Monday, May 02, 2016

Interesting readings

Concerns about startups that yearn for network effects by Ajay Shah in the Business Standard, 2 May.

Alex Hern in the Guardian, 29 April, tells the story about Carl Icahn exiting ownership of Apple owing to what he sees is the risk of China's influence on Apple's share price. Christopher Balding on Bloomberg, 25 April, on insights from China on how not to do diplomacy. Pratap Bhanu Mehta in the Indian Express, 30 April, worries that India is trying to compete with China by being like China. e.g.. e.g..

Raghuram Rajan seems to think that banking regulation+supervision played no role in the banking crisis.

Megha Bahree in the New York Times, 28 April, on Vijay Mallya and bankruptcy.

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee in the Business Standard, 28 April, and Gautam Nayak in Mint, 21 April, engage in rational thinking about overseas assets, capital flows, tax havens.

An editorial in the Financial Express, 28 April, reminds us that celebrities are not regulators.

Ravi Krishnan in the Mint, 28 April, worries about the solvency of LIC.

Justin Sandefur on improved measurement of learning outcomes, and the pathways to policy impact, CGD Blog, 27 April.

Shaji Vikraman in the Indian Express, 22 April, on the story of the New Pension System. Also see.

Bharat Ramaswami and Milind Murugkar in the Indian Express on mistakes by the government on BT Cotton, 22 April.

An interview with Samir Shah of NCDEX, in the Economic Times, by Nandini Sanyal, 21 April.

Ananya Kotia (Mint, 28 April) and Deepak Shenoy (Capitalmind, 19 April) on Uber and surge pricing.

Sumit Ray in the Times of India on 26 April, on consumer protection in health care. Also see the comments on this page. It's astonishing, how much of consumer protection in finance carries over to consumer protection in health.

In 2012, Patnaik, Sengupta, Shah found evidence about trade misinvoicing being a channel for substantial capital flows. In recent days, we're rediscovering this channel in China (the Financial Times, 26 April). Once current account liberalisation takes place, capital controls become much less effective.

Dinesh Thakur in the Economic Times on problems of food and drug safety in India.

Action without planning by T. N. Ninan, in the Business Standard, 23 April.

Manish Sabharwal and Sonal Arora in the Financial Express on fixing the problems of EPFO, 23 April.

Dhruva Jaishankar on rethinking the organisation structure of the Ministry of External Affairs, in the Diplomat, 21 April.

Dhruva Jaishankar in the Huffington Post on India's think tanks, 15 April.

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