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Do Electronic Voting Machines Work for Indian Voters?

Professor Sisir Debnath and co-authors find that electronic voting machines protect democracies from electoral fraud. An unexpected benefit is that the provision of a key public good, electricity, improves measurably. The integrity of electronic voting machines (EVMs) is a controversial topic. News reports continue to debate the relative costs and benefits of EVMs and paper ballots. According to a 2017 Economic …

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Are People Managers in India Ready for Change?

Is India ready to embrace a composite workforce with robots and humans, diverse demographic segments, and public-private sector talent sharing? Professor Chandrasekhar Sripada, Executive Director of ISB’s Human Capital and Leadership Initiative (HC&LI), provides his expert views. ISBInsight: If you look at current trends in human capital and technology, what are some takeaways for people managers in this environment? Chandrasekhar Sripada: Almost …

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Word of Mouth Matters for Healthcare

What drives uptake of tertiary healthcare services? Word of mouth effects may have an important role to play, say Professor Chirantan Chatterjee and his co-authors. Hospitals across India set up many free health check-ups every year. Health activists often run campaigns on ways to screen diseases such as breast cancer and cervical cancer. Despite such efforts, awareness about many diseases remains …

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Data for Policy Impact

Dr Avik Sarkar, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at NITI Aayog and In-charge of the NITI Aayog Data Analytics Cell, visited the Applied Statistics and Computing Lab at the Indian School of Business in March 2018. Below are excerpts of his conversation with Professor Bhimasankaram Pochiraju, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the ASLC. Professor Pochiraju passed away in early …

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Are CEO Appointments in India Caste/Religion Biased?

Do top Indian companies hire professional Chief Executive Officers on the basis of caste or religion? And does it matter for financial performance? Professors Naga Lakshmi Damaraju and her co-author Anil K Makhija offer some surprising insights on these important questions. Whether Chief Executive Officer (CEO) appointments at the largest corporations are driven by the biases of firm owners is an …

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Why Stock Prices Tumble after Bank CEO Turnover

Change in top leadership, specifically in banks, is marked by a shift in strategy and an immediate decline in stock prices. Research into bank CEO turnover provides insights on how career concerns and management incentives lead to distortionary practices. On behalf of ISBInsight, Ujval Nanavati spoke with two authors of the paper ‘Effects of CEO Turnover in Banks’, Krishnamurthy Subramanian …

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The Dilemmas in Using Behavioural Big Data

Behavioural Big Data (BBD) refers to very large and rich multidimensional data sets on human and social behaviours, actions, and interactions, which have become available to companies, governments, and researchers. However, behavioural researchers using big data face not only methodological and technical challenges but also ethical and moral dilemmas, says Professor Galit Shmueli. Professor Galit Shmueli is Tsing Hua Distinguished Professor …

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Saving Lives: Emergency Medical Services in India

BY MILIND SOHONI, WITH ANUBRATA BANERJEE By the year 2025, road traffic deaths in India are expected to cross 250,000 annually. Providing timely and high-quality emergency health services is a challenge, given supply-side problems, regulatory and policy issues, and lack of awareness about emergency care in the country. A robust national emergency medical service with an interdisciplinary approach is the need …

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