Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

"Thomas Piketty might be a more famous name in inequality studies today but by the time his magnum opus, Capital in the Twenty-First Century  was published in 2014, Atkinson had already clocked over 40 years of research on issues of distribution of wealth, income and property." https://thewire.in/91649/anthony-atkinson-inequality/ My article on Sir Anthony Atkinson in The … Continue reading Anthony Atkinson, Economist Whose Studies on Inequality Broke New Ground

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‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India by Josy Joseph My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'A Feast of Vultures' is a collection of articles and some additional material by noted investigative journalist and national security editor of The Hindu, Josy Joseph. In three parts, Joseph describes the grime that lubricates … Continue reading ‘A Feast of Vultures: The Hidden Business of Democracy in India’ by Josy Joseph: A Review

‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

The Writing of One Novel by Irving Wallace My rating: 4 of 5 stars 'The Writing of One Novel' by Irving Wallace is the biography of a bestseller of his called 'The Prize', a fictional account of what happened during the course of a week before the presentation of four Nobel Prizes in Stockholm. The … Continue reading ‘The Writing of One Novel’ by Irving Wallace: A Review

‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Cough Syrup Surrealism by Tharun James Jimani My rating: 3 of 5 stars My incentive to read 'Cough Syrup Surrealism' was the fact that the author is from Thiruvananthapuram and that somebody from the 90s era would be documenting life as we know it here. I felt ambiguous wading through numerous US and UK pop … Continue reading ‘Cough Syrup Surrealism’ by Tharun James Jimani: A Review

Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Report on Comprehensive Employment in India (1972) was the first time the term 'informal sector' was used. Initially migrant rural workers in urban areas who were the poor urban workers were referred to as those in the informal sector. In India, they have also been termed 'unregistered', 'unorganised' and 'unrecorded'. … Continue reading Formalising the Informal Economy (Part 2)

Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Labour and Employment Issues From a labour perspective, the population is divided into 'Labour Force' and 'Out of Labour Force'. The Out of Labour Force population consists of students, domestic workers and pensioners while the Labour Force consists of workers and the unemployed. Workers in turn are divided into three by 'activity status': Activity Status, … Continue reading Labour, Employment and Social Protection in India (Part 1)

Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting

The following is a summary of proceedings of a public meeting organised by the Centre for Financial Accountability and the Public Finance Accountability Collective at Constitution Club, New Delhi on November 18th, 2016. 1) Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi According to Prof. Patnaik, … Continue reading Does Demonitization Tackle Black Money?: Notes from a Public Meeting