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Boycotting Chinese goods: Impractical and harms the national interest

The plan to boycott Chinese imports is neither practical nor is it in the Indian national interest. By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) There has been many nationalist calls for boycotting Chinese goods as a retaliation against China for blocking India’s bid...

Commercial models for Public Wi-Fi

Can we have a proliferation of broadband access through public Wi-Fi networks? What are the issues and challenges? The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India held a public workshop in Bangalore on the 28th of September 2016. The objective of the...

Structural Reforms: What are they and how do you go about it?

BY Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) No democratically elected government with a limited term of office would want to risk negative popularity in the short term for potential benefit in the future, for which they might not be able to take credit....

Chronicles of crisis

Star economist Thomas Piketty’s collection of columns does not have quite the impact of his bestselling Capital, but does pick up speed in the latter half when he leaves the European Union

Karnataka vs. Cab-Aggregators (Part II)

By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) In order to obtain a licence, cab-aggregators have to replace their present efficient technology with an outdated one. The requirements to obtain the licence are archaic and simply untenable.  In yet another blow to cab aggregator companies...

Rent Control in Mumbai

By Shubham Paliwal Demand and supply mismatch created by price ceilings causes poor and reduced accommodation for the lower income people.  The ‘Bombay Rents, Hotel and lodging House Rates Control Act, 1947’ served its purpose in the short term but...

A Ban on Surge Pricing will Create Shortages

By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) Instead of a price ceiling on cab prices, the government should look at all the ways in which it can increase the travel options within the city. Karnataka’s Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy recently unveiled a new...

8th Standard Pass Yaake?

Drivers of autorickshaws must have passed 8th standard in order to obtain their licence and badge. Is there any merit in this policy? By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) Auto drivers across the country have staged many protests against the central government...

Geoeconomics Round-up

Global GDP growth has steadily declined in the past few years. Which country can be the engine of global growth? This is a round-up of how different economies are performing. By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) Global GDP growth as measured by...

Allocative Efficiency vs. Social welfare

If perfect competition always leads to allocative efficiency, does it also lead to increased social welfare? If so, why does the government intervene in the markets in the first place and why does it have monopolies of its own? By...
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