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The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index: A new global ranking of governments based on what they are doing to tackle the gap between rich and poor

Max Lawson and Mathew Martin
Oxfam Report, July 2017

In 2015, the leaders of 193 governments promised to reduce inequality as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without reducing inequality, meeting the SDG to eliminate poverty will be impossible. Now Development Finance International and Oxfam have produced the first index to measure the commitment of governments to reducing the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index uses a new database of indicators covering 152 countries, which measures government action on social spending, tax and labour rights – three areas found to be critical to reducing inequality.

This first version of the CRI Index is work in progress, and DFI and Oxfam welcome comments and additions. We find that there is an urgent need for coordinated global investment to significantly improve the data on inequality and policies to reduce it, and much greater concerted action by governments across the world to reduce the gap between rich and poor.

url – http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/publications/the-commitment-to-reducing-inequality-index-a-new-global-ranking-of-governments-620316
courtesy – Oxfam


Kerala Agricultural Statistics 2016-17

DES Kerala, 2017


Final Area and Production of Winter Paddy 2016-17
Estimated area of Summer Paddy 2016-17
Production of Dry Fodder – Autumn season 2016-17
2nd Advance estimate of Area, Production & Yield of Principal Crops
Estimated area of Winter paddy 2016-17
Panchayat wise mean yield of paddy 2016-17
Forecast Report of Paddy (Autumn) 2016-17
Final Estimated area of autumn and Paddy 2016-17
First Advance of Area, Production & Yield of Principal Crops 2016-17

url – http://www.ecostat.kerala.gov.in/index.php/reports/200.html
courtesy – Dept. Of Economics and Statistics, Kerala

Domesticating water supplies through rainwater harvesting in Mumbai

Cat Button
Gender & Development, Volume 25, 2017 – Issue 2: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Mumbai is a city where 60 per cent of the population are living in poverty in informal settlements, with low – and decreasing – water access, and low resilience to water shortage. In the middle-class areas of the city, inhabitants are being made responsible for securing their own water supplies via rainwater-harvesting technology, which is increasingly installed in new housing. This shifts responsibility for water provision from city authorities to private households. The domestication of water supplies could potentially give residents more control, and could also change the gendered power balance of water provision. However, this article argues that making the middle classes responsible for their own water provision in a context of water shortage and environmental concerns has justice implications. People living in poverty are not able to self-provision in this way; yet on the other hand, the move could free up more of the piped water supply. The article draws on three case studies offering different experiences of the impact of the policy, to reflect on concepts of power, gender, and environmental justice.

url – http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13552074.2017.1339949
courtesy -T&F

Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, Issue No. 29, 22 Jul, 2017



Targeting Lalu

The Importance of Being Independent

Clear Bias against Domestic Workers

Fom 50 Years Ago

From 50 Years Ago: Who’s Afraid of Naxalbari

Law and Society

Rethinking India’s Federalism by Alok Prasanna Kumar

National Bureau of Economic Research Latest Working Papers during the week of July 31, 2017

The following NBER Working Papers were released in electronic format this week. Abbreviations in parentheses refer to NBER Research Programs. (visit http://www.nber.org/programs for Program information.)

1.  Tax Audits as Scarecrows: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment by Marcelo L. Bergolo, Rodrigo Ceni, Guillermo Cruces, Matias Giaccobasso, Ricardo Perez-Truglia #23631 (DEV LE PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23631?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

2.  When Demand Increases Cause Shakeouts by Thomas N. Hubbard, Michael J. Mazzeo #23639 (IO) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23639?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

3.  Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments by Damon Clark, David Gill, Victoria Prowse, Mark Rush #23638 (ED) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23638?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

4.  Contagion During the Initial Banking Panic of the Great Depression by Erik Heitfield, Gary Richardson, Shirley Wang #23629 (DAE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23629?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

5.  The Welfare Effects of Long-Term Health Insurance Contracts by Benjamin R. Handel, Igal Hendel, Michael D. Whinston #23624 (HC IO PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23624?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

