May 08, 2020
Relax FRBM target for states to fight COVID-19
In the Financial Express, Prakhar Misra and Sharmadha Srinivasan discuss the financial struggles that Indian states face as a result of the economic damage due to Covid-19. They recommend a set of actions to provide them with more resources....
May 06, 2020
After eventual lifting of lockdown, behavioural science must form key part of India's COVID-19 response
In Firstpost, Kadambari Shah and Priya Vedavalli write about the importance to use behavioural science in public policy, specifically in the COVID-19 response as the lockdown come to an end. They explain how it can be done....
May 05, 2020
Opinion | The covid shock could alter people’s financial priorities
May 03, 2020
Zombie economies betwixt curve and waves
In this article Shankkar Aiyar discusses the dilemma that governments face as they try to seek a balance between the twin challenges of life and livelihood. He also discusses how the pandemic has expanded debt and deficit across countries and the o...
May 01, 2020
Global strategies for Covid-19 response
With Indian states developing their own guidelines and strategies for COVID-19 response, this document details the various measures adopted by other countries. Based on a review of digital news media and personal interviews of officials in country go...
April 30, 2020
PM Garib Kalyan Yojana: Coverage, Identification and Implementation
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) is a relief package of Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore announced to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme is built upon twelve different schemes already institutionalised by the government. It uses various channels to...
April 30, 2020
Indian state strategies for Covid-19 response
With Indian states developing their own guidelines and strategies for COVID-19 response, this note documents policy decisions and announcements of all Indian states (except Kerala), subject to its appearance in the public domain.
April 26, 2020
Templeton shock and eerie silence of the Sarkar
In this article, Shankkar Aiyar discusses the need for a policy response to address the crisis in the savings sector. The discussion comes in the wake of the recent announcement by one of India's largest mutual funds to wind up six of their credit ...
April 22, 2020
Opinion | This crisis could rip apart the usual macro policy playbook
If India sees a weak economic recovery after COVID19, it calls for painful policy options like fiscal austerity, financial repression, higher inflation, and higher tax rates. Extraordinary times lead to a radical departure from the standard macroecon...
April 21, 2020
COVID-19 a grim reminder for govts to improve sanitation, housing in cities to prevent pandemics; science won't be enough
#COVID19 has exposed the fault lines in our urban infrastructure. Vaidehi Tandel makes a case for city governments to focus delivery of better sanitation and housing conditions on Firstpost.