Category Archives: Economy

2014 India Corruption: Modi Effect?

Last year, when I wrote about Corruption Perceptions, I said: I’ll be very interested to see if the new government in India significantly affects corruption perceptions in the next survey. The 2014 data are available, and it’s had an effect. How … Continue reading

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India: A Telling Corruption Study

Transparency International (TI) has published their annual survey of corruption perceptions — how corrupt various countries are perceived to be. As usual, India does not fare well. What’s particularly disturbing, though, is what the data now reveals. TI publishes two … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Population Growth Rate Fell Faster than India’s: Why?

A recent National Geographic article grabbed my attention: Brazil’s population growth rate fell sharply in the last three decades. The article started with a list of names: Jose Alberto; Murilo; Geraldo; Angela; Paulo; Edwiges; Vicente; Rita; Lucia; Marcellino; Teresinha. These … Continue reading

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India’s Population, the Decennial Census, and me

For a country where a quarter of the people are still illiterate in any language, India conducts a pretty decent ten-yearly census. 2011 is a census year, and the provisional results are out for some of the main indicators. (The … Continue reading

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India’s Population: Explosion and Demographic Dividend

Recently, my friend Bhaswati Mukherjee, the Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands, sent me a copy of a speech she made.   “You may find it of interest,” she wrote. I did. Bhaswati and I are old friends; we  were at school … Continue reading

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Dolls’ clothes and E-readers: What does it all mean?

Two things happened recently that made me think about convenience, competition and change, and where electronic markets are taking us. First: I got an e-reader, specifically, a Kindle. Second: We bought clothes for a doll. BOOK-LOVERS AND E-READERS At first, … Continue reading

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Asia: Upward Wage Pressure

There’s an atmosphere of uncertainty, even gloom, about employment in the US. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in California for September 2010 was  12.4% and there’s no immediate sign of improvement. So the document that landed in my email box … Continue reading

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