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Is the CD Deshmukh Memorial Lecture a political event?

Going by Dr. Subbarao’s contribution this year, it certainly seems to be. This speech, if one were to take it at face value, exhibited a complete lack of awareness regarding monetary matters which drew a sharp & detailed rebuttal from Ila Patna...
by Economic Policy & Life on Aug 13, 2010

Just what kind of money is this?

Is this a strange question? Think about it… Just what kind of money is this, when the only way to preserve its value is to lend it? If you hold it idle, it loses value. If you invest it in anything other than debt you may beat inflation, but then...
by Economic Policy & Life on Aug 8, 2010

Of Governors and “Senior Officials”…

Over the last few days, apart from the regular newspaper columns and opinions, many readers have emailed saying the RBI is either confused about what its doing, or is acting under political influence. This feeling was compounded when an unnamed “se...
by Economic Policy & Life on Aug 4, 2010

The rise of hedonistic economics

Its been a while since my last post and its not because I’ve been busy otherwise. I’ve been working on a currency model that has the potential to resolve some of the global imbalances that exist. But like with any model, its throws up new problem...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jul 2, 2010

The “threat” from austerity

If one were to read blogs and columns of, well, pretty eminent US economists, one would be forgiven for thinking that the next major threat to global recovery was Germany. When Angela Merkel announced that the German Government would strive to achiev...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 24, 2010

The Economics of Plenty - II

In my previous post, I argued for India discarding its existing economic policies formulated in times of shortages. India’s problems have changed and we now face a problem of plenty, especially when it comes to foreign exchange inflows. Capital i...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 17, 2010

The Economics of Plenty - II

In my previous post, I argued for India discarding its existing economic policies formulated in times of shortages. India’s problems have changed and we now face a problem of plenty, especially when it comes to foreign exchange inflows. Capital i...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 17, 2010

The Economics of Plenty

Amongst other things, the Financial & Eurozone crises have  imparted a significant degree of clarity to economic beliefs, despite the profusion of over-simplified economic rules which surround them. Standard Debt-GDP ratios and requirements...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 11, 2010

The Economics of Plenty

Amongst other things, the Financial & Eurozone crises have  imparted a significant degree of clarity to economic beliefs, despite the profusion of over-simplified economic rules which surround them. Standard Debt-GDP ratios and requirements...
by Economic Policy & Life on Jun 11, 2010

Is the US like Greece?

This question has become one of pretty intense discussion between economists across the world recently. Paul Krugman declared that it isn’t and created some graphs to prove his point. Others declared he misinterpreted the data used for the graphs a...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 19, 2010

Is the world headed for Inflation or Deflation?

This is a tough one. Ever since central banks started creating money from nothing, Austrian school economists have been crying themselves hoarse about potential inflation. And yet it hasn’t been that much of an issue since Paul Volcker supposedly t...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 19, 2010

Is the US like Greece?

This question has become one of pretty intense discussion between economists across the world recently. Paul Krugman declared that it isn’t and created some graphs to prove his point. Others declared he misinterpreted the data used for the graphs a...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 19, 2010

Is the world headed for Inflation or Deflation?

This is a tough one. Ever since central banks started creating money from nothing, Austrian school economists have been crying themselves hoarse about potential inflation. And yet it hasn’t been that much of an issue since Paul Volcker supposedly t...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 19, 2010

Quantitative Easing in Europe - what's the real point?

It seems like the European Bailout package isn't the complete bailout that banks were hoping for. At least, not yet. But that doesn't mean banks have given up trying to make it one. After the 'almost $1 trillion' bailout package announced on Sunday,...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 15, 2010

Quantitative Easing in Europe - what's the real point?

It seems like the European Bailout package isn't the complete bailout that banks were hoping for. At least, not yet. But that doesn't mean banks have given up trying to make it one. After the 'almost $1 trillion' bailout package announced on Sunday,...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 15, 2010

Greece – Is it a failure of the Euro?

With the US markets suddenly losing ground on Greek fears, and for some time now, analyses connecting Greece’s woes to its decision to join the Euro are everywhere. Some suggest that Greece may not be able to find its way out of its problems withou...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 13, 2010

The European Bailout - Shucks and Woe!

Late Sunday night, European leaders announced they had reached an understanding on stabilizing their currency and debt markets. It was a "shock and awe" bailout package of close to USD 1 trillion... It's amazing how easily the number rolls...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 13, 2010

Greece – Is it a failure of the Euro?

With the US markets suddenly losing ground on Greek fears, and for some time now, analyses connecting Greece’s woes to its decision to join the Euro are everywhere. Some suggest that Greece may not be able to find its way out of its problems withou...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 13, 2010

The European Bailout - Shucks and Woe!

Late Sunday night, European leaders announced they had reached an understanding on stabilizing their currency and debt markets. It was a "shock and awe" bailout package of close to USD 1 trillion... It's amazing how easily the number rolls...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 13, 2010

An Exchange Rate Policy for India

After many attempts at trying to convince the RBI to elucidate the exchange rate policy for India, Mr. A V Rajwade, a noted and respected foreign exchange expert, decided to do it himself. As mentioned in the second of his series (Exchange Rate Polic...
by Economic Policy & Life on May 7, 2010


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