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He is a well respected and clear-headed Indian economist. He was educated in Presidency College, Kolkata, Delhi School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge). He has worked at Presidency College (Kolkata), Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Pune), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Delhi), National Council of Applied Economic Research (Delhi) and as Consultant, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He was also the Director of a project known as LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalizing the Economy), set up by the Ministry of Finance and UNDP to examine legal reforms. Books Authored or co-authored. (full text).
He says: “It is important to change not only the base and the basket of commodities, but also the method and processes used to compute these indices, which have been strongly criticized. Even the time taken for data collection is pretty long. These things must improve for the indices to be effective”. (full text).
Free download: A message of empowerment, a 174 pages pdf-text by Bibek Debroy.
Bibek Debroy – India
The Indian economy is fast losing competitiveness, not because RBI chose to inject some exchange rate volatility for various reasons but because the economy’s readiness to handle a permanently higher level of aggregate demand has been stopped in its tracks. That is the crux. The UPA government is part of the problem not only because it is an “unproductive asset” (acknowledge Bibek Debroy) but also since it is pursuing CPA—a counterproductive agenda. One should not deny India’s communists their credit in this state of affairs. (full text, May 15, 2007).
- Back to lazy banking, May 9, 2007;
- Wish he were duty-bound, March 1, 2007;
- Call it disparity, not rural-urban divide, November 30, 2006;
- Improving India’s Investment Climate, April 11, 2005;
- We must scrap Pay Commissions, July 2004;
- Integrating the Rural Poor into Markets, 2004.
Bibek Debroy, the well-known economist, for instance, uses his free time to translate Hindu scriptures from Sanskrit to English, much like you and I would spend a lazy afternoon getting through the latest bestseller. (full text).
… “Words like dharma, sankhya, arya, vikara, brahman, atman, yoga, guna, shruti, samadhi, prakriti … Vedas have no ready English equivalents and the meaning sometimes varies from context to context … The motivation behind the translation is to be as objective as possible … The text stands by itself, complete and without interpolation, juxtaposed with the Sanskrit for easy reference; interpretation and explanation are tucked away as notes at the end” … (full text).
WTO at Ten, Looking Back to Look Beyond, Edited by Bibek Debroy and Mohammed Saqib, Konark Publishers, New Delhi – It is 10 years since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) was established, and it is time to take stock. The book explores key developments and the role played by the multilateral trading system. It also touches on issues such as market access, dispute settlement, anti-dumping, capacity building and technical assistance by experts, practitioners and academics. (full text).