Op-Eds, Interviews, and Essays
My Grandfather – Manish Ghatak, The
Space Ink, February 15, 2021.
assessment of policy performance under the current regime, Ideas for India, February 1, 2021.
pursuing growth can uproot the tree that bears us fruit, The Economic Times,
December 23, 2020.
lack of mobility hinders the India story, Hindustan
Times, October 9, 2020.
How Bad Is India's Economic Crisis? Brace Yourself, in NDTV.com, September
India Recover? (pdf version), Interview in India Today,
September 7, 2020.
Would Make India’s Growth Sustainable?
The India Forum,
August 15, 2020.
Rishi Sunak's Plan For UK To India's Steps, in NDTV.com, July
Threw Our Workers under the Bus, Reader's Digest, Indian Edition, July 2020.
blueprint to protect labour rights without constraining capital, Hindustan
Times, July 4, 2020.
governments can be better armed financially to fight Covid-19 by issuing public
health bonds, The
Economic Times, June 5, 2020.
to reorganise the World Health Organization – and how to finance it, in LSE Business Review, June 5,
World Health Organization: A GRID for reform, in VoxEU.org, May 30, 2020.
it work? (pdf version), Interview in India Today,
May 23, 2020.
Certainly Forced into Atmanirbhar Abhiyan,
in NDTV.com, May
indispensability of labour in reviving India’s economic engine, Hindustan
Times, May 8, 2020.
Twin Crises of Covid-19 and How to Resolve Them, The India Forum, April 28, 2020.
up action to ease poverty amid this crisis, Evening Standard, April 21, 2020.
World Has a $2.5 Trillion Problem. Here’s How to Solve It. The New York Times, April 20, 2020.
Will Upend the 'Profits Over People' Mantra of Globalisation, The Wire,
April 4, 2020.
Points of Concern On Government's Much-Needed Economic Package, in NDTV.com, March 28, 2020.
How will it change us? Podcast of panel discussion, BBC – The Real Story,
March 27, 2020.
crumbling of India’s economy, Hindustan
Times, March 24, 2020.
had a tough task, but Budget has failed to clear the smell test, (pdf version),
The Times of India,
February 2, 2020
Delivery Deficit, (pdf version), Interview in India Today, February
a huge informal economy, government should increase spending, not worry about
deficit, The Indian Express,
January 22, 2020 (coverage in Financial
Trillion Economy By 2024? Magic Realism At Play Given
Current Low, in NDTV.com, January 10, 2020.
additions to empirical research, The
Hindu, October 18, 2019. Slightly revised version
in VoxDev.org, October 25,
Lies Behind Abhijit Banerjee’s Nobel, The Open Magazine, October 17, 2019.
Slightly revised version
in Ideas for India, October 25, 2019.
idea with dual impact, an interview for The Telegraph on the co-winner
of the 2019 Nobel Prize, Abhijit Banerjee, October 16, 2019.
Disguising The Economic Slowdown Now, in NDTV.com,
October 7, 2019.
revival roadmap, Interview in India
Today (pdf version), September 6, 2019.
Why Do We
Insist on Debating Politics With Our Friends and Family?, The Wire,
May 22, 2019.
long-term solution to poverty but useful ‘first-aid’, NYAY
e-Symposium, Ideas for India,
May 1, 2019.
price of NYAY, Interview in India Today (pdf
How the Congress
can make the minimum income guarantee scheme a reality, in CNBCTV18.com, March 27, 2019.
Modinomics - What He Promised and What We Got, in NDTV.com,
March 26, 2019.
five years prove that sustained economic growth is incompatible with toxic
Hindutva politics, in Scroll.in, March 24, 2019.
The Mirage of Modinomics, (with Udayan
Mukherjee), The India Forum,
March 8, 2019. (shorter version
The Fiscal Tightrope, (pdf version),
Interview in India Today, February
Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee proposal work? Ideas for India, February 7, 2019, the original version
was published in NDTV.com on January 30,
Social Safety Net and Land
Market Reform, in Abhijit Banerjee, Gita Gopinath, Raghu Rajan, and Mihir
Sharma (eds.) What the Economy
Needs, forthcoming, Delhi: Juggernaut Books.
the debate fruitful, The Economic Times,
December 6, 2018.
Shaky Ground, (pdf version), Interview
as part of cover story on India's growth slowdown in India Today, October 19, 2018.
Returns in Economic Growth, Business Standard, October 19, 2018.
in the LSE Annual
Economics Review 2017-18, September 2018.
the moment, the GDP growth is at a four-year low, Interview in The National Herald, September 17, 2018.
Me the Black Money, (pdf version), Interview
as part of cover story on demonetisation in India Today, September 08, 2018.
Times but Stay Optimistic:
An Interview with Suman Ghosh, in The
Telegraph, September 03, 2018.
