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Monday, September 19, 2016

Interesting readings

An impressive policy paper: Self trading is not synonymous with market abuse by Nidhi Aggarwal, Chirag Anand, Shefali Malhotra, Bhargavi Zaveri, 29 June 2015, and an impressive response by SEBI today: Sebi reverses stand on self-trades by Jayshree P. Upadhyay in Mint.

Finance for the poor: policy and not programs by Ajay Shah in The Business Standard, 19 September.

Stopping the clock going back in Singur by Ashok K Lahiri in The Business Standard, 15 September.

SEBI's Flawed Attempt at Setting the Frequencies Right by Kanad Bagchi in The Wire, 15 September.

Accountability of justice by K. Parasaran in The Indian Express, 14 September.

Top Russian anti-corruption official had $120M in cash in his apartment by Cory Doctorow in The Boing Boing, 11 September. This reminds us about the fallacy of searching for something like a Lok Pal who will solve all our problems. This also made me find out the Weight of a million dollars by Richard-ga in Google Answers., 05 Feb 2006, and brings a new perspective to illicit money movements in the context of Faulty tradeoffs in security, 10 May 2010.

A note for Dr Patel by Ila Patnaik in The Indian Express, 9 September.

Before amending the law by Abhinav Kumar and Sudhanshu Sarangi in The Indian Express, 9 September.

NCRB data: handle with care by K. P. Asha Mukundan in The Hindu, 9 September.

Air pollution cost India 8.5% of its GDP in 2013: study by Dipti Jain in The Mint, 9 September.

Tariffs Do More Harm Than Good at Home by Maurice Obstfeld in The iMF direct Blog, 8 September.

The need for a 'totaliser' revolution by Sanjay Kumar in The Hindu, 7 September.

China's Summer of Discontent by Elizabeth C. Economy in The CFR Blog, 6 September.

Not majority vs minority by Pratap Bhanu Mehta in The Indian Express, 6 September.

Vaccination isn't just for babies by Sujata Kelkar Shetty in The Mint, 5 September.

No harm in pre-consultation by Somasekhar Sundaresan in The Business Standard, 5 September.

The house is on fire! by Gary Saul Morson in The New Criterion, September 2016.

Myths and realities about America's infrastructure spending by Edward L. Glaeser in The City Journal, Summer 2016.

Aadhaar by Numbers by Sunil Abraham in NIPFP YouTube Channel.

Academic snobbery about top journals and top universities is under serious attack. Even without retractions top journals publish the least reliable science in The Bjoern Brembs Blog, January 2012. Why might this be happening? The top journals probably encourage research that is more conscious of fashion, does more p-hacking, with authors who do more social engineering. Also see.

How to test your decision-making instincts by Andrew Campbell and Jo Whitehead in The McKinsey Quarterly, May 2010.

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