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2021 West Bengal Assembly election: Did the Covid-19 surge matter?

In the recent Assembly elections in the state of West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress bucked an anti-incumbency headwind to secure victory. Using electoral data from 2016, 2019, and 2021, Ghata...

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West Bengal’s economic performance relative to India over the last three decades

Against the backdrop of the ongoing elections in West Bengal, Maitreesh Ghatak examines how the state’s economic performance compares with that of the country as a whole, over the past three decades...

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An assessment of policy performance under the current regime

Commenting on the recent policy paper by Subramanian-Felman, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses why – looking at the same numbers – he would tend to be less generous in his grades for the performance of p...

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CPR-I4I webinar video: A new economic imagination?

Centre for Policy Research and Ideas for India jointly held a webinar on 16 September 2020, to discuss domestic demand specifically in rural India. It built on a recent I4I post by three of the speake...

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What would make India’s growth sustainable?

Much of the discussion on the economic slowdown in India in recent years – as well as on the government’s measures to tackle the present economic crisis due to the Covid-19 lockdown – is focused...

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इस साल के अर्थशास्त्र नोबेल की दास्‍तान

इस पोस्‍ट में मैत्रीश घटक इस बात पर विचार-विमर्श कर रहे हैं कि कैसे रैन्डमाइज्ड कंट्रोल ट्राइयल्स (आरसीटी; यादृच्छिकीकृत नियंत्रित परीक्षणों) को — जिसके प्रयोग की अगुआई इस वर्ष के अर्थशास्‍त्र में नोब...

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What lies behind this year's economics Nobel

In this post, Maitreesh Ghatak discusses how randomised controlled trials – the use of which was pioneered by this year’s economics Nobel Laureates, Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer – have been succe...

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‘न्याय’ विचार-गोष्ठी: गरीबी के दीर्घकालिक समाधान के बजाय उपयोगी 'प्राथमिक उपचार'

लंदन स्कूल ऑफ इकनॉमिक्स के अर्थशास्त्र के प्रोफेसर मैत्रीश घटक का तर्क है कि न्याय द्वारा जिस तरह के नकद अंतरण के बारे में सोचा गया है, उससे जीवन निर्वाह के हाशिए पर जी रहे गरीब लोगों को कुछ राहत और स...

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NYAY e-Symposium: Not long-term solution to poverty but useful ‘first-aid’

Maitreesh Ghatak (Professor of Economics, London School of Economics) contends that a cash transfer, as envisaged by NYAY, will provide some relief and a safety net to the poor living on the margins o...

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Can Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee proposal work?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor if the party is voted to power in the upcoming elections. Discussing the proposal and associated concerns, P...

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The big bank theory

The Indian banking system is saddled with non-performing and stressed assets, which currently constitute about a quarter of all assets. In this post, Maitreesh Ghatak argues that while there are valid...

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Union Budget 2018: Unpleasant arithmetic and the art of the possible

In this article, Maitreesh Ghatak contends that while the Union Budget 2018-19 deserves some praise for signalling priorities given the constraints, it disappoints in terms of its vision of reforms.

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