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It is not too late, but it soon will be


This is the last column I will be writing as director of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. I will focus on the gravity of India’s fiscal situation, which I have been pointing out since 2016. The fragility of central government finances is partly legacy, part refusal to ...

The Indian corporate bond market: From the IL&FS default to the pandemic


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(Co-authored with Harsh Vardhan)


The banking sector is the most important financial intermediary in India’s debt market. Over the last few years the bond market has emerged as an alternative to the banking sector especially for the top rated firms. This trend has been pronounced ever since the banking ...

Child Budgeting During COVID-19: The Case of Indian State of Karnataka


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(Co-authored with Lekha Chakraborty)
Extraordinary times require extraordinary policy responses.
This blog explores the efficacy of ‘child budgeting’ in public financial management (PFM) to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. We argue that this should be an essential component of government fiscal responses. Globally an estimated 6,000 child ...

Rethinking work, home and office


When the pandemic subsides, some of the old ways will return, but a significant change in the organisation of work is likely to remain. Real estate faces important shifts. In this article, we speculate about how this might pan out. Interaction-intensive consumer-facing services will demand less real estate. The impact ...

Pricing education: An example from Uttar Pradesh


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(Co-authored with Shubho Roy)


School shutdowns across the country have sparked disagreements between parents and schools about fees. Parents filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking more time to pay schools due to COVID-19. The Supreme Court refused to hear the petition, arguing that it had to be ...