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Rediscovering Indian thought: How a scholar built a database of pre-Independence magazinesRediscovering Indian thought: How a scholar built a database of pre-Independence magazines

Prof Rahul Sagar of NYU Abu Dhabi has built this fantabuolus database: https://www.ideasofindia.org/. It indexes the contents pages of 255 English-language pre-Independence magazines from India. In thus scroll article. Prof Sagar details his journey: In the early nineteenth century the East India Company committed itself to imparting modern knowledge to the people of India. Soon thereafter Indians began flocking to newly created colleges and schools where they became avid readers of the...

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Bnk of Slovenia vs Slovenian government

Slovenian central bank has long been fighting a battle against its own government. The government believes that the central bank should pay for the banking losses since 2013. The central bank has been fighting this belief for a while. Recently, the government passed a law which pushes the losses on the central bank. The central bank has objected to the law. Here is the translation: After voting again on the Law on the Procedure for the Judicial Protection of Former Holders of  Qualified...

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Lessons from IBM in Nazi Germany (How top companies just kept doing business with Nazis..)

Prof Geoff Jones of HBS has recently written a case on role of IBM in Nazi Germany. He discusses the case and its broad lessons in this superb interview: Brian Kenny: Today, we’re looking at something that’s obviously a little controversial, as we look at IBM in Nazi Germany. Can you just help us by starting the case of what happens as the case opens? Geoff Jones: The case begins in Berlin, June 28, 1937. TJ Watson is sat down for a cup of tea with Adolf Hitler, who had become the...

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30 years of Fall of Berlin Wall: Some links

It was on Nov 8 1989 that Berlin Wall fell, marking 2019 as 30 years of the event. Some links: George Soros writes how after the fall international cooperation became the norm but we now see rise of nationalism Christine Lagarde honors Wolfgang Schauble who as Minister of the Interior handled the reunification. Doug Bandow on the history of Berlin Wall and its fall This entry was posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm and is filed under...

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Lessons from fungi on markets, economics and inequality

Fascinating Ted talk by Toby Kiers, a microbiologist: So I stand before you as an evolutionary biologist, a professor of evolutionary biology, which sounds like a rather fancy title, if I may say so myself. And I’m going to talk about two topics that aren’t normally talked about together, and that’s market economies and fungi. Or is it fun-GUY, or, as we say in Europe now, fun-GEE? There’s still no consensus on how to say this word. So I want you to imagine a market economy that’s...

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40th anniversary of Sukhamoy Chakravarty paper: Debates raised in the paper resonate today

The academia in west celebrates and reflects on anniversaries of famous research papers. For instance, Friedman’s 1968 paper on limits of monetary policy, Douglass North’s 1968 paper on shipping productivity and so on. We in India first barely have a list of such papers and second there is hardly any reflection on their anniversaries. In this aspect, it is really nice to read this Mint article by Niranjan Rajyadhaksha (who else) who reflects on 40th anniversary of a research paper by...

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Memoirs of Sir Thomas Roe: 400 years of Indian & England

Lubbaba Al Azmi in this Madras Courier piece narrates the fascinating history.. 400 years ago, Sir Thomas Roe landed in the Mughal court. As a British Ambassador, he tried to engage with Jahangir, the Mughal emperor, and attempted to build a trade relationship. However, his diplomacy did not cut the ice; it ended up being a failure. But Thomas Roe has meticulously documented his efforts in his memoirs which are, till today, available in the British Library, London. A research scholar...

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Doing Business Rankings: How the World Bank influences national regulatory policy..

India jumping to 63rd rank in Doing Business Rankings is talk of the town. Beth Simmons (Wharton), Judith G. Kelley (Duke University) and Rush Doshi (Brookings Institution) in a paper discuss how these rankings influence policy. In this [email protected] discussion, the authors discuss key ideas behind the paper: [email protected]: Do you know from the work that you did if these global performance indicators are really one of the determining factors in policy change, or are they part of a larger...

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Africa Needs Traditional Media (so does everybody!)

Adewunmi Emoruwa, an investor in African media startups in this Proj Synd piece: While social-media platforms offer speed and accessibility, a credible free press – committed to finding the truth and informing the public – remains vital to support accountability in places where it is often hard to find. To fulfill their role, however, independent news organizations need sufficient funding. Advertisements...

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What holds back female economists from making a career in central banking: the gender promotion gap

Luc Laeven and Ana Lamo of ECB in this article: The underrepresentation of women in economics is perhaps nowhere as visible as in central banks. This Research Bulletin article uses anonymised personnel data to analyse the career progression of men and women at the European Central Bank (ECB). Women were less likely to be promoted up until 2010, when the ECB issued a statement supporting diversity and took measures to support gender balance. Following this change, the promotion gap...

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