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  • Services could be the engine of India’s growth, finds Yale Research Mar 25, 2021 09:09 AM IST

    Services could be the engine of India’s growth, finds Yale Research

    Productivity growth in sectors such as retail, hospitality, or transportation account for one third of welfare growth between 1987 and 2011

  • Better targeting of government spending is crucial Jan 25, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    Better targeting of government spending is crucial

    The government must prioritise spending in areas with strong and quick multiplier effects such as MSMEs, affordable housing, rural economy and infrastructure 

  • Budget 2021 | Time to fuel long-term credit growth through Alternative Investment Funds Jan 12, 2021 10:35 AM IST

    Budget 2021 | Time to fuel long-term credit growth through Alternative Investment Funds

    In order to promote investments in infrastructure and other sectors that require long-term capital, the government should reduce the tax rate for locked-in, closed-ended structures that invest in such key sectors. This can be our ‘Atmanirbhar capital’

  • Focus on industry competitiveness, not sectoral subsidies, to boost growth Dec 25, 2020 09:17 AM IST

    Focus on industry competitiveness, not sectoral subsidies, to boost growth

    The NITI Aayog can help by devising a national economic strategy (not plan) which will provide the road map for converting the entire country into a special economic zone instead of tinkering with select sectors

  • The excitement over India’s per capita income being lower than Bangladesh’s is just political hype Oct 16, 2020 11:56 AM IST

    The excitement over India’s per capita income being lower than Bangladesh’s is just political hype

    If we take the IMF’s figures for gross domestic product per capita at constant prices, measured by purchasing power parity using 2017 international dollars, then Bangladesh’s per capita income in 2020 is 83 percent of India’s.

  • Four charts that describe the post Covid-19 energy outlook Oct 15, 2020 01:35 PM IST

    Four charts that describe the post Covid-19 energy outlook

    Under the best case scenario, energy demand returns to pre-pandemic levels only by 2023

  • Policies clear environment, impart confidence to push recovery Oct 15, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    Policies clear environment, impart confidence to push recovery

    Certainty on interest rate path by RBI and clarity that the government will not risk more borrowing than committed are immensely helpful

  • Will lower growth be the new normal? Aug 28, 2020 11:09 AM IST

    Will lower growth be the new normal?

    The GDP numbers for the June 2020 quarter will be released on August 31. What should we look for? What are the long-term trends?

  • The trouble with consumption Jul 31, 2020 10:40 AM IST

    The trouble with consumption

    India has for long had just one engine of growth and even that is faltering

  • Recognise women farmers to increase agricultural output and India’s economy Jul 23, 2020 01:36 PM IST

    Recognise women farmers to increase agricultural output and India’s economy

    The Pashu Sakhi programme in Gondia, Maharashtra, and the Jeevika programme in Bihar show that increasing the active participation of women farmers increases farm output and sector income

  • Forex stock places India in a better position to deal with the worst recession since 1930s Jul 20, 2020 01:37 PM IST

    Forex stock places India in a better position to deal with the worst recession since 1930s

    With a significant part of the country’s debt due for repayment in the current fiscal year, there is enhanced refinancing risk, considering the global financial market backdrop and COVID-19. Sizeable foreign exchange reserves place India in a better position to deal with this risk

  • What China’s GDP recovery means for Indian metal stocks Jul 16, 2020 12:44 PM IST

    What China’s GDP recovery means for Indian metal stocks

    China’s economy is in good shape which augurs well for industrial commodities

  • Policymakers need to pay attention to profits of businesses, not just sales Jul 16, 2020 08:27 AM IST

    Policymakers need to pay attention to profits of businesses, not just sales

    Perhaps the only way to increase business profits at this juncture is to reduce government savings i.e. the government should run a deficit which is greater than the savings of the non-business sector.

  • From economic forecasting to economic nowcasting Jul 07, 2020 09:39 AM IST

    From economic forecasting to economic nowcasting

    Making long-term economic forecasts will not cease, but could nowcasting real time macroeconomic aggregates be the new norm?

  • China’s political adventurism will economically hit Hong Kong Jul 06, 2020 12:32 PM IST

    China’s political adventurism will economically hit Hong Kong

    Does Hong Kong remain a dream destination for global capital, manufacturing, and services? Probably the large-scale protests, layoffs, and Sinification of Hong Kong hold the answer

  • Forget fiscal boost -- Government expenditure fell in May Jul 01, 2020 11:09 AM IST

    Forget fiscal boost -- Government expenditure fell in May

    Revenue receipts of central government in April-May less than a third of the same period last year

  • MSME Day | With right policies, 2021 can see an MSME boom in India Jun 26, 2020 11:34 AM IST

    MSME Day | With right policies, 2021 can see an MSME boom in India

    Cut the regulatory cholesterol of complex laws and cumbersome paperwork — this will help small businesses focus their resources and energies towards efficiency and higher productivity

  • A trade war with China would hurt India more Jun 25, 2020 11:05 AM IST

    A trade war with China would hurt India more

    Given the size and nature of trade, waging a trade war against China by boycotting its goods to avenge a border dispute is an idea that would likely hurt Indian interests far more than Chinese

  • Focus on MSMEs to boost manufacturing in India Jun 10, 2020 10:03 AM IST

    Focus on MSMEs to boost manufacturing in India

    With huge reverse migration, the support structures and relevant programmes may be specifically designed so that the rural landscape generates hundreds of micro and small enterprises

  • Signs that China’s growth is far from complete Jun 03, 2020 10:36 AM IST

    Signs that China’s growth is far from complete

    With the right mix of policy, COVID-19 might indeed pass in China’s history as the opportunity that the leadership grasped to modernise the economy

  • Is China’s loss India’s gain? Maybe not Jun 02, 2020 12:40 PM IST

    Is China’s loss India’s gain? Maybe not

    That China’s loss can translate into India’s gain is a thinking rooted more in wishful thinking and nationalist myopia than on the ground realities

  • The economy was sick long before COVID-19 struck; the lockdown sent it to the ICU Jun 01, 2020 08:37 AM IST

    The economy was sick long before COVID-19 struck; the lockdown sent it to the ICU

    The coronavirus crisis will worsen India’s Four Balance Sheet problem.

  • Modi Govt 2.0 | A tumultuous year for India May 26, 2020 01:12 PM IST

    Modi Govt 2.0 | A tumultuous year for India

    For the past 12 months the BJP-led NDA government’s actions have been bold, and have seen strong and polarising reactions. Its response to the Coronavirus crisis has left a lot to be desired

  • COVID-19 | The economic package must promote jobs in rural sector May 14, 2020 12:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 | The economic package must promote jobs in rural sector

    India has seen one of the largest reverse migrations back to the villages, and, the government must urgently redraw its development priorities to address this reality

  • COVID-19 | Kerala must abandon its old ways and redefine its growth mantra May 12, 2020 10:56 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Kerala must abandon its old ways and redefine its growth mantra

    With remittances tapering and the tourism sector down, Kerala must focus on a scientific and profitable agriculture sector

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