Growth under Modi and UPA I and II, in NDTV.com, August
Inequality in a ‘Principles of Economics’ Textbook, (web version), Economic and Political Weekly of India, Vol.
53, Issue No. 24, 16 Jun, 2018.
Big Bank Theory - The Need to Move Beyond the Privatisation vs Nationalisation
Debate, The Open Magazine,
March 23, 2018
India Grow Slower than the World when the Nehru-Gandhis
were in power? in NDTV.com, March 13, 2018.
Heights Again, The Open
Magazine, February 9, 2018.
Signals No Achhe Din For
Those Looking For Jobs, in NDTV.com, February 2, 2018.
is fine to stop some kinds of leakage and corruption. But it is no panacea,
The Economic Times,
January 23, 2018.
Poll Results Cap BJP's 2014 Hangover, Start New Chapter in Indian Politics,
CNN-IBN, December 27, 2017.
Many Economists Are Disillusioned With the ‘Gujarat Model’? (with Sanchari
Roy), The Wire,
November 29, 2017
Gujarat Model Fails, Bring In "Padmavati" in NDTV.com, November 24, 2017.
growth rate of income stayed the same before and after Modi, The Print, November 9, 2017
model: The gleam of state’s high growth numbers hides dark reality of poverty,
inequality, in Scroll.in, October
Thaler’s Nobel Win, Behavioural Economics Has Officially Made Its Way Into the
Mainstream, The Wire, October 13,
needs to create greater economic opportunities for all, The Economic Times,
October 9, 2017.
Of Jean Dreze's Book, Jholawala Economics For Everyone, in NDTV.com, October 03,
Modinomics has turned into Muddlenomics, in NDTV.com,
September 27, 2017.
Most Unforgettable Teacher, (pdf version)
India, September 17, 2017.
Meghnad Badh Rahasya’ Evokes Memories of a Movement That Continues to
Haunt Bengal’s Imagination, (with Manishita
Wire, September 5, 2017.
poverty in developing countries with a universal basic income, VoxDev.org, July 17, 2017
in The Wire, July 21,
Let's Call A Lynching A Lynching, NDTV.com,
July 5, 2017.
Rhetoric of Partisanship, The
Wire, July 1, 2017.
Speech Is Not Always ‘Costless’, The
Wire, June 14, 2017.
Lay-Offs Reveal The Dangers That Lie Beneath, in NDTV.com, May 18, 2017.
Universal Basic Income Scheme for India? in Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Economy Watch, April 2017,
the Struggle Against Erosion of Free Speech is a Fight Over the Rule of Law,
The Wire, March 23, 2017.
Was Bad Economics But as an Act of Vigilantism it Served Modi Well Politically,
The Wire, March 13, 2017.
New Spend on MGNREGA Exposes
About Notes Ban, in NDTV.com, February
in Time - Memories of Presidency College, (pdf version), Autumn
Annual, 2016-17, Vol. XLV, Presidency Alumni
Association, Calcutta, January 2017.
against demonetisation - Firing cannonballs to kill mosquitoes, The Tribune, December 5, 2016.
Ban Beats Holograms as Modi's Campaign Gold, in NDTV.com, November 22, 2016.
fumbles as NOTA wins US elections with 42% evading polls, Business Standard, 16 November
Trump Conundrum, The
Open Magazine, Web Exclusive, 2 November 2016.
prize in Economics 2016: The economy as a nexus of contracts. Ideas for India,
October 20, 2016 (shorter version
co-published in Business
Ki Baat" Or "Ban Ki Baat"?
Government Must Back Off, NDTV.com,
August 31, 2016.
India ready for a universal basic income scheme? NDTV.com, August 27, 2016 (longer version
published in Ideas for India).
price of basic income. The Indian
Express, June 29, 2016
suggests focusing on trade and inequality may not be antithetical, The
Economic Times, June 28, 2016.
Britan, you've likely voted for a recession, in NDTV.com, June
Don't Brexit, in NDTV.com, June 22, 2016.
hope left? Interpreting the West Bengal election
results, in NDTV.com, May 24, 2016.
Some Change: Mamata Hasn't Delivered Much For Benga,l
in NDTV.com, April 19, 2016.
Government Presented A UPA 3 Budget in NDTV.com,
March 3, 2016.
Brand Nitish Defeated Brand Modi, in NDTV.com,
November 9, 2015.
Deaton - The Real World Economist, The
Indian Express, October 16, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
Policy in India and Its Discontents, in NDTV.com, October 11, 2015.
Government's Complacency Hit By Reality in NDTV.com, August 11, 2015 (with Parikshit
or 'Jhola'? That Debate's a Trap, in NDTV.com, July 20, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
a Land Acquisition Act Can Address Both Justice and Prosperity (with
Parikshit Ghosh), The Wire, June 1,
Farmer Suicides a 'Tragedy' Fails India in NDTV.com,
May 2, 2015 (See longer version in the Ideas for India).
