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Reconceptualising Women’s Work in the the National Sample Survey
A good approach to build a new framework for measuring women’s work better is for the National Statistical Office to accept the definitions and categories recommended in 2013 by the 19th…
The Stranglehold Continues at the WTO
The World Trade Organization may have given up on its ambitious trade agendas of the 1990s, but its decisions on individual issues continue to be controlled by the US and the EU. Despite public…
D. Ravi Kanth
A Fresh Spike in Farmer Suicides in Punjab
Since 2015, there has been a sharp rise in farmer suicides in Punjab. Farmers in the state borrow large loans at high interest rates; some of which is used for consumption. According to official data…
Central Bank Digital Currency
A central bank digital currency is a new form of money unlike any of its previous manifestations. The ability of individuals and businesses to hold and make electronic payments using a CBDC will have…
Do We Know What has Happened to Poverty since 2011-12?
The government's lack of respect for national surveys on consumption has meant that the door has been opened to preparation of unofficial estimates on poverty made on questionable assumptions.…
How Dynamic are India’s Labour Markets?
While policy works to provide more jobs to the unemployed, it must also tackle the deep-seated structural issues in India's urban labour market: long-term unemployment; women exiting the labour…
Chasing Unicorns: India’s Dreams of a Digital Economy
India now has 100 unicorns They have generated such a level of enthusiasm that the country’s hopes now seem to rest on dreams of a digital economy. But questions must be raised about the nature and…
A Looming Crisis in Fertilisers
India needs to urgently take measures to improve fertiliser availability in the short and long term. The absence of major investments since the 1990s, and now the Ukraine war and the Chinese ban on…
M.P. Sukumaran Nair
An Indian Green Deal
A Green Deal for India could successfully address the triple crisis the country is now facing: an economic slowdown, poor health services and a high carbon intensity of economic activity.
Is Digital the Future of Money?
Crypto currencies are the product of innovations in digital and financial technologies. They can improve speed transparency, and reduce costs, but cannot eliminate national currencies. A discussion…