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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


The National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) is looking to hire researcher(s) on a full-time basis. Our work is inter-disciplinary, bringing together knowledge of public economics, public administration, law, and quantitative research.

Researchers in technology policy

There is a great collision taking place between the development of science and technology, and the public policy process. In the Technology Policy group at NIPFP, we aspire to understand cutting edge issues in the field, develop novel ideas and insights, and contribute to the policy process. While our aspirations extend to a broad array of issues in the overall landscape of technology policy, at present, our work is primarily in telecom policy, privacy, Aadhaar, open data, open APIs, open source, RegTech, distributed ledger and crypto-currencies, and competition policy.

Some examples of our work in this field include:

  1. Suyash Rai, Dhiraj Muttreja, Sudipto Banerjee and Mayank Mishra The Economics of Releasing the V-band and and E-band Spectrum in India, April 2018.
  2. Smriti Parsheera, CCI's order against Google: infant steps or a coming-of-age moment?, Ajay Shah's blog, February 22, 2018.
  3. Submissions to the Justice Srikrishna Committee's White Paper on Data Protection.
  4. Ashim Kapoor, Smriti Parsheera, Faiza Rahman and Rachna Sharma supported the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in the preparation of the White paper on measurement of wireless data speeds, February 5, 2018.
  5. Vinod Kotwal, Smriti Parsheera, Amba Kak, Open data and digital identity: Lessons for Aadhaar, ITU Kaleidoscope: Challenges for a Data-Driven Society, Conference held in Nanjing, China, November 27-29, 2017.
  6. Ajay Shah, Predatory pricing and the telecom sector, April 3, 2017 and Smriti Parsheera, Building blocks of Jio's predatory pricing analysis, April 27, 2017 on Ajay Shah's blog.
  7. Smriti Parsheera, Ajay Shah and Avirup Bose, Competition Issues in India's Online Economy, NIPFP Working Paper No. 194, April, 2017.
  8. Amba Kak, Mayank Mishra and Smriti Parsheera, TRAI's consultation towards a net neutrality framework in India, January 23, 2017.

NIPFP is an exciting workplace where you will be surrounded by interesting people.

The remuneration will be commensurate with the candidate's experience and will be comparable with what is found in other research institutions.

Requirements: You must have a Masters degree, two years of work experience, very strong written and spoken English. You must have a background in science/engineering/technology, public economics or public policy. Keen and demonstrated knowledge in areas relating to the frontiers of science and technology is a must.

Interested candidates may send in their CV to:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Interesting readings

The great bank fiddle by Manish Sabharwal in The Indian Express, April 16, 2018.

A Guide to Getting Along in Putin's Russia by Maxim Trudolyubov in The New York Times, April 16, 2018.

The wrinkles beneath the RBI's cheery disposition by Rajrishi Singhal in Mint, April 16, 2018.

Indian currency manipulation by Ajay Shah in Business Standard, April 16, 2018.

RBI's powers over PSBs: What's the truth? - II by Debashis Basu in Business Standard, April 16, 2018.

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency by Adam Davidson in The New Yorker, April 14, 2018.

Can RBI press for open currency? by Devangshu Datta in Business Standard, April 13, 2018.

Is SEBI being a nanny to investors? by Aarati Krishnan in Business Line, April 12, 2018.

Not fair: Finance Commission's terms of reference stray from propriety in Business Standard, April 11, 2018.

Walking the digital financial tightrope by Gangesh Varma & Rajat Kathuria in Business Standard, April 11, 2018.

Further liberalise derivatives market in The Economic Times, April 10, 2018.

Fear of virtual currencies by Vaibhav Parikh & Arvind Ravindranath in Business Standard, April 9, 2018.

The Four Challenges Before NCLT And Why Losers Must Not Become Winners by R Jagannathan in Swarajya, April 9, 2018.

When the supervisor slept by Ila Patnaik in The Indian Express, April 9, 2018.

Unicorns of the Intellectual Right by Paul Krugman in The New York Times, April 8, 2018.

Addressing the insolvency code's many dilemmas in Mint, April 8, 2018.

Can someone ask India's central banker some tough questions please? by Sriram Iyer in Quartz, April 6, 2018. Also see: The undersupply of criticism by Ajay Shah in Ajay Shah's Blog, May 21, 2010.

The monetary policy committee report by Raghuvir Srinivasan in Business Line, April 5, 2018.

Confidence in the House by M.R. Madhavan in The Hindu, April 5, 2018.

