Yamini Aiyar

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Education reforms, bureaucracy and the puzzles of implementation: A case study from Bihar

It is a widely accepted truth that the Indian state suffers from a serious crisis of implementation capability. Despite widespread recognition of this crisis, there is remarkably little analytical work on how the Indian state works, particularly at the level of implementation. Read more »

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Education reforms, bureaucracy and the puzzles of implementation: A case study from Bihar

Taxes: Price of Civilization or Tribute to Leviathan?

There are two dominant narratives about taxation. One is that taxes are the “price we pay for a civilized society” (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.). Read more »

The Post Office State

Publication Name: 
Caravan
News Date: 
03/01/2015

Class Struggle

As the example of 16 block education offices in four states shows, school officials, burdened by paperwork, find little time for meaningful interaction with students, teachers and parents to bring about change

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Business Standard
News Date: 
03/19/2015

Taxes: Price of Civilization or Tribute to Leviathan?

Taxes are either loved or hated: they're seen either as promoting social equality or retarding economic growth. Yamini Aiyar and Lant Pritchett add nuance to this picture and look at the productive and unproductive role taxes play in an Indian context.  

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Value Subtraction in Public Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary Schooling in India

We combine newly created data on per student government expenditure on children in government elementary schools across India, data on per student expenditure by households on students attending private elementary schools, and the ASER measure of learning achievement of students in rur Read more »

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Value Subtraction in Public Sector Production: Accounting Versus Economic Cost of Primary Schooling in India
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Lant Pritchett and Yamini Aiyar

Rights, Accountability and Citizenship: Examining India's Emerging Welfare State

Public sector service delivery in India is notorious for its low coverage, poor quality and high corruption. This is in striking contrast to the political commitment toinclusive development, and the aspirations of the Indian Constitution. Read more »

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Rights, Accountability and Citizenship: Examining India’s Emerging Welfare State
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Yamini Aiyar and Michael Walton

Spectators or Participants? Examining the Effects of Social Audits on Citizen-State Relations and the Local Politics of Corruption in Andhra Pradesh

How does a hierarchical, top-down state respond to efforts to become directly accountable to its citizens? This paper analyses this question through India’s experience with implementing social audits for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP), India. Read more »

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Spectators or Participants? Examining the Effects of Social Audits on Citizen-State Relations and the Local Politics of Corruption in Andhra Pradesh
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Yamini Aiyar and Soumya Kapoor Mehta

Incentivising Rural Sanitation: The Nirmal Gram Puraskar

The field notes in this series seek to document accountability mechanisms built into key government programs for service delivery. Read more »

निगरानी बिना अभियान!

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Rajasthan Patrika
News Date: 
08/08/2010