Economy

Can manufacturing change India’s demographic destiny?

Despite India’s substantial youth population, little concerted effort has been made by the government to ensure their accommodation in India’s labour market. Manufacturing could help partially address this, write Shubhranka Mondal and Pratibha Joshi. 

The current status of employment in India

India currently has the world’s largest youth population. The working age group of 15-59 years forms an overwhelmingly large percentage at […]

Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows

In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on the wives of the farmers who have committed suicide during India’s ongoing agrarian crisis. However, Neelima falls short at portraying the women as productive workers wielding their own agency, instead drawing on a reductivist framework, primarily focusing on their widowhood, Sumedha Pal […]

Can India capitalise on the China-US trade war?

While the retaliatory tariffs of the China – US trade war are hurting both producers and consumers in China and the US, Aakanksha Shrawan explores whether it is possible for India to benefit, and how it might achieve this.

A lot has been written about the China – US trade war that has been going on for the better part of this year. US […]

August 22nd, 2018|Economy, Featured|Comments Off on Can India capitalise on the China-US trade war?|
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    Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity in Sri Lanka

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity in Sri Lanka

Despite its growing reputation as one of the stronger economies of South Asia, the image of Sri Lankan labour may be at risk following a thirty-year civil conflict, alternative spending priorities and growing institutional imperfections. Labour market reforms and private sector action is required to help Sri Lanka escape the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity, Ganeshan Wignaraja writes.

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    Examining poverty trends in South Asian countries: where is Sri Lanka among its South Asian counterparts?

Examining poverty trends in South Asian countries: where is Sri Lanka among its South Asian counterparts?

South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions, but the Sri Lankan example can be learned from, writes N.R Ravindra Deyshappriya. 

South Asia has been accommodating a significantly large share of global income and multidimensional poor compared to other regions. The multidimensional poor refers to individuals who are deprived of more than […]

Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report

Professor Anirudh Krishna joined academics and students at the London School of Economics in a workshop organised by LSE South Asia Centre. The workshop, examining key themes of Krishna’s latest book Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, provided a platform to exchange ideas on potential solutions and strategies to address the mass poverty experienced by […]

July 27th, 2018|Development, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report|

India’s global outreach from the regional level

While national discourse often restricts regional leaders to their respective states or regions,  Tridivesh Singh Maini argues that their global vision must be invited onto the world stage by Prime Minister Modi. 

There are a number of developments over the past few days which yet again send a strong message that states are bound to play a substantial role in India’s ties […]

July 19th, 2018|Economy, Politics, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on India’s global outreach from the regional level|

What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?

The Bay of Bengal Muti-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, formed in 1997,  garnered significant attention as an alternative platform for South Asian integration. Saheli Bose assesses where BIMSTEC stands now.
South Asia is one of the least integrated regions in the world, with low intra-regional trade share. It barely stands at 5.38 percent in comparison to other sub-regions of Asia. Intra-regional trade […]

July 18th, 2018|Agriculture, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?|
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    “The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

“The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee

In May 2018, LSE South Asia Centre hosted a workshop where Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT, discussed why Indian democracy doesn’t to deliver more. Ahead of the event, Anshuman Tiwari interviewed Abhijit Banerjee. Edited excerpts:
After recent changes to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) administrative system that attempted to reduce corruption by reforming the processes between […]

July 12th, 2018|Development, Economy, Featured, Interviews, LSE, Society and Culture|Comments Off on “The private sector is much more likely to misuse Aadhar than the government.” — Abhijit Banerjee|
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    “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

“The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain 

On the sidelines of the LSE-Berkeley Bangladesh Summit held at LSE in June 2018, Mahima A. Jain interviewed to Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossain, who was a panellist discussing “Civil Society and the State”.

In this interview, Sara Hossain discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces in an attempt to balance secularism with Islam highlighting the validity and space that the government gives to views of extremist groups. “What […]

July 6th, 2018|Cities and Urban Studies, Corruption, Development, Featured, Gender, Interviews, Law, Politics, Religion, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on “The mixture of Islam as a state religion adjoining secularism is not healthy.” – Sara Hossain |

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