Failing the law by Kapil Sibal in The Indian Express, April 5, 2018.

Sebi is at it again. NSE, BSE investors can't ignore regulatory risks by Mobis Philipose in Mint, April 5, 2018.

RBI's move to allow banks to downplay treasury losses can hurt investors in Business Line, April 4, 2018.

Thursday, April 05, 2018


Research programmers at NIPFP, New Delhi

We at NIPFP are looking to hire Research Programmers on a full-time basis.

We have many large datasets which require management. We design and build APIs that govern data access. We engage in high performance computation to statistically analyse these datasets. The tools involved here are Linux, MySQL, R, time-series analysis, longitudinal data analysis and geo-spatial analysis [example], machine learning. We are at the frontiers of R programming including releasing open source R packages [fxregime, eventstudies].

Research programmers are expected to choose the appropriate tools through research and small proof-of-concept, implement tools including API design, engage in devops for live systems, build applications that utilise the tools, communicate tools to researchers who have an economics/statistics background, and support the optimal use of tools by these researchers. This covers the full pipeline of the data science process: Choice of tools -> establish infrastructure -> manage data -> build analytical tools -> presentation.

Research programmers will work on building devices for measurement of weather, air quality, mosquitoes, etc [example].

NIPFP has a work program on technology policy and research programmers will get involved in work on issues such as net neutrality, privacy, drones, etc.

NIPFP is an exciting workplace where you will be surrounded by interesting people. The remuneration will be commensurate with the candidate's experience and will be comparable with what is found in other research institutions.

Interested candidates may send in their CV to:

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Interesting readings

Legal challenges could undermine IBC, by Bahram N. Vakil and Kaushik Krishnan, in the Business Standard, April 3, 2018.

A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe by Richard Stallman, in The Guardian, 3 April, 2018.

Dangers of the `lynch mob' mentality by Sarim Naved, in the Hindu Business Line, April 3, 2018.

ICICI Bank-Videocon 'sweet deal': RBI must tell us what’s going on by Suyash Rai in The Indian Express, April 2, 2018.

RBI's powers over PSBs: What's the truth? - I by Debashis Basu in Business Standard, April 2, 2018.

Public sector style anti-corruption is not appropriate for private firms by Ajay Shah in Business Standard, April 2, 2018.

Too Many Unnatural Deaths: The Gir’s Asiatic Lion Needs a 2nd Home by Rahul Nair and Aishwarya S. Iyer, TheQuint, 31 March 2018.

How Iran Used the Hezbollah Model to Dominate Iraq and Syria by Ranj Alaaldin in The New York Times, March 30, 2018.

It's Time for an RSS Revival by Brian Barrett in Wired, March 30, 2018. Also see: Some suggestions for the guys building RSS feeds and feedreaders in Ajay Shah's Blog, October 1, 2006.

IBBI's draft framework sets new standards of regulatory governance in India by Bhargavi Zaveri in Business Standard, March 29, 2018.vAlso see: Regulatory responsiveness in India: A normative and empirical framework for assessment by Anirudh Burman, Bhargavi Zaveri in IGIDR Working Paper, July 2016.

How Chromebooks became the go-to laptops for security experts by Alfred Ng in Cnet, March 28, 2018.

A Math Whiz Has Become a Crucial Political Figure in France by Helene Fouquet and Marie Mawad in Bloomberg, March 28, 2018.

Why everyone loves Israel now by Shai Feldman and Tamara Cofman Wittes in Brookings, March 26, 2018.

How Calls for Privacy May Upend Business for Facebook and Google by By David Streitfeld, Natasha Singer and Steven Erlanger in The New York Times, March 24, 2018.

Shining a Cleansing Light on China's Dark Secrets by Jane Perlez in The New York Times, March 23, 2018.

PSU bank privatization is not a panacea for the ills of the banking sector by Rajeswari Sengupta and Shubho Roy in Mint, March 22, 2018.

Liberal World Order, R.I.P. by Richard N. Haass in Project Syndicate, March 21, 2018.

Urjit Patel Is Half Right: Accountability Is The Real Fugitive by Shankkar Aiyar in Bloomberg, March 17, 2018.

The Double Helix of Chinese History by Denise Y. Ho in Project Syndicate, March 15, 2018.

When ideology overcame sense: RTE imposes a bureaucratic, grotesquely inefficient regime starving our children of good education by Geeta Kingdon in The Times of India, March 13, 2018.