? by Su, Chi-Wei; Huang, Shi-Wen; Qin, Meng; Umar, Muhammad

Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, April 2021

This paper applies the quantile Granger causality test, to explore whether the economic policy uncertainty (EPU) is affected by the crude oil price (COP) shocks in BRICS countries. The empirical results of the causal link present ...

How Does COVID-19 Affect Urban Slums? Evidence from Settlement Leaders in India by Auerbach, Adam Michael; Thachil, Tariq

World Development, April 2021

Slum settlements have received significant attention for their vulnerabilities to the spread of Covid-19. To mitigate risks of transmission, and alleviate economic distress associated with containment measures, public health experts ...

Is There Political Elite Capture in Access to Energy Sources? Evidence from Indian Households by Chatterjee, Somdeep; Pal, Debdatta

World Development, April 2021

A perverse consequence of having decentralized local governments in developing countries is the misuse of public office for private gains by local leaders. This leads to a type of political elite capture where resources are diverted from...

'We Live and We Do This Work': Women Waste Pickers' Experiences of Wellbeing in Ahmedabad, India by Wittmer, Josie

World Development, April 2021

This study explores women waste pickers' perceptions and embodied experiences of wellbeing in Ahmedabad, India. Waste pickers are self-employed urban workers who collect and sell recyclable materials on an informal basis ...

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