Asset ownership and investments

The proportion of top earners investing in equities and bonds, and purchasing insurance, is much higher than the all-India average. Seventy-two percent of the top...


Access to Amenities

Electricity, tap water, piped/LPG gas, and toilets are essential amenities and access to these varies according to the economic profile of the households. Nearly 90 percent of all Indian...


Water Body Census 2023

The primary objective of the study is to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the WBC including an understanding of the key research areas and definitions, coverage and quality of data.


India's Rural Tigers

India's growth patterns are more diverse than we conventionally acknowledge. The transformation in income, expenditure, saving and ownership patterns across geographical clusters is occurring even more rapidly than expected.


Indian households' healthcare woes

The low penetration of health insurance and high health costs expose Indian households, especially those at the bottom of the pyramid, to severe financial shocks, according to fresh...


Asking the right questions

Just as non-cash shouldn't mandatorily be imposed, neither should cash. Why has this not figured on a reform agenda between 2004 and 2014, or much earlier?...


How many Indians travel?

You may think that eating out and taking a holiday trip are some of the simpler pleasures of life, but fresh data on household spending across India shows that an overwhelming majority of families in India may find such pleasures beyond their reach...


Let the numbers speak

The discussion on the fall in employment after the November 8 demonetisation relies on anecdotal evidence. It is not backed by data...


How Indians spends

Rural households collectively outspent their urban counterparts over the past year, according to data from a nationally representative consumer survey...


How Indians earn

A fifth of bread-winners in India are salaried employees, a third are labourers, and a little less than half of bread-winners are self-employed, according...


Bridging the connectivity gap

While the government has announced a number of big impact schemes, the focus should now be on creating linkages between various departments and roping in stakeholders with different types of expertise...


Rural ICE

In the concluding part of the series published in Business Standard, the author uses India's Consumer Economy data to demonstrate that 'rural' is not a homogeneous entity...


Milking ICE

In part one of a series published in Business Standard, the author uses data on income distribution to show how India's Consumer Economy (ICE) survey is worth deeper analysis...


Putting rural economy back on track

The process of revitalising agriculture has begun. Now we must take action in a way that yields measurable outcomes and creates a virtuous cycle of demand, growth and prosperity...


Unleashing our growth potential

The slogan for policy-makers this year should be Debate, Decide, Do and Deliver. From a social scientist’s point of view, understanding the body politic of the Indian populace and the roots of societal and economic...