Studies

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Developing a Mechanism for Assessing Competitiveness of Indian Small-scale Industry

Sponsor: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) & Federation of Indian Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)

January 2006

As per the contract, Indicus Analysis would undertake to prepare for FICCI & FISME, a research study on "Mechanism for gauging competitiveness of Small scale sector". This required a mapping of Indian Tariff lines to see stances of inverted tariff using Standard Input Output norms drought out by DFGT. A software tool to be developed that linked change in the duty structure automatically with resultant change in rate of production.
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Social Infrastructure : Urban Health & Education

Sponsor: Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd. (IDFC)

January 2006

This paper was published in India Infrastructure Report 2006: Urban Infrastructure.
This was a presentation focused on estimation of effective rate of protection & instances of inverted tariff.
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State Level Database on Health, Education & Economy

Sponsor: Harvard School of Public Health

November 2005

This database put together the latest information on India's overall economy and its performance on the socio-economic front.
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Jharkhand Development Report 2005

Sponsor: Prabhat Khabar (Neutral Publishing House Ltd.)

September 2005

This study presented various aspects of Jharkhand’s economy and their change across time. In each of the aspects, Jharkhand’s status in comparison to other states has been discussed. Further, a comparative analysis of various districts of Jharkhand has also been conducted.
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Rapid Rural Water Supply And Sanitation Assessment-Mizoram

Sponsor: The World Bank, Government of India

August 2005

This study provided a qualitative and quantitative snapshot of the status of reform of the rural water supply and sanitation sector across the state of Mizoram by looking at firstly, the impact of government programmes, assessed in terms of access, use and sustainability as well as coverage and secondly the status of sector reforms (SRP, TSC and Swajaldhara) and key lessons learnt.
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Conflict and Institutional Change in India

Sponsor: Developing Countries Research Centre (DCRC), University of Delhi

August 2005

The project was a part of the Crisis States Programme coordinated by Dr. James Putzel of DESTIN at London School of Economics. The project proposed to examine the possibility of establishing a series of causal connections between conflict and institutions in India. One component of the study was the comparative analysis of four states under study, namely Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Mizoram. Indicus Analytics proposed to assist DCRC in the analysis of the empirical data-base developed through the survey and mapping out the differing patterns of relationship between institutions and conflict.
The study empirically assessed the conceptual framework for integrated child development. It analyzed the determinants of the outcomes identified for each sub-stage of the development of the child. A baseline survey had been conducted to collect data of both the service providers at the facilities and the beneficiaries. The immediate concern of the baseline survey was to present the status with respect to service provision and the utilization of these services. The various activities that had been conducted under the baseline to capture the successes and failures of the pilot were both quantitative and qualitative in character. The present study involved monitoring and tracking various aspects of the baseline before, during and after the completion of the baseline. The overall monitoring exercise attempted at a better understanding of how convergence can be sustainably achieved and whether such a planning was an effective tool towards better child development.
The key objectives of this study were to provide a realistic assessment of the Rural WSS baseline situation, the key challenges & appropriate measures for meeting the MDGs. It also included assessment of access to safe & sustainable Rural WSS services, policies & institutional arrangements for delivering the Rural WSS services, budgetary & non- budgetary sources for meeting the requirements.
This paper proposed a method that quantifies the current environment that PRIs function under. That is, how ‘free’ the PRIs are to take independent decisions and implement them. No doubt, the actual performance of PRIs differs and depends upon many other factors. These factors are specific to the state, to the different level of the Panchayati Raj Institutions. The enabling environment was also determined by village level factors. To re–iterate, the method seeks to measure the environment of PRI functioning that state governments have been able to create, not for the functioning of PRIs and not the functioning of PRIs themselves. An attempt was made to cover both quantitative and qualitative aspects.
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Service Sector Reforms in India

Sponsor: The World Bank

March 2005

The study tracked all the important reforms that have taken place in the service sector. The study also tracked Accounting services, Computer and related services, Business services such as management consulting, Telecom services (and its sub sectors), Financial services divided into Banking, Securities and Insurance services, Health services, Transport services (Air, Maritime, Rail, Road), Construction, and Distribution (Wholesale and Retail trade).
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Rapid Rural Water Supply And Sanitation Assessment-Nagaland

Sponsor: The World Bank, Government of India

February 2005

This study provided a qualitative and quantitative snapshot of the status of reform of the rural water supply and sanitation sector across the state of Nagaland by looking at firstly, the impact of government programmes, assessed in terms of access, use and sustainability as well as coverage and secondly the status of sector reforms (SRP, TSC and Swajaldhara) and key lessons learnt.
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Data Analysis on Jharkhand Report

Sponsor: Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI)

February 2005

The study analysed how Jharkhand has fared in development and how various factors affect its growth prospects?
This study provided a qualitative and quantitative snapshot of the status of reform of the rural water supply and sanitation sector across the state of Manipur, by looking at firstly, the impact of government programmes, assessed in terms of access, use and sustainability as well as coverage and secondly the status of sector reforms (SRP, TSC and Swajaldhara) and key lessons learnt.
This study provided a qualitative and quantitative snapshot of the status of reform of the rural water supply and sanitation sector across the states of Punjab by looking at firstly, the impact of government programmes, assessed in terms of access, use and sustainability as well as coverage and secondly the status of sector reforms (SRP, TSC and Swajaldhara) and key lessons learnt.
The study was based on a framework "The Low Equilibrium Trap in the WSS Sector". The most important aspect of this study was that it saw water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services together. In other words, the study took the view that quality WSS services for consumers include both – WSS infrastructure and WSS-services. One without the other does not lead to the outcomes that are most desirable from the point of view of the consumer.
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More Roads-Fewer Villages

Sponsor: Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS)

January 2005

This paper took the view that by improving infrastructure especially road infrastructure the government would inadvertently create conditions where the number of villages would fall as fewer villages would lead to lower costs of supplying essential services. In other words, not only would the government’s fiscal be affected positively but it would also lead to better lifestyles for the masses.
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Economic Freedom For States of India, 2005

Sponsor: Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

December 2004

This study attempted to minimize subjectivity by not using any qualitative measures. Instead it created an index value for each measure on the lines of EFW, calculated a mean index for each major area and then took the arithmetic mean of the different category indices to arrive at the composite economic freedom index at the sub-national level.
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Insolvency and Small Scale Enterprises-A summary Report

Sponsor: Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS)

December 2004

This paper presented the fundamental characteristics of Small Scale Enterprises (SSEs) and considered the situation where an SSE encounters financial distress.
This study reported the public-private differences and attempts to identify the factors behind the growth of private education, how accessible was it for the poor, why may they prefer it to cheaper public education, etc. The analysis of the secondary data and the survey data was followed by an econometric analysis to have a better understanding of the causes behind the rapid growth of private education in the country. Further insights into the causes were also be gained from a survey of various schools, students and parents that was an integral part of the study.