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Abhijit Banerjee
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  • Every time we see State power being used with impunity, every occasion when a policeman walks into a teashop and leaves without paying, diminishes the State and breeds cynicism, writes Abhijit Banerjee.
  • Presidency University
    Jul 22, 2015 22:45 IST

    Colleges, univs should be exciting places to teach, be taught

    We need to be able to think of ways to make our institutions of higher learning exciting places to teach and be taught.

  • Insurance and pension
    Jun 03, 2015 22:42 IST

    Selling insurance to poor in India demands imaginative solutions

    It is difficult to sell insurance to the poor in India. The challenges are not insurmountable but demand imaginative solutions

  • Toilets
    Apr 27, 2015 23:49 IST

    Sanitation drive: Bring it all in from the open

    If you are a natural scientist, a publication the journal Science carries enormous prestige. In the last few years Science has started to publish a small number of articles in the social sciences on topics of special importance.

  • farmers
    Mar 26, 2015 22:36 IST

    Land acquisition: First, sow the seeds of security among farmers

    Many years ago, Jagdish Bhagwati, a very distinguished economist long before he became one of the patron saints of the NDA, published an important paper on what he called Directly Unproductive Activities or DUP.

  • Mamata
    Jan 01, 2015 22:01 IST

    Food for thought: Parties should reward their foot soldiers amply

    We need parties that pay their boys decent salaries for being the professionals they could be rather than the proto-criminals they end up becoming because of the system, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  • MGNREGA Contract Employees
    Nov 26, 2014 21:40 ISTpovertyline

    What's the plan for MNREGA? Modi has to explain

    We deserve to be told why the MGNREGA has been singled out for the axe, if for no other reason than to inform our views about future programmes, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  •  Nagaland
    Oct 27, 2014 22:58 IST

    No job is 'low' - be it desk or labour

    Our prejudice against physical labour can only undermine Narendra Modi’s drive to turn India into a manufacturing hub, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  • Indian economy
    Aug 19, 2014 22:22 IST

    The new plan body must have a certain oomph

    Narendra Modi says that he will replace the Planning Commission with a think tank. But it will take some doing to attract high-quality people to work for it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  • Muzaffarnagar
    Jul 01, 2014 22:54 IST

    The centre may not hold: how public rage may hurt India

    The Muzaffarnagar riots and the mauling in elections were bad enough, but things really spun out of control with the rash of rapes and gang rapes that don't show any sign of letting up, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  • BJP supporters
    Apr 23, 2014 00:08 ISTPoverty line

    Why BJP's plan of full reforms is easier said than done

    One advantage of not being in power is that we can dream of reshaping the world exactly as we please. The BJP has had this luxury for some time — now the reality is about to hit it, writes Abhijit Banerjee.

  • Chinese baby girl
    Dec 05, 2013 21:56 IST

    China wants more babies now, but can it succeed?

    Beijing has changed its One Child Policy but past experience shows that demographic reversals are not easy. The experience of Japan and several countries in Southern Europe that are now trying very hard to avoid demographic collapse, suggests it is not easy to switch back. Abhijit Banerjee writes.

  • Jul 25, 2012 22:32 ISTPoverty Line

    Not fired with logic

    A study on the use of improved cooking stoves in Odisha proves that new technologies work best only when they sit lightly on the lives of their users, Abhijit Banerjee writes.

  • rape protest sonepat
    Oct 30, 2012 22:29 IST Poverty Line

    It’s time to get real

    Why are we so outraged by the view that the recent rash of rapes in India has something to do with public displays of intimacy? Abhijit Banerjee writes.

  • UID
    Jan 01, 2013 00:25 ISTpOVERTY LINE

    New day, new start

    The Aadhaar-enabled direct cash transfer scheme will not solve all problems that dog the State’s delivery programmes. Still, it is a worthwhile experiment. Abhijit Banerjee writes.

  • Mar 31, 2013 22:35 ISTPoverty Line

    It’s plane and simple

    Private investment may not be the perfect solution to the problems our national airline faces. But, the public cannot be made to pay the high cost of public sector intervention, Abhijit Banerjee writes.