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Making Data Count

The Uncounted by Alex Cobham, Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2020; pp 227, price not mentioned.

Sustaining the Sustainable Development Goals

This article critiques the framework used for assessing the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals and their comparison across states. While acknowledging the novel intention of such an exercise, the article argues for the need to ensure scientific rigour and improve the validity of the...

Tax Reforms and Global Redistribution

The current international financial system needs an urgent overhaul as it continues to undermine workers’ rights. The recent agreement on the “Two-Pillar Approach” that aims to tackle global corporate tax avoidance and taxing the digital economy falls short of addressing the priorities of the global South, and threatens their sovereignty.

Politics of Populism

Populism in very general terms could be defined in terms of a demagogue choosing to play to the gallery. Such a demagogue selectively tells people what they want to hear. In populism, the communication assumes a skewed form where a political leader needs to speak to the people who, in turn, need to...

Piketty’s Capital and Ideology

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty, Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press; pp 1104, $39.95 (hardcover).

The Idea of Justice

We need contemporary art and artists to engage with the idea of justice creatively, portraying the tragedy of our judiciary powerfully and compellingly.

Inequality in the Utilisation of Maternal Healthcare Services

How the pattern of inequality in maternal healthcare service utilisation has evolved after the adoption of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005 is analysed here and the absolute as well as relative measures of inequality at the state level are estimated. National Family Health Survey data from the third round (2006) and the fourth round (2016) shows that inequality has declined but poor women in poor states still have a long way to go to catch up with even the poor in rich states. By 2016, 10 years after the implementation of the NRHM, the utilisation of maternal healthcare services by poor women in well-performing states was higher than the utilisation of similar services by rich women in poorly performing states.

On the Conundrum of Inequality

Every expansion of capitalist development underlies and renews new forms of inequality.

Will the Budget Do Justice to the Social Sector?

Social security schemes cannot be serving corporate interests. India will not be able to tackle widening inequality if the consecutive budgets do not address the social sector.

An Imbalanced Ecosystem

The rapid development of various institutions supporting company creation in India has the potential to generate economic growth, innovation, and economic development. However, this article shows that the start-up ecosystem has unevenly developed across cities and economic sectors, and has failed to empower the overall population, so far. Using a comprehensive database on start-ups retrieved from Tracxn, a business data and analytics company, the authors find that venture capital concentrates amongst graduates stemming from a handful of prestigious education institutes in India and abroad. The article analyses the role of entrepreneurship policies and argues for a shift of focus and resources towards the building of a more inclusive start-up ecosystem.

Critical Essays in Economics

Economic Growth, Efficiency and Inequality edited by Satish Jain and Anjan Mukherji, Routledge, pp xx+206, ₹ 795.

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