An autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance


Ongoing projects

A study of Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers in India

  • Start date July, 2016
  • Completion date Dec., 2017
  • Sponsor IDRC, Canada
  • Project leader Pinaki Chakraborty
  • Other faculty Lekha Chakraborty, Manish Gupta, Amandeep Kaur
  • Focus

    Objective of the proposed study is to examine the systems, institutions, architecture of federalism and decentralisation in the country and how they have evolved over time and how the transfer system has addressed the issue of regional inequality, human development and basic social service delivery differentials in India. The study would contribute to NIPFP’s institutional objectives of assisting the Central, State and Local governments in formulating and reforming public policies by providing an analytical base and would be a rich source of learning for other countries in the region.

    The study is part of an 18-month research project undertaken jointly with the Social Policy and Development Centre(SPDC).

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    Related event: Seminar on "Emerging Issues in State Finances Post-Fourteenth Finance Commission: Analysis of State budgets 2016-17", held on 13 December, 2016 at IIC, New Delhi. Details

    Related papers: Analysis of State budgets 2016-17 PDF

    Policy note PDF

Reform of the Government School system: Towards greater trust

  • Start date Dec., 2015
  • Completion date June, 2016
  • Sponsor Azim Premji University
  • Project leader Sukanya Bose
  • Other faculty Satadru Sikdar
  • Consultants/Other authors Arvind Sardana, Director of Eklavya
  • Focus
    Abstract: Bringing about equity and quality in education faces serious challenges. The enhanced demand for education especially among the most marginalised sections of the society has gone hand in hand with increasing stratification of education. The “crowding out” of public schools by private schools has led to opportunities for schooling being distributed in an unequal manner depending on income. On the other hand, the low standards of public education with the weak functionality of the government schools offers little alternative to the private sector schools, even if the latter is of largely ramshackle quality. Unless there are reforms in government schooling system, strong market advocates of low cost private schools will make deeper inroads.
    One of the main hurdles to proper reform of public schooling is the financial constraint. More and more people in policy circles seem to fall for the argument that proper government schools are simply not affordable from the point of view of the State, hence there is little sense in speaking of equity. Some authors demonstrate that even an allocation of 6% of GDP to the education budget would not be sufficient to fund universal school education if the reliance is to be wholly or even primarily on government school system. This study will attempt to examine the assumptions underlying the resource constraint model.
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Study on How do disclosures affect financial choices? The Case of Life Insurance of India

  • Start date Jan., 2016
  • Completion date Oct., 2016
  • Sponsor International Growth Centre, The London School of Economic and Political Science
  • Project leader Ajay Shah
  • Focus

    To understand household motivation for the purchase of insurance products and evaluate the effectiveness of different disclosures formats for insurance products. 

Financial Globalisation and Economic Growth: An Empirical Investigation for South Asia

  • Sponsor ICSSR
  • Project leader N.R. Bhanumurthy

The implementation of WDRA Transformation Programme

  • Start date Jan., 2016
  • Completion date June, 2017
  • Sponsor The Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA)
  • Project leader Ajay Shah
  • Other faculty M/F Team
  • Focus

    To provide policy and analytical support to the WDRA for the implementation of WDRA Transformation plan its various components.