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Clear data doubts on India's growth story -N Madhavan

tion year) jumping to 8.2 per cent from the earlier 7.2 per cent, making it the fastest growth rate under the new series. Around the same time came reports of the government trying to suppress the national sample survey Organisation (NSSO) report on unemployment. The report, which was eventually leaked to the media, showed unemployment at a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18 as against 2.2 per cent in 2011-12. Suddenly, Indian economic data

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The shape of the jobs crisis -Santosh Mehrotra

-The Hindu India has no industrial policy or employment strategy to ride the wave of its demographic dividend Job creation has slowed since 2011-12, the year of the last published national sample survey Office (NSSO) labour force survey. I used Labour Bureau annual survey (2015-16) data and Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd. (CMIE) data (post-2016), which has a sample size larger than the NSSO labour force surveys, to reach this co

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India Does Have a Real Employment Crisis -- And it's Worsening -Santosh Mehrotra

e strength of analysis of household surveys – Annual Survey, Labour Bureau (LB) 2015-16 – with a sample size the same or larger than the five-yearly employment-unemployment surveys of the national sample survey Organization (NSSO). We also used survey data, available since 2016, of the Centre for Monitoring of the Indian Economy (CMIE), which has a sample size larger than the LB Annual Survey and the NSSO surveys. Both surveys that were

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Everyone is afraid of data -Sonalde Desai

s held up by the new government, allegedly due to the fear that it showed Gujarat in poor light. Sometimes these concerns lead to lack of investment in data collection itself, as is the case with the national sample survey, or the NSS’s Employment-Unemployment surveys (not conducted since 2011-12), forcing public policy to rely on non-comparable statistics from other sources such as the data from the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation

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Is Small Still Beautiful? Revisiting the Farm-Size Productivity Debate -Sarthak Gaurav and Srijit Mishra

ell-known debate on the inverse relationship between farm-size and agricultural productivity. Using unit level data from Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of Agricultural Households in the 70th Round national sample survey (NSS), we test the relationship between yield (output per hectare) and land operated as well as the relationship between net returns per hectare and land operated for three major crops: paddy, wheat, and cotton. Conditional on sever

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There's a hole in the data -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

ate capacities for a timely, reliable, decentralised data regime. The credibility of India’s data systems is under serious threat with the recent controversy over the employment data of the national sample survey. While the Census of India and the national sample survey Organisation (NSSO) have a good reputation, when it comes to data related to the social sector — health, education, nutriti

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STREANH in numbers -James Wilson

falsehood, deceit and invented truths — statistics. Note the brazen manner in which the chief of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, Bibek Debroy, declared recently that a new national sample survey will be conducted by the government to show there is substantial job creation, thereby countering the latest report by the national sample survey Office (NSSO). Debroy’s comment

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Surveying India's unemployment numbers -Mahesh Vyas

fast frequency measures of household well-being in 2014. In its household survey, called the Consumer Pyramids Household Survey (CPHS), the sample size was 172,365 as compared to that of the official national sample survey Organisation (NSSO), which was 101,724. In both surveys, the sample selection method has been broadly the same. The CPHS is comprehensive, surveying its entire sample every four months. Each survey is a wave. The CPHS is also a c

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No Correct System of Collecting Job Data, Says PM After Report Showed 45-Year Unemployment High

dent fund and National Pension System (NPS), Income Tax filings and sale of vehicles among others. His defence came amid allegations of jobless growth, which has been highlighted by a leaked NSSO (national sample survey Office) report, which pegged unemployment at a 45-year-high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18, but has not been released since December. Two members of the National Statistics Commission had resigned over it, alleging that the government h

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Dharavi Small Units on the Brink of Disaster -Amey Tirodkar

s of Dharavi Businessmen Welfare Association, there are 1,000 small units in the area – be it plastic recycling, leather, garments, aluminium factories and bakeries. The leaked report of the national sample survey Office (NSSO) data has recorded a spike in unemployment in 2017-18. The Union government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has denied the findings of NSSO data. But the reality on ground is entirely different than what the N

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