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Weekend Reading: 8 Feb, 2009

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Vivek Wadhwa’s latest column in Business Week,which says we shouldn’t blame H1-B workers for job losses, invites a (predictable) barrage of comments. Here’s an earlier IEB post on Wadhwa’s research — Don’t Try Kicking Sand In America’s Face. On another note, Sunita Narain’s at it again — after colas, now it’s edible oils. (HT: Amit [...]

Farmers And Loans

Friday, February 29th, 2008

So the UPA government is set to improve credit availability (and write off loans) for farmers. Laveesh Bhandari tells you why, if improving the livelihood of farmers is a policy goal, the Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram are barking up the wrong tree. Here lies the crux of the matter. If use of new seeds, [...]

India’s Space Program – An Economy Perspective

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

The economic benefits of a space program are a continuous source of debate. In India there is the constant suggestion that the thousands of crores spent on ISRO’s adventures should be utilized elsewhere. Here are some thoughts on why a space program makes economic sense. Everyone knows that a space program offers great advantages from [...]

The Case Against Sethusamudram

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Before the issue of the historicity of the characters in the Ramayana came along to cloud the issue, much of the public debate hovered around political and environmental issues. Neither the commercial viability, nor the putative military strategic benefits, were adequately scrutinised. The commercial case for the project rests on the time and cost saved [...]

The Multipliers. At Last.

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

It always intrigued me that noone, especially in academia, had bothered to do robust research on the downstream multiplier effects of the IT-ITES industry. Anyone who has looked at the industry in any seriousness knows there have to be serious multipliers involved. All of those cab drivers, construction workers, caterers etc are the multiplier at [...]

Kyrgyzstan & Zimbabwe Offer Higher ICT Opportunities Than India: ITU

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Wonk nirvana The 2007 ICT Opportunity Index, the ITU explains, “has benefited from the expertise of several international and research organizations, (and) is based on a carefully selected list of indicators and methodology. It is an important tool to track the digital divide by measuring the relative difference in ICT Opportunity levels among economies and [...]

US India Nuclear Deal: When Economic Dreams Meet Geopolitical Reality

Monday, December 4th, 2006

If you go to the NASA website, you can see beautiful satellite pictures of the earth at night. If you look carefully where the lights are, it says a lot about where the world economy is today. Europe is probably the most uniformly luminous; but not as bright as the eastern part of the US [...]

Of Knowledge-based Interventions In Agriculture

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

How much of Dr Manmohan Singh’s talk on reforming agriculture will get translated into action? Inaugurating the Second Agriculture Summit 2006 organised jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture and FICCI, the Prime Minister declared that the endeavour of his government would be to bridge each of the four deficit viz. the public investment and credit [...]

India’s Intellectual Property Rights: A Beacon Of Hope?

Monday, May 8th, 2006

In an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Richard Wilder & Pravin Anand claim that India is rapidly evolving into Asia’s innovation center, leaving China in the dust. Its secret weapon? Intellectual property-rights protection. In recent years, New Delhi has taken big steps to protect these rights, and the results have been dramatic. [...]

The Sham Called ADC

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Why doesn’t the government separate BSNL into two companies – Urban and Rural? If it is serious about rural connectivity, it should. What is happening right now is, the ADC goes into the pockets of the BSNL. And BSNL is seen offering great services in the urban areas, spurred by competition. But what is BSNL doing in the villages? Precious little. The rural telecom sector has hardly been touched by this revolution that our cities have witnessed.

Don’t Try Kicking Sand In America’s Face…

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Over the last few years, there’ve been an increasing slew of proclamations about America’s “decline” as an economic power — for instance, check this Fortune cover story by Geoff Colvin. A key figure cited by the “declinistas” as evidence of America’s decline is the huge imbalance of engineering graduates between the US and those two [...]

Telecom Sector Update

Monday, November 14th, 2005

The telecom sector in India continued to record rapid growth in the month of October, adding 3.24 million new subscribers. This takes the total subscriber base to 116 million and the tele-density to 10.66 (per 100 population). In the mobile phone sector alone, 2.9 million new subscribers were added, taking the GSM subscriber base to [...]

Software – More Than Just An Industry

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Richard Celeste and Geoffrey Garrett write: Skeptics are wont to claim that India’s successes in software are not “scalable,” and cannot be the basis for countrywide development. But software is not a mere “industry” in the traditional sense of steel or textiles, to focus on two of China’s strong suits. An uber-industry, software is increasingly [...]

Knowledge @ Wharton Special on India’s R&D

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Following in the wake of the Businessweek cover story, Knowledge @ Wharton has a special issue out on the rise of India as an R&D hub. India has long enjoyed a reputation as a destination for IT and business process outsourcing. Now, the country is fast emerging as a major center for cutting-edge research and [...]

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