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Not in Her Name

There have been insistent calls for collection of sex-disaggregated asset data, particularly with respect to landownership, but the government's data collection efforts leave much to be desired. This article presents national level estimates of men and women's incidence of agricultural landownership for the first time, using the India Human Development Survey, 2011-12. Evidence shows that property in women's name is empowering and can have a transformative effect on their lives and of their families and children.

Subsidies for Whom?

Using data from the Indian Human Development Survey 2004-05, this article shows that with the change in LPG pricing, neither the benefi ciaries of the current LPG subsidy nor the poorest households are the ones to be affected. The larger agenda must be a multi-pronged policy that promotes improved cooking stoves and cleaner fuels, provides specifi c incentives for poor households to be able to make the switch, and improves LPG distribution networks in order to expand clean fuel use in the country.

Gender Asset and Wealth Gaps

In the discussions concerning progress on gender equality, the status of women's asset ownership is a critical missing indicator. Assets are a product of accumulated income, reflecting long-term well-being, and thus are important for determining livelihood choices. While there is general agreement that few women own key assets, there is no systematic sex-disaggregated asset data to measure or monitor. Households are the unit of analysis in standard surveys, where the only feasible gender analysis is by sex of the household head. Using data from a state-representative survey conducted in 2010-11, this paper presents estimates of the gender asset and wealth gaps. The results show substantial gender disparities with respect to asset ownership and wealth.

Pensioners' Paradise to IT: The Fallacy That Is Bangalore

The standard discourse about Bangalore is that the IT industry has destroyed what was a pensioners' paradise. Such popular constructions of who constituted the city earlier and who constitute it today betray their exclusivism.

Putting the Cart before a Non-Existent Horse

The NCEUS report is an important step towards bringing unorganised sector workers under some form of social protection. However, the cart of a social security system needs three galloping horses to take it to the destination of a deprivation-free unorganised worker: viable enterprises, successful poverty alleviation programmes and congenial macro policies, none of which is in sight.

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