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“Microfinance Doesn’t Work”

June 26, 2012

Betsy Wiesendanger

Those may be harsh words from someone who runs a microfinance company in India. But Tara Thiagarajan is hell-bent on changing that.

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India’s Big-Box Debate

March 27, 2012

Rebecca McReynolds

India’s mom-and-pop shops fear being crushed by the Walmarts of the world. But the arrival of international, multi-brand retailers would actually benefit small stores, says Chazen Senior Scholar Rajeev Kohli.

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India’s Seven-Year Itch

February 29, 2012

Sharon Kahn

With foreign direct investment now encouraged, property-related investing in India is striving to become friendlier.

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The Economics of Disaster

March 6, 2012

Justin Yifu Lin

On the anniversary of the Japan earthquake that killed 18,000 people, Justin Yifu Lin of the World Bank reflects on our increasing vulnerability to natural disasters -- and offers a surprising preventative.

Topics: Economic Policy, India, Africa | Read Article

Brain-Drain Panic Returns, This Time to Africa

February 7, 2012

Jagdish Bhagwati

Officials in India have long bemoaned the mass exodus of skilled labor to other countries such as the United States. Now, Africa finds itself in the same situation. Jagdish Bhagwati proposes four practical ways to encourage home-grown talent to stay put.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, India, Africa | Read Article

Does Redistributing Income Reduce Poverty?

November 3, 2011

Jagdish Bhagwati

Does economic growth help reduce poverty in developing countries — or do growth-oriented policies merely increase gross national product without ameliorating poverty?

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Familiarity Breeds...Better Loans?

September 7, 2011

Everyone agrees: Discrimination based on race or religion is a bad thing in bank lending. But what about the reverse? A fascinating new study examines what happens when lenders grant more favorable terms to their own kind.

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When Investor Trust Goes Awry

June 27, 2011

Sharon Kahn

Chitra Ramkrishna, joint managing director of the National Stock Exchange of India, describes the formation of a stock exchange that catered to investors, not brokers.

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Why Free Trade Matters

June 29, 2011

Jagdish Bhagwati

Protectionist trade policies don't help developing countries, argues Jagdish Bagwati. In fact, he says, free trade promotes prosperity, making it a moral imperative.

Topics: The Middle-Income Trap, Economic Policy, China, India | Read Article

Lights and Sirens

December 14, 2010

Spurred by his mother's near-tragedy, Shaffi Mather created India’s first reliable ambulance service. At a recent forum sponsored by the Chazen Institute, he revealed what drives him and why his unconventional pricing strategy works.

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