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Ukraine Central Bank moves from one crisis to another

One was thinking that during the pandemic phase, governments will let central banks function fairly autonomously. After all, the governments are caught up with several problems of their own and have little time to interfere in central bank affairs. Moreover, as most central banks are following highly easy monetary policies, the governments would be happy as they often intervene when central banks are following tight policies. Given this, the case of National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) which...

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Why Japanese Businesses Are So Good at Surviving Crises

Dina Gerdeman has a nice piece in HBSWK: On March 11, 2011, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake triggered a powerful tsunami, generating waves higher than 125 feet that ravaged the coast of Japan, particularly the Tohoku region of Honshu, the largest and most populous island in the country. Nearly 16,000 people were killed, hundreds of thousands displaced, and millions left without electricity and water. Railways and roads were destroyed, and 383,000 buildings damaged—including a nuclear...

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Will Universities Learn from the current crisis?

Prof Ken Rogoff in this piece writes how he saw video learning will reshape univ learning 40 years ago but this did not happen. Will the current crisis change things? When I was a graduate student 40 years ago, I was convinced that video learning (the technology of the day) would reshape university teaching. After all, I thought, why shouldn’t students around the world have access to the best lecturers and materials, particularly given that on-campus lectures to 200 students or more...

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Conversation on Relevance of Business History with Lakshmi Subramanian

The conversation was last week. The youtube recording is here. Prof Lakshmi made several interesting points in the conversation. Most people agree that business history is highly relevant but continue to struggle to teach the subject formally in business/management education.  We have to somehow name the subject differently or weave history in the other subjects. This entry was posted on June 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm and is filed under...

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Conversation with Dr Nachiket Mor on Health System Design today @ 4PM

I had blogged about this earlier. The conversation with Dr Nachiket Mor will happen today at 4 PM. The importance of the topic cannot be emphasized enough. We cannot get a better person than  Dr Mor on the topic. Those interested can register here: https://forms.gle/To7hCPE1wKG5Jyi1A This entry was posted on June 20, 2020 at 10:26 am and is filed under Discussion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0...

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The role of smallpox in the conquest of Mexico by Spain

I have known this story of role of Small pox in conquest of Mexico by Spaniards. Jared Diamond in Guns, Germs and Steel discusses this story and have seen in some other books as well, Anantha Nageswaran points to the extract from the ‘Introduction’ of ‘Plagues and Peoples’ by the late historian William H. McNeill, published in 1976. The extraordinary story of the conquest of Mexico ( soon to be followed by Pizarro’s no less amazing conquest of the Inca empire in South America) was really...

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Kerala Nagaland Shramik train special: Longest rail route in India

Eastern Mirror reports that the Kerala Nagaland Shramik train special which is expected to reach Nagaland on 13 June will cover 4322 km.  This becomes the longest train journey in Indian train history. Vivek Express which runs on a weekly basis  from Kanyakumari to Dibrugarh was the longest so far at 4273 km. This entry was posted on June 12, 2020 at 9:54 pm and is filed under Discussion. You can follow any responses to this...

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Is Covid-19 a ‘rich man’s disease’: Evidence from Germany

Thomas Plümper and Eric Neumayer in this voxeu piece: Is Covid-19 a ‘rich man’s disease’, as many citizens in poorer countries believe it to be? This column descibes how in Germany, infections began with individuals returning from skiing holidays. In the first phase of the pandemic, infection rates were higher in richer areas and lower in more socially deprived districts. In the second phase, the ability to socially distance oneself mattered more – an ability that is itself...

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After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush

Reuters has this story from Australia: Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organisers of a course outside Sydney said. The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up soon after the lockdown began to be eased late last month, and there is a lot of demand, the organisers...

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New Zealand is Covid-19-free, last remaining active case has recovered

Stuff happens. NZ has declared itself Covid-19 free. They have not had a case since last 17 days and the last patient recovered as well. There could be cases in future but for now NZers can relax a little. It is a tragedy of sorts that countries which are most affected and continue to be affected are not learning/caring to learn from any of these countries. Yes these are small island countries which makes them special but this could have backfired on them as well....

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