Archive for June 29th, 2012

Small Farmers in India: Challenges and Opportunities

June 29, 2012

S. Mahendra Dev of IGIDR has this useful paper on the subject:

This paper examines the roles and challenges of small holding agriculture in India. It covers trends in agricultural growth, cultivation patterns, participation of small holding agriculture, productivity performance of small holders, linking small holders with markets including value chains, role of small holders in enhancing food security and employment generation, differential policies and institutional support for small holders and, challenges and future options for small holding agriculture including information needs.  It also provides lessons from the experience of India on small holding agriculture for other countries.

What makes the paper more  special is tons of data on the subject.

Shadow Banking Crisis of 1763..Amazing similarities with Lehman crisis of 2008

June 29, 2012

The more you think times have changed, the more they remain the same. Amazing econ history is..

I came across this paper by Atlanta Fed econs — Stephen Quinn and William Roberds.  It is  just amazing to note how similar things were way back in 1763.  One had pretty similar financial instruments in 1763 whose drying up led to the crisis. And yes you had pretty similar instis like  Lehman Brothers which did not have access to retail deposits but relied on a form of wholesale financing.

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