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Research Projects

Harnessing the power of the UChicago economics community, TCD supports 38 research projects to understand some of India’s toughest challenges. Projects cover important sectors such as Behavioral Economics, Education, Energy & Environment, Health & Medicine, Labor Economics, Public Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Water & Sanitation, and Urban Development.

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    Impact Stories

    TCD translates rigorous research into practice by working with policy entrepreneurs to help them make informed decisions. Read more about how TCD is having measurable impact on people’s lives.

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    Impact Story · Dec 18, 2018

    Star Rating Program: Empowering People to Fight Air Pollution

    The program has helped both Maharashtra and Odisha embrace transparency and information disclosure as a regulatory tool
    Energy & Environment
    Research Results
    Small financial incentives create the greatest behavioral shifts in combating diabetes epidemic in India Learn More
    Research Results
    India's new car tax policy encourages large car owners to purchase smaller cars Learn More
    Research Results
    New method of water quality testing proves effective in pinpointing pollution sources and ensuring regulatory compliance Read More
    Research Results
    The success of a nation wide health insurance program hinges on three primary factors: whether people sign up for the service, whether they use it, and whether hospitals participate. Read More

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    News · Jul 8, 2019

    ‘Slum demolitions limit growth’

    The Hindu, one of the premier national dailies in India, interviews Prof Anup Malani to understand the problem statement that our research project on slums is trying to address
    News · Jun 7, 2019

    Come clean, Jharkhand tells industries

    The Telegraph reports on the enforcement of Star Rating Program, first-of-its-kind green transparency initiative in Jharkhand

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