Don't Patronise the Farmer, The Indian Express, March 30, 2015
(See longer version in the Ideas for India).
Acquisition Ordinance (with Parikshit Ghosh), eSocialSciences.Org, February, 2015.
Response to the
Bhagwati-Panagariya rejoinder on MNREGA, Ideas for India, December 14, 2014
(See shorter version
in The Times of India).
Numbers: Attack on NREGA is Misleading, Times of India,
November 9, 2014. Click here for a pdf
in India’ to ‘Made in India’ as a global brand?, The
Economic Times, October 13, 2014. Click here for the
longer Ideas for India
Interview at The Economie,
Netherlands, September 22, 2014.
has more than its fair share of super-rich and it isn’t a good thing (with Debraj Ray), The Economic Times, September
4, 2014. Click here
for the longer Ideas for India
needs more than Narendra Modi's trickle-down model, The Guardian,
July 14, 2014.
Did Gujarat Switch
to a Higher Growth Trajectory Relative To India under
Modi? A Rejoinder (with Sanchari Roy), Economic and Political Weekly
of India, May 3, 2014. Click here for the
comment to which this piece responds to.
Growth in the time of
UPA: Myths and Reality (with Parikshit Ghosh & Ashok Kotwal), Economic and Political Weekly of India, April
19, 2014. (Reprinted in Economic
Growth and its Distribution in India (ed.s) Pulapre Balakrishnan, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan,
Winnowing fact from
rhetoric: A look at what figures tell of UPA's regime (with Parikshit Ghosh
& Ashok Kotwal), Economic
Times, April 15, 2014.
Did Gujarat’s Growth
Rate Accelerate under Modi? (with Sanchari Roy), Economic and Political Weekly of India, April
12, 2014. See here
the version with the latest year's data.
is Not the Victim of the UPA, it is the Other Way Round, (with Parikshit
Times, April 3, 2014.
Look in the Mirror (with Sanchari Roy), Outlook,
March 31, 2014. Click here for a pdf version, here for version
with tables, and here
for the Ideas for India
Model of Development and Other Growth Stories, (with Sanchari Roy), DNA,
March 31, 2014.
Modinomics: do Narendra Modi's economic claims add up? (pdf
Sanchari Roy), The
Guardian, March 13, 2014.
Harvard, Hard Work, and
Hard Facts, Economic
Times, Sunday Magazine, February 23, 2014.
India's Land Policy (with Parikshit Ghosh and Dilip Mookherjee), Yojana,
The Land Acquisition
Bill is Deeply Flawed (with Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas for India, October 23,
The Chit fund crisis:
Should not put all financial intermediaries in the same bracket, (with Abhijit V. Banerjee), Ideas for India, May 3, 2013
a land acquisition policy for India, (with Dilip Mookherjee), Ideas for India, and MINT, Sep 5 2012 [press
coverage in Times of India].
Land acquisition: Is
there a way out? (with
Parikshit Ghosh), Ideas for India,
July 16, 2012 [interview
coverage in Forbes India].
Land Acquisition Bill: A Critique and a Proposal, (with Parikshit Ghosh), Economic
and Political Weekly of India, October 8, 2011, Vol. XLVI, No 41. (Click here for a shorter
version in The Hindustan Times, and here in Ideas
for India, and here
for press coverage in Forbes India).
on One’s Square Feet, Hindustan
Times, New Delhi, September 21, 2011.
What Crisis Has Taught
Express, New Delhi, January 9, 2010.
Buying Land and Selling
Kidneys, Financial Express,
New Delhi, November 9 & 16, 2009.
No Way Out of this Plot,
(with Sanjay Banerji), Financial
Express, New Delhi, September 30, 2009.
Small is Smart, Financial Express, New
Delhi, August 24, 2009.
Anger in the Wake of Aila (with
Sreyashi Dastidar), Financial Express, New
Delhi, June 11, 2009.
Poor Man’s Capitalism. Financial Express, New Delhi,
March 23, 2009.
Financial Express, New
Delhi, January 12, 2009.
Where is Credit Due?
Financial Express, New
Delhi, October 27, 2008
Industrialization in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et al), Economic
and Political Weekly of India, April
Strategy for Economic
Reform in West Bengal (with A.V. Banerjee et al), Economic
and Political Weekly of India, October
In an Imperfect World
(with Sugata Marjit), The
Calcutta, June 29, 2002.
Survival (with A.V. Banerjee et al), The
Calcutta, May 13, 2001.
Big Boom Theory
(with Parikshit Ghosh), The Telegraph, Calcutta, June 4, 1999.
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