Anupam Manur

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Why are petrol prices not decreasing?

A common refrain from most motorists is that petrol prices should have reduced considerably with the fall in global crude oil prices. Even though global prices have fallen from well above $100 per barrel to less than about $30 per...

Growth, Urbanisation, and Poverty Reduction in India

Despite a few issues in inequality, the process of urbanisation has been clearly important in poverty reduction in urban and rural India post 1991 reforms In light of a new and more comprehensive data-set, spanning 60 years with 20 years...

Price of Dosas

In an event hosted by the Federal Bank in Kerala, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was asked an unexpected question. Just when he had proclaimed that the central bank had won the war on inflation, a student asked him “In real...

Aftermath of Venezuelan Socialism

Venezuela is on the brink of a complete economic and political collapse, which has been building up since the early days of Bolivarian Socialism. How does one know that things are going bad in Venezuela? – By the fact that there are...

Changes in FDI Regulation in 2015

An overview of the significant changes in FDI regulations in 2015.  The financial year 2015 has been an exemplary one for foreign investments. Both FDI and FII have peaked in 2015. Net FDI inflows into India were a staggering $35billion,...

Time Lags in Price Mechanism

The speed of price adjustment to market conditions of demand and supply is a function of information availability. It is common textbook knowledge that prices react to demand and supply in the economy. The point where the two meet provides the...

Has Modi lost the Narrative Dominance?

Modi’s PR machinery, which achieved such narrative dominance during the elections, has failed to take a hold of public discourse in the recent past. It’s barely 18 months ago when there was jubilation from all corners when Mr. Modi took...

The Flavoursome Financial Instrument

Masala, or rupee denominated, bonds are an exciting new financial instrument that transfers the currency risks from the issuer to the investors. Its success will depend on the investors’ confidence in the Indian growth story. Prime Minister Modi, on his...

Potential Areas for Reforms

With most parliamentary sessions in 2015 being washed out due to noncooperation by the opposition, there is a lot left to done by the Modi government. Depending on the success of Modi’s talks with the opposition, here’s a few things...

Taking Advantage of Lower Commodity Prices

By focusing on those industries that rely on oil as a producion import, India can take maximum advantage of falling global commodity and oil prices.  The biggest headlines in the economic world over the past year has been news of slowdown...
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