Sector Wise Studies

Indicus has partnered extensively with legal professionals, political scientists, sociologists as well as economists in developing and designing research on governance and the State. Research in this area includes analysis of people’s perceptions via surveys, analysis of laws, issues of law and order, government administration, indexation of policy, etc. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis has been conducted on a range of issues. Policy recommendations for these sectors have been guided by the tenets of economic liberalism.

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India Entrepreneurship Index 2014

Sponsor: Amway India Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.

In Progress

This study tries to capture the entrepreneurship environment based on large number of parameters at the state level. The objective is to rank the states based on a composite index that reflects entrepreneurial characteritics of the states. The study will cover 50 large cities across 20 major states in the country.

The study estimated credit requirement and credit gap by the MSME sector in 4 clusters in India. The study involved primary survey of MSME units along with other stakeholders in these clusters.  

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Survey in 23 States for the Panchayat Strengthening Index 2013-14 in respect to PEAIS”.

Sponsor: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

January 2014

The study looked into the extent of devolution by the states to the Panchayat level. The devolution Index was computed with a composite of large number of parameters reflecting devolution of power to grass root levels.
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India Today State of the States 2013

Sponsor: India Today

October 2013

The study focused on State Performance ratings & Governance ratings. This included conducting comprehensive & associated ratings of all states & UTs in the country for a range of economic and socio-economic parameters.
Computation of Panchayat Strengthening Index (PSI) 2012-13 for all States/UTs covered under Part IX of the Constitution. The Index was formed the basis of a) ranking the States/UTs for the Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme (PEAIS), a Central Sector Scheme and b) performance linked funding under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan of the Government of India.
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Economic Freedom Index for 20 states of India for the year 2011

Sponsor: Friedrich Naumann Foundation

September 2012

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.
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Jharkhand Development Report 2012

Sponsor: Prabhat Khabar (Neutral Publishing House Ltd.)

March 2012

The report presents various aspects of Jharkhand’s economy like growth, sectoral composition, industrial profile, etc. and their change over time. In each of the aspects, Jharkhand’s status in comparison to other states, especially the three new states was done. A comparative economic analysis of the districts of Jharkhand was also presented and the districts are ranked based on various socio economic indicators. The report identified the fastest growing and top employment generating industries of the state as well as the top three industries in each district on the basis of output and employment. District level estimates of GDP for the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors were also provided. The report also includes a comparative profile of higher education system in Jharkhand.
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Survey of 23 states for the Devolution Index 2011-12 in respect of PEAIS

Sponsor: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

February 2012

This was a collaboration with Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi. The study looked into the extent of devolution by the states to the Panchayat level. The devolution Index was computed which was a composite of large number of parameters reflecting devolution of power to the grass root level. The top states of India were awarded by the Central Government based on this Devolution Index.
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Preparation of State Profiles

Sponsor: Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

December 2011

Environment , Crime & Safety &Entertainment & Social/Cultural Interaction. Primary survey covered 10,000 respondents and all neighbourhoods of each city. The report presented information of 29 states and 6 union territories of India. A compilation of basic facts, figures, ranging from basic socio economic and demographic indicators to development indicators.
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Survey in 23 states for the Devolution Index 2010-11 in respect to PEAIS

Sponsor: Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

February 2011

The study proposed to undertake a ground verification of PRIs through a sample survey by canvassing a structured questionnaire, involving various stakeholders, i.e., officials (from state, district, AG Office, local fund, etc.) panchayat members (at all levels), general members of gram sabha, and enlightened persons in the villages & using the data to construct a devolution index for the various states.
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Bihar Development Report 2010

Sponsor: Prabhat Khabar (Neutral Publishing House Ltd.)

May 2010

The Bihar Development Report-2010 tracked the historical development of the Bihar economy over the last 25 years and then zero in on the changed landscape of the last 5 years. This Report was prepared to showcase the economic development which took place in Bihar under the present state government’s rule.
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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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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.
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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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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Financial Freedom Survey 2008

Sponsor: Outlook Money

June 2008

The survey aimed to find out the changing face of the individuals money life in terms of how he/she earns, saves, spends & invests his/her money. The survey had six parts to it, each aimed to find out the chance variables in key areas of his/her money life.
This study undertook comprehensive ratings and associated rankings of all states and UTs in India. The other important elements of the study were Constituency rating, involving estimation of socio economic conditions in all the parliamentary constituencies of the country; States performance on key indicators between last elections and the current and BPL inflation in different states.
The State of the States was an attempt to find out which of India's many states offer its citizens the best opportunities both at work and outside it. The study ranked states across various parameters such as prosperity, governance, health, education, consumer market, agriculture, infrastructure, and investment. Apart from inter-state comparisons the study was also an analysis of which states made the most of liberalization and which fell away. Every year the study adds to the ranking interesting aspects of development such as district rankings in 2003, 2020 forecasting of states development in 2004, inclusive inequality in 2007.
The study was a predominantly qualitative assessment of the process of funding decisions by donors. An attempt was made to look at donor motivations, preferences and translation of these into action, also in relation to the choices between endowment funding and action oriented/ purposive funding.