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Nirvikar Singh

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Explained: What will India’s bank mergers fix?

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Nirvikar Singh Will the costs of the mergers be worthwhile? It is hard to be sure The planned mergers of several of India’s public sector banks represent another bold move by the current government. It is hard to imagine previous governments acting so dramatic... More »

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The red herring in Jammu and Kashmir

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Nirvikar Singh What deserves a little more analysis are the implications for Kashmir’s and India’s development. (File) “Audacious” seems to be an appropriate word to describe the step that the Indian government took in early August, not only dispensing with Ka... More »

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Budget 2019: Surveying India’s economic strategy

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Nirvikar Singh The ESI makes only a beginning in understanding what will make Indian firms more productive. Budget 2019 India: My last column, on India’s Union Budget, attempted to bring out some general themes underlying the detailed revenue and expenditure p... More »

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Economic challenges for the new government

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Nirvikar Singh Narendra Modi and the NDA won a famous electoral victory last month, consolidating political power in a manner that many had not imagined was possible in contemporary India. The country of a “million mutinies” seems to be increasingly aligning w... More »

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What did we learn from the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?

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Nirvikar Singh What did we learn from the victory of the ruling coalition? We already knew that Narendra Modi is a charismatic and effective campaigner, and that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is well-organised and influential communicators. What we learned ... More »

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How India can address national leadership deficit

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Nirvikar Singh In that case, one might get better leaders on average, and one systemic way to deal with India’s national leadership deficit is to give subnational governments more policy space, both in terms of revenue raising and spending authority. With the ... More »

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Courting economic failure – The Financial Express

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Nirvikar Singh n 2016, Amrit Amirapu provided one of the first quantitative analyses of the economic costs of judicial delays in India. India’s judicial system has many positive features. It is reasonably fair and impartial, and it has often acted to protect c... More »