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Conversations at Takshashila: Key Insights from the ASER 2018 Report

ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) is an annual survey that provides annual estimates of children’s schooling status and basic learning levels for each state and rural district in India. (ASER Centre). In this episode, Nidhi Gupta, Anupam Manur, and...

Why Aren’t We Law-Abiding?

Kaushik Basu’s new book titled”Republic of Beliefs” uses game theory to explore why some laws are obeyed while others are flouted. No one doubts that air pollution is a big concern in the National Capital Region of Delhi. Every year,...

Nidhi Gupta Gives a TEDx Talk at NIT Trichy

Nidhi Gupta, the Associate Dean of Takshashila’s policy school, gave a TEDx talk at NIT Trichy on August 11. She talked about an eight-fold path to transforming India and how each one of us can enable ourselves to participate in...

Empowerment and Fragility

Zeynep Tufecki’s book, Twitter and Tear Gas, is an insightful analysis of the impact of social media on protests and social movements in today’s radically networked societies.

C is for Cyber

The book Listening In by Prof Susan Landau studies the clash between the individual’s need for privacy and the law enforcement agencies’ need for access to information. It traces the evolution of cyber security and is a must read for...

Why study public policy

Public policy is pervasive and affects us all. Knowledge of public policy is vital in many careers today. This article is about the skills that students of public policy acquire and the options to study public policy in India.

Get Criminals Out Of Politics

To break the nexus of crime and politics in India, we should not wait until the conviction of accused candidates. Once criminal charges are framed against candidates, they should be debarred from contesting elections.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match

This article is a book review of the fascinating book Who Gets What and Why, by Nobel laureate Alvin Roth. Roth studies the design of matching markets and identifies the four pillars for an efficient design using examples of markets...

Where is the Nudge Unit?

The Indian government had promised to set up a Nudge Unit and use the insights of behavioural economics to shape public policy. The 2018 Union budget revealed no signs of it.

On Sale: Your Vote

Our data, taken without our consent, can be used for informational warfare that harms our democracy. The actions of social media and analytics companies are a clear threat to voters’ rights to make free and fair choices.
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