Studies

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Socio-Economic Profiling of Jharkhand-2004

Sponsor: Prabhat Khabar (Neutral Publishing House Ltd.)

October 2004

This study aimed to analyze the different aspects which stood as yardsticks for socioeconomic advancement for the state of Jharkhand. In order to have an idea on the performance of a state it was imperative to visualize its relative position with respect to other states. Keeping this feature in mind, the analysis became primarily concerned with the comparison of Jharkhand with its contemporaries and also India as a whole.
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Reviewing the Costs of Malnutrition in India

Sponsor: The World Bank

October 2004

The study analyzed the costs, benefits and efficacy of the 25 national level nutrition relevant schemes in India, including employment generation, mother and child health schemes; micronutrient and essential nutrient programs. It estimated the cost effectiveness of the schemes over the years of implementation, especially for the poor and marginalized. It compiled and tabulated under a single table, the scattered evaluation data by government, non-government and international agencies.
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Internet Deployment of Central Database Management System

Sponsor: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

August 2004

Dr. Laveesh Bhandari (Indicus Analytics) as a member of the expert group on Internet deployment of Central Data Base Management System (CDBMS) provided guidance to the RBI in placing its integrated repository of current and historical data in the public domain. The expert group strongly recommended the task of incorporating the detailed metadata, particularly conceptual underpinning and compilation methodology of different data series, be given high priority by RBI management and RBI should back it with adequate funds and staff.
The purpose of the study was to contribute to an assessment and understanding of the current and recent patterns of women’s reproductive health particularly poor women, to investigate the reasons behind these patterns, and to understand the impact of poverty/ inequality on family health and nutritional status
This study analysed various aspects of reproductive and child health (RCH) in India and the factors that affect them. More importantly, this study focused on the poorest sections of the society as they are the most underprivileged and worse off even where reproductive health was concerned. It also expected that poor health would further negatively affect the well being of those suffering.
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Measuring Inter-State Differences in Investment Climate

Sponsor: The Twelfth Finance Commission

April 2004

This study sought to measure the investment climate prevalent in 1996 and 2001 in 28 states of India. The objective was to ascertain the investment climate or attractiveness of the states of India as investment destinations, how this has changed over time and how each state compares with the other. This comparative aspect involved the creation of indices that (i) allow us to compare states, (ii) capture changes over time, and (iii) enable a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of different states. Another aspect deserves mention. A large range of factors affects investment decisions. Many of these factors could be measured using secondary data, but for many secondary data were not available. Some examples of such qualitative factors included responsiveness of the government functionaries to business, ease and simplicity of procedures, etc. For such aspects a primary survey was also conducted in key states.
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Family Structure and Expenditure on Health

Sponsor: Harvard School of Public Health

April 2004

The study involves the analysis of the impact of family structure on health care spending and utilization. It will analyze how health care utilization changes with household composition, after controlling for confounding factors. The econometric approach will be developed in consultation with Professors Ajay Mahal and Peter Berman.
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Health Accounts for Karnataka, 1995-96

Sponsor: Harvard School of Public Health

March 2004

The study aimed to estimate health spending in Karnataka, the primary focus being health spending on the elderly (above 60 years of age).There are different sources of funds for health expenditure, including the State and Central governments, foreign funds, household expenditure, public and private firms and Non-Government Organizations(NGOs).
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Health Care Across Public and Private Sectors

Sponsor: Harvard School of Public Health

March 2004

This study explored the determinants of health care utilization across public and private sectors in India, by level of care. It used nested-multinomial logit modelling approach to explore the pattern of utilization by level of care. The econometric approach for this study was developed in consultation with Professors Ajay Mahal and Peter Berman.
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.
The study found that the PDS will need to be expanded and better targeted to reach the poor; however this will have to be supplemented by better monitoring and answerability of the PDS shops to the public, and more decentralized system. Improving the functioning of the FCI was another important aspect of reform as was a better geographical spread of both purchases and off take.
This study used National Health Accounts (NHA) approach to refine existing estimates of health expenditures on the elderly in three states of India (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Punjab) and all India for the period of 1995-96
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India - An Overview

Sponsor: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

December 2003

Presentations on various facets of the Indian economy showcasing the “India Advantage” were developed for the India Brand Equity Foundation, a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry. The Foundation’s primary objective was to build positive economic perceptions of India globally.
This study puts forward a system for evaluating the performance of state governments in strengthening their Panchayati Raj Institutions by devolution of funds, finance, and functionaries.
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District level database on poverty, agriculture, infrastructure and development

Sponsor: Overseas Development Group, University of East Anglia

December 2003

Indicus along with Indiastat.com and Prof. Amaresh Dubey (NEHU) worked on collating and documenting a district level database on poverty, well-being, agriculture, infrastructure and development. Comparable data since 1950’s at the state and district level for around 300 variables was collated and documented.
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Optimizing the future of tobacco in India

Sponsor: The Tobacco Institute of India

November 2003

This study put forth a simple argument: that there are great economic gains from tobacco leaf cultivation. These gains will have a positive impact on the macro-economy, tax revenues, and will have a positive impact on the incomes of the rural masses. And this in turn will directly impact rural development and progress.
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Access to Services and Expenditure on Health in the State of Uttar Pradesh :The Poor and Not So Poor

Sponsor: The Futures Group, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

November 2003

This study aimed at bringing forth various issues related to access to health care and expenditures incurred on it, especially by the poor. The study aimed at utilizing responses from a survey carried out in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Market Potential for Credit Insurance

Sponsor: Max Group Insurance

October 2003

The study involves the estimation of the total size of the credit market. This involves the analysis of secondary data from many different sources for an appreciation of the different types of credit, given by different firms and for different purposes. It also involves a survey of about 500 potential borrowers to understand their motivation for purchasing credit-life insurance. Finally an analysis of the finance company professionals by way of a qualitative survey to gauge their interest in marketing this product currently unavailable in India was to be carried out.
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A Study on Status & Spread of Marginal Farmers in India

Sponsor: International Development Enterprises

October 2003

In its attempt to expand the market for its highly affordable and appropriate irrigation pumps, IDE was looking to get a better understanding of its core customers, the small and marginal farmers. Accordingly, This study analysed the status and conditions of small and marginal farmers and estimates the market size for IDE products – Treadle pump and Micro-diesel pump. The study identified pointers to marketing strategy as well as the locations where putting greater marketing efforts will yield better results. It also investigated the association between poverty and the need for irrigation.
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The Credit life Insurance Market

Sponsor: New York Life Insurance Company

October 2003

Key Objectives of the study was to identify insights into market characteristics that enables Max New York Life (MNYL) to satisfy credit-life insurance requirements; Size of the accessible credit insurance industry; Characteristics of various segments of the credit industry; What industry professionals believe; What are the consumers ‘openness’ levels towards credit-life insurance.