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Archive for August, 2007

Policy Matters : US & India Target Africa

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Two news articles have touched upon the Africa story recently; one by Princeton N. Lyman and Patricia Dorff in The Washington Post reasons out the basis of a new US policy in Africa while the other in Taipei Times by Alex Vines and Gareth Price harps on India’s growing economic links with Africa. Lyman and [...]

The Merits Of State-Provided Cable Television

Monday, August 13th, 2007

The DMK came to power in Tamil Nadu state promising a free colour television for every household, regardless of income or the number of television sets already owned. And now it is setting up a company to provide cable television. Bad? Not quite. As Badri Sheshadri writes, it is probably the only way to inject [...]

Milk Tyler Cowen

Monday, August 13th, 2007

And in the process, discover your Inner Economist Tyler Cowen wants to give merit-based gifts to Indians. Yes, this involves economics professors and free-market fundamentals. He has made an announcement on his blog, and it may be worth your time to check it out. With your email, send a one sentence proposal of how the [...]

Income Inequality In India: Is The Sky Falling On Our Heads?

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Not quite, says our friend and erstwhile guest blogger, Blue Sky (sent via email). “It is an article of religious faith amongst Indian and Western leftists that pro-market policies are destroying India by making it a horribly unequal place, the rich getting richer and the poor even poorer. The article linked to, from the Indian [...]

Income Inequality In Asia – II

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The ADB has just released a report titled “Key Indicators 2007: Inequality in Asia” (covered in IHT and BBC). The report concludes that the gini index, a measure of relative inequality had grown in all 15 countries studied, since the 1990s. More alarmingly, absolute inequality had grown even more. The bank identified the trend as [...]

The Politics Of Negotiating Climate Change

Monday, August 6th, 2007

The FT has a very illuminating article on the politics of climate change. It is illuminating because it brings a perspective to the debate that has sadly been lacking so far – one of pragmatic international relations. Taking that perspective explains why the US, China and other major polluters have not signed on to any [...]

Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review is a monthly magazine on strategic affairs and public policy; and is devoted to promoting economic freedom, an open society and realism in international relations. It regularly features articles and essays from many IEB bloggers. You can download and subscribe to the free digital community edition of the [...]

Entrepreneurship : How India Scores Over China

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

INSEAD Affiliate Professor Patrick Turner surmises that the speed of entrepreneurship development in China is likely to erase the lead that India currently enjoys in entrepreneurship over its northern neighbour. In his view, the entrepreneurship bandwagon in both the countries has been fueled by a combination of a number of overseas residents returning to the [...]

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