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Study of Karnataka State as an investment destination

Sponsor: IPAN Capital Hill & Knowlton

March 2010

The objective of this project was two-fold: to provide detailed sector profiles of 13 sectors, to be used as information documents for firms looking to invest in Karnataka and to produce a White Paper detailing the advantages of Karnataka as an investment destination.
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India Labour Report 2009: The Matching Problem

Sponsor: Team Lease Services Private Ltd

March 2010

The study involved forecasting the future labour scenario of India in 2020 based upon analysis of labour and employment related data sourced from the CSO, NSSO and NCRB. The report also studied the labour ecosystem consisting of the employment, employability and labour law in detail. The findings stressed upon the fact that overlapping labour legislation between central and state Governments was hindering the smooth functioning of labour environment. The ideal solution suggested was to implement an ideal federal structure and transfer labour legislation from the concurrent list to state list.
Main objective of the project was to study competition status in mainframe and associated services in India. For the market structure analysis, the study focused explicitly on major verticals such as financial services, process manufacturing, retail trade, services (telecommunications), transportation (ports, airports etc.), utilities (electricity, gas and water), wholesale trade.
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Economic Freedom Index for 20 states of India for the year 2009

Sponsor: Friedrich Naumann Foundation

February 2010

Economic Freedom Index aims at measuring the level of economic freedom in India based on the methodology used in Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report. The Economic Freedom Index-India covers three broad categories, i.e., Size of Government, Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights and Regulation of Business and Labour. The Indian index ranks 20 states of India for which data was available. The economic freedom index brings out direct correlation between economic freedom and well-being of citizens. States of India which are economically more free are also doing better in terms of Per Capita Income, employment levels etc and therefore attract investment. The study was conducted once in two years which enables the analysis of the trend of economic freedom in the 20 states.
The aim of research was to make qualitative & quantitative assessments to provide an overview of the quality of regulation in the country. Qualitative assessment measured the quality of regulatory implementation & Quantitative assessment was an outcome of both the nature of regulation.
Monthly column on policy issues
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Best Companies to Work For: 2009

Sponsor: Business Today

January 2010

A first attempt to identify the best companies to work for, by a survey of employees rather than the traditional approach of company participation.
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Project Management Practices in India

Sponsor: PMI Organization Centre Private Limited

December 2009

The study was conducted to bring to focus the importance of project management in the ongoing expansion in India’s infrastructure and overall capital formation base. The study identified specific action points for government, large public organisations and other private organizations toward a culture of project management practices and a more universal adoption so that efficiencies are built-in in project design through the universal implementation of good project management practices. The study also aimed at the policymakers, media, as well as decision makers in large organizations.
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Strategies for India's Infrastructure Development

Sponsor: National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

November 2009

The study looks at the outlook for selected infrastructure sectors in the context of the needs & the policies, international experience & constraints on development. The analysis would be both at the overall economy level & also for specific sectors.
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Jharkhand Development Report 2009

Sponsor: Prabhat Khabar (Neutral Publishing House Ltd.)

October 2009

The present study makes an attempt to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the state, objectively using government's own data. Various aspects of Jharkhand's economy and the changes therein over time have been tracked to see the extent of progress in different indicators of growth and development. In each of the aspects, Jharkhand's status in comparison to other states has been discussed. Further, a comparative analysis of various districts of the state has also been done.
How was the online and mobile market fairing in terms of social networking in the context of search and online marketing forms the core content for this study. It identifies emerging trends internationally, and how India differs from them, and what issues will critically determine the evolution of this market in India.
The aim of the research was to collect & process primary demographic & socio-economic data for the Gurgaon Manesar Urban Complex area. The project also involved estimation of the current resident population and their characteristics as well as the floating population. The project also required to develop a model to estimate the future resident as well as floating population in the given area.
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World Bank Endline Survey 2009

Sponsor: The World Bank

August 2009

This study aimed towards conducting the Endline survey for the Bachpan project for World Bank (ICDS project) to measure the changes occurred due to intervention of The World Bank in these areas to improve the condition of integrated child development. The survey was conducted in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh. About 8500 households were covered in Bajna and Sailana blocks of Ratlam district. Apart from the households, the study also covered about 200 schools, 1700 students and 200 anganwadi centres in these blocks.
The study involved conducting the comprehensive ratings and associated rankings of all states and UTs in the country. The ratings involved generating indictors that reflect performance of each of the states and UTs on the basis of Basic Health; Basic Education; Investment; Agriculture; Law Order and Safety; Macro-economy; Infrastructure; Consumer Markets, as well as one composite rating. States and UTs – large and small separately – would be ranked on this basis.
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Bilateral Trade related statistical study

Sponsor: Embassy of Uruguay

April 2009

One of the main requisite of this study was to analyze the comparison with other supplier countries in those products, the competitiveness of Uruguay exports to India.
The study identified the target market for health insurance and provided the client with city level data for prioritization of their sales and marketing efforts.
This experimental economics initiative involved understanding of "How households allocate resources internally". A sample of households in UP and Andhra were purposively chosen to conduct this exercise.
The main objective of this paper was to discuss the various trade offs and incentive structures created by the various mechanisms of allocations of licences and frequencies in the telecom sector. International examples were also cited for the purpose of discussing the various mechanisms. In addition of the main objective, other objectives like a) What were the relative merits and demerits of these mechanisms from the economic and social perspective?; b) What was the impact of these mechanisms on the structure of the market? and c) What were the “best practices” of allocation that reconcile various objectives of promotion of competition and equity concerns through transparent mechanisms rather than distortionary prices?, were also enquired.
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Transforming West Bengal – Changing the Agenda for an Agenda for Change

Sponsor: Sh. Dinesh Trivedi-Indicus white paper

December 2008

The study looked at the performance of West Bengal during the past two decades and what were the reforms that are needed to improve the performance of the State.
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Independent Review and Exit Plan for the Industrial Policy Resolution Project (IPR TA)

Sponsor: Department for International Development (DFID)

November 2008

The objective of the assignment was to undertake an independent review of the efficacy of the IPR TA project – across each of (Single Window System; Investment Promotion; Public Private Partnership; Cluster Development; Operationalisation of R& R Policy; Forestry; Tourism amd Fisheries) components and to devise a suitable exit plan after May 2008.