The major focus of the Unit is on macroeconomic issues of the Indian economy with special emphasis on areas relating to public economics, planning and development, poverty and public policy and urban infrastructure. The research agenda of the Unit has included issues relating to central, state and local finances, inter and intra-regional disparities in the levels of living, fiscal federalism and inter-governmental fiscal relations and privatisation and public enterprise reform. The studies on urban local finances and issues related to urban infrastructure and housing have also received attention. There has been a particular focus in the studies on domestic trade taxes in India. Studies have also been undertaken on expenditure restructuring at central and state levels. The Unit works closely with the State Government in the design and reform of the State tax system.
The economics unit
has been strengthened recently by merging the quantitative analysis and rural economics
units with it. With this, the economics unit has the additional responsibility of
providing expertise in the application of quantitative analysis in social science research
and training. The unit will also have a renewed focus on anti-poverty interventions
and rural development issues. The unit will be further strengthened by filling up
the vacant positions with young and well-trained economists in the near future.
of Faculty who are associated with the unit
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