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Demystifying the Indian smart city: An Empirical reading of the smart cities mission


CPR Working paper , 10 August 2018

The newly elected federal Government of India (GoI) launched the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) in 2015 with the stated purpose of improving the governance and infrastructural deficiencies that plague Indian cities. Missing, however, in the pageantry of the new programme is a cohesive understanding of a smart city. While the government documentation repeatedly implies infinite liberty for cities to self-define their understanding of ‘smartness’, the actions demonstrate that there is a larger idea of ‘smartness’ that the federal government seeks to implement. It is at this disjunction, between the rhetoric and practice of the Mission, that this paper finds its core research question – ‘What constitutes a smart city in India?’ Through a detailed reading of the government documentation of the top 99 cities, the paper argues that the there is a profound chasm between the professed objectives of the Mission and the strategies enacted to achieve these objectives.

URL: http://www.cprindia.org/research/papers/demystifying-indian-smart-city-empirical-reading-smart-cities-mission

Courtesy: CPR


Journal of Economic Policy & Research, Volume 13, No 2, April-September 2018


Financial Inclusion and its Determinants: The Case of Goa by Meenakshi Bawa and P. K. Sudarsan
Information Asymmetry, IPO grading & Pricing Efficiency: An Empirical Analysis of IPOs in India by AR Tripathi and Shri Narayan Pandey
Rural to Urban India: A Sustainable or Smart Transformation? by SN Nandy
A Study on Role of Agriculture in Indian Economy by A Kotishwar
Factors Influence to Participate in MGNREGA work: A Case Study in Shettihalli GP in Karnataka by I Maruthi and Pesala Peter
Financial and Social Efficiency: A Non-Radial Bilateral Performance Comparison of Microfinance Institutions of India and Bangladesh by Pallavi Pandey and Ram Pratap Sinha
National Social Assistance (NSA)Programme:A Study on Women Beneficiaries among Dalits and Non-Dalits by P Raghupathi

URL: http://www.ipeindia.org/microsites/data/Journal%20of%20Economic%20Policy%20&%20Research%20April-September,2018%20issue.pdf

Courtesy: IPE

The Journal of Institute of Public Enterprise, Vol : 41, No : 3 & 4, July – December, 2018

Research Papers
Operating Leverage and Profitability : An Empirical Study of Select Public Sector Enterprises in India by 
Niranjan Mandal & Arup Chattopadhyay

Ownership and Efficiency of Indian General Insurance Companies : A Bilateral Comparison Model of Performance by Ram Pratap Sinha
Assessing Systematic Risk Using Time Series Regression : An Evidence from Indian Capital Market by R.P. Prakash & Prakash Basanna
Asset Management Efficiency in Maharatna Central Public Sector Oil Companies in India during the Post-liberalization Era : An Empirical Assessment by Sunil Kumar Yadav 

Managing Women Talent in Indian Central Public Sector Enterprises by Priyanka Mishra & Shulagna Sarkar


Selecting and Inducting Public Sector CEO in India : A Risk Management Perspective by J.P.Dash & Devinder Kumar
Not So Easy for ‘Start-ups’ to Start in India : Government Policies and Start-up Scenario in Ahmedabad by Shreshtha Dabral & Samik Shome

URL: http://www.ipeindia.org/microsites/data/The%20Journal%20of%20IPE%20July%20-%20December%20-%202018.pdf

Courtesy: IPE

Internal borders and migration in India

Zovanga L. Kone, Maggie Y. Liu, Aaditya Mattoo, Çağlar Özden & Siddharth Sharma


Internal mobility is a critical component of economic growth and development, as it enables the reallocation of labor to more productive opportunities across sectors and regions. Using detailed district-to-district migration data from the 2001 Census of India, the paper highlights the role of state borders as significant impediments to internal mobility. The analysis finds that average migration between neighboring districts in the same state is at least 50 percent larger than neighboring districts on different sides of a state border, even after accounting for linguistic differences. Although the impact of state borders differs by education, age, and reason for migration, it is always large and significant. The paper suggests that inter-state mobility is inhibited by state-level entitlement schemes, ranging from access to subsidized goods through the public distribution system to the bias for states’ own residents in access to tertiary education and public sector employment.

