Tuesday, October 16, 2018

18 October 2018: Incentives for Corporate Social Responsibility in India: Mandate, Peer Pressure or a Crowding-Out Effect

Madhu Khanna
UIUC

Abstract:
The Companies Act of 2013 went into effect in India on April 1, 2014 making it the first law in the world to mandate that companies commit 2% of their profits on corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. However, the Act did not impose penalties on firms that failed to do so, requiring them only to disclose the reasons for non-compliance publically. We use panel data for 39,736 firms with a difference-in- difference model to estimate the average treatment effect of the Act on firms ‘eligible’ for compliance with the Act and in particular to investigate the role of peer pressure in influencing a firm’s response to the Act in 2015 and 2016. We also apply the Regression Discontinuity Design method to estimate the average effect of treatment assignment for units near the threshold of eligibility for compliance with the Act. We find that the Act led to a statistically significant increase in the likelihood of reporting of CSR expenditures and in the level of CSR expenditures by eligible firms and this increase was not accompanied by crowding out of other charitable donations by firms. The effect of the Act was also positive and statistically significant on firms at the threshold of criteria for compliance with the Act. In addition to the direct effect of the Act on CSR expenditures, we find strong evidence of peer pressure in motivating CSR by firms and of these peer pressures being stronger on eligible firms.

Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 03:30 P.M.

Venue:
Seminar Room 2,
Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre,
7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (INDIA)

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Monday, September 24, 2018

28 September 2018: Discussion on The Long March to 2019: Understanding the rise of farmers movements and its impact on the 2019 election

Panellists:
Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Ashoka University
Harish Damodaran, The Indian Express and
V M Singh, Supreme Court lawyer

Abstract:
As we approach the 2019 general elections, Rural and Agricultural distress is an issue which is likely to dominate the election discourse. Over the last few years, India has seen a significant increase in farmers movements, best exemplified by the 'Kisan Long March' which signified the emergence of a new moment in Indian agricultural politics. Election season is therefore likely to see many promises being made to farmers as a response to this new mobilization. In this session of the CPR-TCPD "Dialogues on Indian Politics" we bring together a distinguished panel of academics, journalists and activists to understand the nature of the current rural political economy and its likely impact on the elections next year. In particular this panel will seek to unpack the reason behind the emergence of these new farmers movements. Could this be the beginning of a new politics?

Date: September 28, 2018
Time: 03:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

Note:
Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

28 September 2018: Feminist Engagement with Post-Colonial Developments

Devaki Jain, Economist & Writer

Abstract:
In the seminar, Devaki Jain will present research that forms the core of her two recent volumes and questions given categories in the social sciences, economics and statistics. The essays and lectures in the volumes draw upon Jain's dialogue with academia, governments and international bodies such as the United Nations, over the course of several years. Jain's work traverses territories such as errors in data collection coming out of false perceptions of women's location in the economy to criticisms of how governments understand reality. She points out deep flaws not only in the counting of women and their work but also in the presentation of GDP- a crucial statistic in both assessing a nations progress as well as its components. She argues that GDP is a misleading figure and when it is broken down to unmeasured items, it emerges that 90% or more of India's GDP comes from small-scale, handmade and household industries whereas public investment and financing of institutions and government goes to corporates who actually provide a much smaller percentage of GDP.

Date: September 28, 2018
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Brookings India
No. 6, Second Floor,
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg,
Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi-110021

Note:
Please RSVP: psharma@brookingsindia.org and contact zkazmi@brookingsindia.org for media inquiries.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

17 September 2018: Solutions to save Delhi from getting flooded even with little rain

A. K. Gosain
Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi

Moderator:
Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER

Date: September 17, 2018
Time: 07:00 P.M.

Venue:
Gulmohar Hall,
India Habitat Centre,
Lodi Road,
New Delhi 110003

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

18 September 2018: Effective Enforcement of a Data Protection Regime: A model for risk-based supervision using responsive regulatory tools

Malavika Raghavan
Dvara Research

Abstract:
Enforcement of data protection regulations present some unique challenges, like a market-wide enforcement perimeter and difficulty in identifying contraventions of laws or regulations and harm caused by such contraventions. Taking these factors into consideration, we propose a model of enforcement based on risk-based supervision and the use of a range of responsive enforcement tools. This model attempts to move away from a focus on post-data breach sanctions and considers how the regulatory community might act to minimize contraventions of the data protection regime. As part of this model, we propose a methodology to identify those entities which potentially pose a higher level of risk, to both individuals and the system, when personal data held by them is breached. We also have set out a range of enforcement tools that the regulator may utilize to both prevent and mitigate the effects of a compromise of individuals personal data, as well as some features of institutional design and intersectoral co-ordination required for effective enforcement.

Discussant:
Anirudh Burman, NIPFP

Date: September 18, 2018
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Those who are interested may please confirm your participation at latha.balasubramanian@nipfp.org.in

Thursday, August 9, 2018

10 August 2018: Book discussion on Rule of Law in India: A Quest for Reason

A conversation between author Harish Narasappa, Samvad Partners and DAKSH
and
Ritin Rai, Independent Law Practice Professional

Abstract:
Author Harish Narasappa talks about his book 'Rule of law: A Quest for Reason'. It envisages, inter alia, participatory lawmaking, just and certain laws, a bouquet of human rights, certainty and equality in the application of law, accountability to law, an impartial and non-arbitrary government, and an accessible and fair dispute resolution mechanism. This work’s primary goal is to understand and explain the obvious dichotomy that exists between theory and practice in India’s rule of law structure.

The book discusses the contours of the rule of law in India, the values and aspirations in its evolution, and its meaning as understood by the various institutions, identifying reason as the primary element in the rule of law mechanism. It later examines the institutional, political, and social challenges to the concepts of equality and certainty, through which it evaluates the status of the rule of law in India.

Date: August 10, 2018
Time: 05:00 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

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Please RSVP at president.cpr@cprindia.org.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

7 August 2018: Pulse Revolution for Addressing Protein Malnutrition

Trilochan Mohapatra
Department of Agricultural Research and Education & Director General, ICAR

Chair:
Rajendra Singh Paroda
Former DG, ICAR and Chairman, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Science (TAAS)

Date: August 7, 2018
Time: 07:00 P.M.

Venue:
Causrina Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003 (INDIA)
(Entry from Gate No. 3)

Note:
RSVP: Manish Anand, Tel: 011-24682100, e-mail: manand@teri.res.in

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