Archive for March 9th, 2015

A case of development in two cities – Sialkot vs Batala

March 9, 2015

There are these interesting studies which look at development of two regions seperated by some exogeneous shock like partition, defining state boundaries and so on. Likes of Acemoglu et al have used the idea in interesting ways to show how the regions which were similar one differ now because of quality of institutions.

Gagan Prett Singh of JNU has this fascinating piece looking at similar idea. He looks at how partition of India influenced the destiny of two cities in Punjab – Sialkot and Batala. Sialkot and Batala were similar regions but destiny changed post partition. Sialkot went to Pakistan and Batala to India. Interestingly, Hindu business community was dominant in Sialkot and Muslims in Batala. Both migrated hoping that partition would be temporary. But it was not to be.

Sialkot was famous for its Sports industry and Batala for Steel. Sialkot struggled early on after partition but picked up pace in 1970s. Whereas Batala suffered majorly after the Sikh Militancy. This is also the major point of the author that militancy played a significant role in lowering the economic potential of the region. Hence, it needs fiscal support:

(more…)

Do Place-Based Policies Matter?

March 9, 2015

David Neumark and Helen Simpson reflect on place based policies. These policies favor a region/location for development.

(more…)

Machiavelli is back in Euroland but is being misinterpreted..

March 9, 2015

Harold James writes on this.

He says the thinker is back in vogue in Euroland but lessons not drawn correctly:

(more…)

Make in India, Make for India or Sell in India?

March 9, 2015

Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto says a bigger challenge is not make but sell. They have been in India for ages but still find it difficult to sell in India. The make in India campaign is surely testing the English language. Another problem is much of the discussion on the campaign is coming from people who have neither made or sold in India. End result is just noise.

He also discusses Bajaj Auto’s new project quadricycle which is under huge controversy:

(more…)

How Dalda built, and lost, its monopoly..

March 9, 2015

BS keeps pouring with super short histories of iconic brands. The recent one is on Dalda  which shaped Indian cooking medium business in really difficult times.

Dalda was earlier Dada and Lever Brothers just inserted an L in the middle to leave its mark:

(more…)


%d bloggers like this: