Archive for July 19th, 2012

Do most sons take up their father’s occupations? Some evidence from India..

July 19, 2012

A nice paper from Sripad Motiram and Ashish Singh of IGIDR.

Economists call this issue as Intergenerational Occupational Mobility and is really important to understand the inequality issue.  Hopefully over a period of time we can expand this research question to Do most children (both sons and daughters) take up their parents’ (mother and father) and  occupations? It is too gender-specific issue as of now.

The broad idea is as an economy develops, people from lower skill/earnings group should be moving to higher skill earning group. This is especially true of children of low earning strata. That in turn leads to development and better lives.


Republic of India is the most reckless political experiment in human history..

July 19, 2012

Time for some exciting article on Indian history.  Chris Blattman tips onto this article by one of the top India historian Ramchandra Guha.

Guha reviews two books on India history- Recovering Liberties: Indian Thought in the Age of Liberalism and Empire
By C. A. Bayly and Democracy and Its Institutions  By André Béteille.

The start to the review is amazing:


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