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On demonetisation
Posted on: 23 Dec 2016
On the evening of 8 November, the Prime Minister announced on national television that Rs. ... read on »
A symposium on Piketty: Introduction
Posted on: 15 Jun 2015
Thomas Piketty’s book on ´Capital in the Twenty First Century’ has made waves. The f ... read on »
Emerging challenges: Economic and social
Posted on: 06 Aug 2014
To mark the second anniversary of I4I in July 2014, we invited two eminent scholars – Abhi ... read on »

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The rolling global crisis and India
Ashoka Mody
Posted on: 07 Sep 2015
Topics:   Economic Growth


We are in the midst of a global growth crisis that began in 2007. In this article, Ashoka Mody, Professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University, contends that the pervasive global weakness will ultimately harm – and not benefit – India, especially since it is not competitive. China has been the lynch pin of the global economy for a decade; if China goes into a swoon, so will India.
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Impact of American FDI in India

Posted on: 15 May 2015
Topics:   Finance


The United States is one of India’s largest trade and investment partners. This column discusses the impact of American FDI in India in terms of direct effects such as job creation, exports and technology transfers, as well as indirect effects like spillovers from R&D and adoption of best practices. It also highlights challenges faced by American firms while investing in India.
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Trade as aid
Ivan Cherkashin , Svetlana Demidova , Hiau Looi Kee , Kala Krishna
Posted on: 09 Jun 2014
Topics:   Trade


Preferential or duty/quota-free trade access to developing countries, as a form of foreign aid by developed countries, is considered to have both pros and cons. This column analyses data from Bangladesh’s apparel industry to show that it not only leads to gains for the access granting and access receiving countries, but also trade creation for the rest of the world.
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An Indian trade paradox
Arvind Subramanian
Posted on: 09 Apr 2014
Topics:   Trade


India’s trading partners often complain about the restrictiveness of India’s trade regime. This column argues that they are both right and wrong. While India´s economy is ‘closed’ in terms of trade policy, it is ‘open’ in terms of trade outcomes. Tariff barriers in the services sector are among the highest in the world; but given its size, India trades more than a typical country does.
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Exchange rate movements and Indian firms’ exports
Yin-Wong Cheung , Rajeswari Sengupta
Posted on: 01 Nov 2013

Understanding the effects of exchange-rate changes on a country’s trade balance calls for an analysis of how exchange-rate fluctuations affect the decisions of individual firms. This column explores the effects of changes in the exchange rate on the share of exports of Indian non-financial sector firms.
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How to keep more girls in school? Lessons from Bangladesh
Mushfiq Mobarak
Posted on: 24 Sep 2012
Topics:   Education , Gender


For years developing countries have been trying to increase parents’ incentives to send their children, particularly girls, to school and keep them there. This column looks at the success of Bangladesh, where the number of girls in school now exceeds the number of boys. It argues that money talks – but it’s the money that educated children will earn once they leave school that talks loudest.
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