Grant-Funded Projects

Alcohol Taxation, Affordability and Price Elasticity: Analysis of 7 Indian States (sponsored by WHO)

In this project, we conduct price and tax elasticity estimates of alcohol consumption and participation for seven states in India, using NFHS 2015-16, NFHS 2004-05 and NSSO 2011-12. Price and tax structure was collected from state excise department. We find that while consumption elasticity and participation elasticity is low, cross-price elasticity between alcoholic product is high. Further, as opposed to conventional knowledge, individuals have a high propensity to switch to more expensive liquor if cheaper liquor is banned. The results have implication for prohibition policy.

Micro-economic Impact of Loans from SHG on Micro-enterprises in India (sponsored by Micro-Finance Institutions Network)

We use Economic Census 2013 to determine the effect of taking loans from Self-Help Groups (SHGs) on size, proportion of females hired and propensity to operate perennially for micro-enterprises in India. We further explore how demand and supply-side determinants affect take-up of loans from SHGs.

Assessment of India’s states on DBT Implementation and Readiness (sponsored by BMGF)

In this project, I am a member of a team which is conducting an assessment of readiness of India’s state governments to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in 8 schemes. The study also requires us to evaluate two state-level inter-nodal agencies. The schemes are MGNREGA, PDS, Fertilizer Subsisdy, ASHA, Aanganwadi, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and Janani Suraksha Yojana. The state-level inter-nodal agencies are State Level Bankers’ Committee and Direct Benefit Transfer Cell. As part of the project, I visited two Union Territories (Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli) and three states (Manipur, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir) where I interacted with government personnel in the entire hierarchy of state government administration. These included senior IAS officers, Director-level bureaucrats, and front line functionaries such as Block Development Officers. Further, I understood the delivery chain of welfare schemes, organization structure, institutional architecture and technological interventions. Report coming out soon.

Business Expectation Survey

Business Expectations Survey (BES) is a quarterly survey conducted by NCAER where we sample firms from four industrial clusters across India, each quarter. The questionnaire seeks responses on firms’ expectations of costs, employment, economic conditions, political climate, confidence in political reforms, etc. Email me at for the lates report and results.

Press Coverage for Round 109, April 2019- Business Today, BloombergQuint, Indian Express, Business Standard