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Friday, September 06, 2013

Interesting readings

An editorial in the Business Standard on getting away from gerontocracy.

An editorial in the Indian Express on the next steps on pensions and the next steps on legislation.

Anil Padmanabhan in Mint about the people in India who would like for India to remain focused on poverty. I would add one more interest group in this: Development economics.

The burqa joins the league of cape and cowl by Mahvesh Murad.

N. Sundaresha Subramanian in the Business Standard reports on the parties of India which have the biggest criminal footprint.

One of the first sensible things in the field of higher education policy in India: Building the Links Between Funding and Quality in Higher Education: India's Challenge by Lindsay Daugherty, Trey Miller, Rafiq Dossani, Megan Clifford, Rand Corporation. Also see.

Trampling on the individual in India: Here's something for us in India to envy: the response of the Polish Prime Minister to proposals to censor the Internet: We shall not block access to legal content regardless of whether or not it appeases us aesthetically or ethically.
And here is another: a story of a dentist who tried to interfere with the online freedom of speech of customers.
Compare and contrast with what our Supreme Court just said to mouthshut.

Ila Patnaik: What Raghuram Rajan needs to do and Gearing up for the slow withdrawal of QE.

Mihir Sharma in the Business Standard on the consequences of exchange rate depreciation.

The trouble with our banks by Shankar Sharma and Devina Mehra in the Business Standard.

Editorial in the Indian Express.

Trouble for treaties by N. Sundaresha Subramanian in the Business Standard, about the kind of firms who showed up in the Private Treaties portfolio.

Anusha Soni in the Business Standard about capacity constraints in the government that are hindering the field of infrastructure.

When rent-seekers and startups collide by Steve Blank: A useful set of insights into the field of payments in India.

Noah Smith on the Economics Ph.D.: why and how. Also see: a set of concerns, and the beautiful books.

Those who fail to remember our past will be forced to relive it. See this post. I wrote something a while ago which draws on a similar idea.


  1. It is easy to agree with you on the point regarding the Polish Prime Minister. But there is another factor to consider. Here is the list of countries by ethnic diversity level,

    India: Rank 17, Fractionalization Index: 0.811 (Max is 1)
    Poland: Rank 153, Index: 0.047

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