Tarun Jain

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business (ISB).

The Hidden Factors Underlying India’s Skewed Child Sex Ratio

Based on the research of Tarun Jain Why does India have only 918 girls to every 1000 boys in the 0-6 age group? Surprisingly, the answer lies not only in discrimination against girls, but also in land inheritance traditions, says Professor Tarun Jain. As a result of parental competition for boys, girls grow up in larger families, get a smaller share …

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How Language Of Instruction Influences Education Outcomes

In a multi-lingual country with large deficits in education, how does the language of instruction influence learning? Drawing on lessons from the British era, Professor Tarun Jain finds that the language-based reorganization of states helped improved literacy outcomes. In recent decades, mother tongue instruction boosted literacy rates by as much as 18%. Tarun Jain is Assistant Professor in the Economics and …

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Impact Assessment: Data Analysis for Better Decision Making

Adoption of suitable impact assessment methodologies, which combine managerial insights with rigorous data analysis, are necessary for informed decision making and profitable results from the implementation of developmental projects. Four case studies are presented in this cover feature on Impact Assessment which shows that the results of such impact assessment exercises, themselves are inputs for future programmes. The social and economic development budget of …

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Do self-help programmes change hearts and minds? The JEEViKA Experience in Bihar

The effects of trust in poverty reduction programmes may last well after the formal programme ends, thus adding to the long term value accruing from them, says Professor Tarun Jain of the Indian School of Business, based on the findings from a study conducted on the JEEViKA Programme in Bihar. The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (or “JEEViKA’’) is a poverty reduction …

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Overcoming barriers to Women’s Leadership at the Village Level

Tarun Jain, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business; Lata Gangadharan, Professor of Economics at Monash University in Australia; Pushkar Maitra, Professor in the Department of Economics at Monash University in Australia and Joseph Vecci, a PhD student in the Department of Economics, Monash University in Australia based on their field experiment conclude that …

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Kicking Back on Kickbacks: An Experiment in Asymmetric Liability

Can a radical proposal to tackle harassment bribery work in practice? Professor Tarun Jain and his colleagues conducted an experiment to study the potential impact of implementing  an asymmetric liability  policy for bribe givers and takers. In this article, he presents his findings from the study. On the anti-corruption  website, www.ipaidabribe. com, the stories told by citizens are not of fixed …

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Devising Efficient Accounting Standards

Shyam Sunder, James L Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, Yale School of Management, talks to Tarun Jain, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business (ISB), about accounting standards, experimental economics and education. Tarun Jain: In your research you have emphasised that companies should be allowed limited choice of which financial reporting standards to …

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