Archive for September 13th, 2011

Cities as hotels?

September 13, 2011

 of MR has a nice post:


Agricultural Productivity and Credit- Issues and Way Forward

September 13, 2011

Nice speech on the topic by Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India.

Issues of low agri productivity have been known for a long time. This one just helps know more and has some nice tables and graphs. Summary:

I feel that instead of lamenting that productivity has been low, we must look at the past to the Green Revolution in the 1960s to draw confidence that productivity can be improved. We need to find ways to surmount the existing constraints and step up productivity using finance as a tool. The Green Revolution paved the way for food security in India. No major technological breakthrough has emerged since then, and with the need for higher production growing, a second green revolution is inevitable. In fact, to borrow a term coined by Prof Swaminathan, we need an evergreen revolution. However, to cater to the food security and food safety net, India needs a higher production along with enhanced productivity in cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables, poultry, meat, fish and milk.


Polarization, Inequality and Growth: The Indian Experience

September 13, 2011

I was just discussing this inequality bit with a friend today.

This paper by  IGIDR econs Sripad Motiram and Nayantara Sarma says polarization has been rising in India:


Why G-7 is fortunate?

September 13, 2011

Mohamed A. El-Erian of PIMCO writes these memorable lines:

The G-7 is fortunate that it is not required to justify the expenses of its meetings in terms of what is achieved. If it had to, these meetings would be more decisive and/or less frequent.

This applies to most committees and meetings of such committees. India has so many of them and we all know what the decision in  most such meetings – The date for the next meeting… Even Parliamentary sessions have become just an item of expenditure with hardly any outcomes.

Actually, most such meetings/forums/sessions need to start presenting cost/benefit statements or outcome statements…

Importance of gender inclusion in climate change adaptation

September 13, 2011

This is a nice paper from Japanese econs – Midori Aoyagi , Eiko Suda, and Tomomi Shinada.

They point to the importance of gender inclusion as in including women in labor force and keeping them informed about their rights. This helps women in knowing their rights/work allocation and helps in sustainable development and helps especially in natural disasters where burdens on women increases:


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