Demonetisation
Buckling under Pressure
18 January, 2017, Jayati Ghosh
There has been a depressing erosion in the credibility of the major institutions that in different ways are vital for the functioning of our democracy as they are bent to the will of the ruling dispensation.
 
Barbara Harriss-White on Demonetisation
16 January, 2017,
The notable political economist Barbara Harriss-White, in her interview with Madras Courier has painted a comprehensive picture of what demonetisation has done to India's democracy, agriculture, the 'black economy' and society.
 
Current Issues
The Widening Gap between Rich and Poor
23 January, 2017, Jayati Ghosh
Evidently the problem of inequality has intensified over the last decade or so, and this is largely because of worsening income and asset distribution in the era of globalisation.
 
The Tenuous Relationship between Make in India and FDI Inflows
29 December, 2016, K.S. Chalapati Rao & Biswajit Dhar
This policy brief looks at the magnitude and nature of FDI inflows into India since the Make in India programme was initiated. In the process it raises serious doubts about the reliability and suitability of the official data.
 
Features
Waning Stimuli
17 January, 2017, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
Banks strapped with stressed assets are holding back on lending, dampening in the process the principal stimulus to growth in recent years. And there are no alternative routes to growth in sight.
 
The Growth of Digital Payments
03 January, 2017, C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh
In the context of the failed demonetisation and continued shortage of currency, the government continues to push cashless digital payments. What are the implications for Indians?
 
Analysis
Finance Capital and the Nature of Capitalism in India Today
25 November, 2016, C.P. Chandrasekhar
This article explains how the growing dependence on foreign finance capital has distorted India’s growth. Due to the accumulated presence of foreign capital in the country since liberalisation, it is turning moribund and losing sovereignty.
 
Capitalism and the Oppressed Castes
29 April, 2016, Prabhat Patnaik
The development of capitalism in any society brings about a complete transformation in the way we look at all social questions including the question of caste oppression.
 
Announcements
Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development
09 January, 2017,
The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development explores the theories and approaches which, over a prolonged period of time, have existed as viable alternatives to today’s mainstream and neo-classical tenets.
 
Call for applications for Ph.D Scholars and Faculty in Social Sciences for participating in the Research Methodology Workshop on "Using Large-scale Survey Data", December 16-23, 2016
18 November, 2016,
The Society for Social and Economic Research (SSER), New Delhi is organising a training programme cum research methodology workshop on statistical and computational tools to handle large-scale survey data. The workshop will be held in New Delhi from December 16thto 23rd, 2016. Scholars currently enrolled in Ph.D. programmes in any discipline of social sciences as well as young faculty from universities, colleges and research institutes are invited to apply. Preference will be given to women candidates as well as those belonging to Scheduled Caste groups, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward classes.
 
Special Feature
Budget 2016-17: Signs of paralysis
16 March, 2016, C.P. Chandrasekhar
The divergence between the rhetoric and the actual allocations in the Budget 2016-17 depicts the ruling party's inability to use the fiscal lever to push for growth and welfare.
 
Budget 2016-17: Hype is all
15 March, 2016, Prabhat Patnaik
Behind all the hype about a pro-poor budget, the actual provisions of the government for the major social sectors are found to be too paltry to improve the lives of the poor.
 

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