URL: https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/2018/internal-borders-and-migration-in-india/

Courtesy: Oxford University

Review of Income and Wealth, Volume 64, Issue 3 , September 2018


Wealth Inequality in Sweden: What can we Learn from Capitalized Income Tax Data? by Jacob Lundberg, Daniel Waldenström

The Measurement of Capital: Retrieving Initial Values from Panel Data by Xi Chen, Tatiana Plotnikova

Second‐Order Discrimination and Generalized Lorenz Dominance by Rafael Salas, John A. Bishop, ,Lester A. Zeager

Multidimensional Inequality Across Three Developed Countries by Nicholas Rohde, Ross Guest

Literacy and the Migrant–Native Wage Gap by Oliver Himmler, Robert Jäckle

Cross‐Country Income Differences Revisited: Accounting for the Role of Intangible Capital by Wen Chen

A Bayesian Measure of Poverty in the Developing World by Zhou Xun, Michel Lubrano

How Fast are Semiconductor Prices Falling?by David M. Byrne, Stephen D. Oliner, Daniel E. Sichel

A Framework for the Simultaneous Measurement of Spatial Variation and Temporal Movement in Prices in a Heterogeneous Country: The Dynamic Household Regional Product Dummy Model by Manisha Chakrabarty, Amita Majumder, Ranjan Ray

Book Review

The Asian poverty ‘miracle’. Impressive accomplishments or incomplete achievements? – By Jacques Silber and Guanghua Wan by Björn A Gustafsson

URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14754991/2018/64/3

Courtesy: Wiley online library

Southern Economic Journal, Volume 85, Issue 2 , October 2018


Risk Preferences, Time Preferences, and Smoking Behavior by Glenn W. Harrison, Andre Hofmeyr, Don Ross, J. Todd Swarthout

When It Rains, It Pours: Under What Circumstances Does Job Loss Lead to Divorce by Melissa Ruby Banzhaf

Macroeconomics with Endogenous Markups and Optimal Taxation by Federico Etro

The Effect of the Fed’s Large‐Scale Asset Purchases on Inflationary Expectations by Willem Thorbecke

The Chain Effect of an Antidumping Policy by Kuo‐Feng Kao, Chao‐Cheng Mai

Educational mismatch and the earnings distribution by Keith A. Bender, Kristen Roche

Investment in Outside Options as Opportunistic Behavior: An Experimental Investigation by Hodaka Morita, Maroš Servátka

What Happens to the Employers Involved in Mass Layoffs? by Elizabeth Weber Handwerker, Lowell Mason

Open Borders for Business? Causes and Consequences of the Regulation of Foreign Entry by Lewis Davis, Claudia R. Williamson

Give Me Liberty, or I Will Produce Underground: Effects of Economic Freedom on the Shadow Economy by Aziz N. Berdiev, James W. Saunoris, Friedrich Schneider

Do Negative Random Shocks Affect Trust and Trustworthiness? by Hernán Bejarano, Joris Gillet, Ismael Rodriguez‐Lara

Household Informedness and Long‐Run Inflation Expectations: Experimental Evidence by Carola Binder, Alex Rodrigue

Pre‐Play Learning and the Preference Reversal Phenomenon by Younjun Kim , Elizabeth Hoffman

Requiring Versus Recommending Preparation Before Class: Does It Matter? by Martin S. Andersen, Dora Gicheva, Jeffrey Sarbaum

URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/23258012/2018/85/2

Courtesy: Wiley online library

On the taxing of migrants’ earnings while retaining a migrant workforce

Oded Stark and Wiktor Budzinski.

ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy No. 263. 2018.

We study policies that are aimed at retaining a migrant workforce in a Gulf State while introducing a tax on migrant earnings. We single out Qatar as a case study. We consider two types of migrants: target migrants, and non-target migrants. If migrants are target migrants, we show that in order to neutralize the effect of a tax on their earnings, Qatar needs to extend the length of time migrants are allowed to stay.

Such a scheme can work even when the migrants experience utility loss from staying longer in Qatar. If migrants are non-target migrants, we show that implementation of a lottery scheme in which the prizes are life-long residency in Qatar can “compensate” for the imposition of the tax. In both cases, we present numerical examples that illustrate the magnitudes involved.

URL: https://www.zef.de/uploads/tx_zefportal/Publications/ZEF_DP_263_OS.pdf

Courtesy: ZEF