Recent Trends in Women’s Employment in Rural India

That female labor force participation (FLFP) is U-shaped in per capita income is one significant¬†stylized fact at the intersection of development and labor economics. At low levels of development, subsistence requirements render women's work a necessity for household survival. At higher incomes, the nature of employment changes, with the growth of manufacturing jobs that tend … Continue reading Recent Trends in Women’s Employment in Rural India

What We’re Watching – Muralidharan and Basu

The latest Ideas for India (I4I) interview installment features Karthik Muralidharan (UCSD) speaking with Kaushik Basu (World Bank/Cornell) on "big and small ideas in development economics." Fans of the I4I forum which brings in preeminent Indian academic/practitioners to discuss policy should also check out the August 2015 Arvind Subramaniam conversation on "Charting a Course for … Continue reading What We’re Watching – Muralidharan and Basu

Tutorial: FuzzyWuzzy String Matching in Python – Improving Merge Accuracy Across Data Products and Naming Conventions

If you work with manually-entered string character data or data coming from multiple providers, you may encounter the reality of not being able to a.) merge the data, or b.) produce correct summary statistics.¬† Regarding a.), take the example in the picture of Indian district names exported from two data sources -- we'd have a … Continue reading Tutorial: FuzzyWuzzy String Matching in Python – Improving Merge Accuracy Across Data Products and Naming Conventions

On Working with India’s NSS Data in an OS/X Environment

I've shifted gears after spending the last few months with district-level data and begun getting my hands dirty with the National Sample Survey data the Indian government regularly compiles.¬† If you're familiar with the flat text/ASCII approach to digging out your data, you understand the unwieldiness of this format in which variables are created from … Continue reading On Working with India’s NSS Data in an OS/X Environment