World Bank Research Digest


Volume 12, No. 2, Winter 2018

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on India.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. A Long History of World Bank Research Focusing on India.
  2. Looking Back on Two Decades of Poverty and Well-Being in IndiaPoverty reduction has accelerated in India. But there is still room to make the gains more inclusive and more responsive to growth.
    Ambar Narayan and Rinku Murgai.
  3. For India’s Rural Poor, Growing Towns Matter More Than Growing CitiesIn India today, the growth of secondary towns may do more to reduce rural poverty than the growth of big cities.
    John Gibson, Gaurav Datt, Rinku Murgai, and Martin Ravallion
  4. Weighing the Cost-Effectiveness of Strategies to Reduce Teacher Absence in IndiaHiring more teachers increases the time teachers spend with students. So does hiring more inspectors. Which is more cost-effective?
    Karthik Muralidharan, Jishnu Das, Alaka Holla, and Aakash Mohpal
  5. Flies without Borders: Lessons from Chennai on Improving Municipal Public Health ServicesChennai offers some lessons for other Indian cities on how to improve the governance of public health services.
    Monica Das Gupta, Rajib Dasgupta, P. Kugananthan, Vijayendra Rao, T. V. Somanathan, and K. N. Tewari
  6. Are Invisible Walls Inhibiting Internal Migration in India? India has unusually low migration across state borders. One possible reason: state-level administration of benefits and preferences.
    Zovanga L. Kone, Maggie Y. Liu, Aaditya Mattoo, Çaglar Özden, and Siddharth Sharma
  7. Making It Easier to Apply for a Bank Account in India. India’s financial inclusion program has made it easier to get a bank account. But applicants continue to incur a range of costs.
    Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, Leora Klapper, Saniya Ansar and Aditya Jagati
  8. Managing Food Price Volatility in India. India’s food security policy has been successful in stabilizing the prices of staples, though at a high cost. Are there less costly alternatives?
    Christophe Gouel, Madhur Gautam, and Will J. Martin
  9. Uncertainty and Inefficiency in South India’s Groundwater Markets. Inefficiencies in South India’s groundwater markets may reduce the likelihood that small farmers adopt water-saving technologies.
    Xavier Giné and Hanan G. Jacoby
  10. Deliberative Inequality: A Text-as-Data Study of Village Assemblies in India. Deliberations in village meetings in India are strongly influenced by gender inequality. But female leadership can reverse this bias.
    Ramya Parthasarathy, Vijayendra Rao, and Nethra Palaniswamy
  11. Cultural Impediments to Cooperating: A Study of Low- and High-Caste Men in Rural IndiaHigh-caste men in North India show a poor ability to learn to cooperate in an experiment—an impediment likely to be at work in real life.
    Benjamin Brooks, Karla Hoff, and Priyanka Pandey
  12. Recent Policy Research Working Papers on India



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