6.  The Landscape of US Generic Prescription Drug Markets, 2004-2016 by Ernst R. Berndt, Rena M. Conti, Stephen J. Murphy #23640 (HC HE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23640?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

7.  Disclosure Rules and Declared Essential Patents by Rudi Bekkers, Christian Catalini, Arianna Martinelli, Cesare Righi, Timothy Simcoe #23627 (IO PR) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23627?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

8.  The Impacts of Reduced Access to Abortion and Family Planning Services: Evidence from Texas by Stefanie Fischer, Heather Royer, Corey White #23634 (CH HC HE LE PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23634?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

9.  Quicksand or Bedrock for Behavioral Economics? Assessing Foundational Empirical Questions by Victor Stango, Joanne Yoong, Jonathan Zinman #23625 (AG AP DEV EEE EFG HE IO LE LS PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23625?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

10.  Gender: An Historical Perspective by Paola Giuliano #23635 (POL) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23635?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

11.  Multi Product Firms, Import Competition, and the Evolution of Firm-product Technical Efficiencies by Emmanuel Dhyne, Amil Petrin, Valerie Smeets, Frederic Warzynski #23637 (PR) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23637?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

12.  The Effects of U.S. Monetary Policy on Emerging Market Economies’ Sovereign and Corporate Bond Markets by John D. Burger, Francis E. Warnock, Veronica Cacdac Warnock #23628 (IFM) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23628?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

13.  The Taxation of Recreational Marijuana: Evidence from Washington State by Benjamin Hansen, Keaton Miller, Caroline Weber #23632 (HE IO PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23632?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

14.  Private Equity and Financial Fragility during the Crisis by Shai Bernstein, Josh Lerner, Filippo Mezzanotti #23626 (CF) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23626?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

15.  Hours, Occupations, and Gender Differences in Labor Market Outcomes by Andres Erosa, Luisa Fuster, Gueorgui Kambourov, Richard Rogerson #23636 (EFG) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23636?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

16.  It’s a Cruel Summer: Household Responses to Reductions in Government Nutrition Assistance by Lorenzo Almada, Ian McCarthy #23633 (HE PE) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23633?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw

17.  Exporting and Organizational Change by Lorenzo Caliendo, Ferdinando Monte, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg #23630 (ITI) http://papers.nber.org/papers/w23630?utm_campaign=ntw&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ntw


Courtesy: NBER

European Economic Review, Volume 96, July 2017


Carbon pricing, carbon sequestration and social discounting by Maria Elisa Belfiori

Volatility and slow technology diffusion by Domenico Ferraro

Global samaritans? Donor election cycles and the allocation of humanitarian aid by Kurt Annen, Scott Strickland

Signaling quality through gifts: Implications for the charitable sector by Andreas Lange, Michael K. Price, Rudy Santore

Immigrants and firms’ outcomes: Evidence from France by Cristina Mitaritonna, Gianluca Orefice, Giovanni Peri

European Economic Review, Volume 95, June 2017


Impact of pension system structure on international financial capital allocation by James Staveley-O’Carroll, Olena M. Staveley-O’Carroll

Heterogeneous risk/loss aversion in complete information all-pay auctions by Zhuoqiong (Charlie) Chen, David Ong, Ella Segev

Managing innovation: Optimal incentive contracts for delegated R&D with double moral hazard by Joaquín Poblete, Daniel Spulber

Dissecting fiscal multipliers under the fiscal theory of the price level by Peder Beck-Friis, Tim Willems

Collusion and information revelation in auctions by bAniol Llorente-Saguer, Ro’i Zultan

De-targeting: Advertising an assortment of products to loss-averse consumers by Heiko Karle, Martin Peitz

Capital regulation and the macroeconomy: Empirical evidence and macroprudential policy by Roland Meeks

Habit formation in consumption: A meta-analysis by Tomas Havranek, Marek Rusnak, Anna Sokolova

Benefits to elite schools and the expected returns to education: Evidence from Mexico City by Ricardo Estrada, Jérémie Gignoux

Job security and long-term investment: An experimental analysis by Gary Charness, Ramón Cobo-Reyes, Natalia Jiménez, Juan A. Lacomba, Francisco Lagos