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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Udit Misra


Udit Misra

Udit Misra is Deputy Associate Editor

Explained: How are inflation rate and interest rate linked?
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

At present, the Indian central bank is facing an odd situation: GDP is contracting even as inflation is rising.

ExplainSpeaking on economy: Challenges before RBI as it decides monetary policy this week
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

RBI Monetary Policy: Boosting growth and containing inflation require a very different set of measures and that is why the coming monetary policy review will test the RBI.

ExplainSpeaking – Economy: Why everyone expects NPAs to rise in India
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Explaining what to expect next week, every Sunday morning: Not a single respondent in RBI latest systemic risk survey expected a V-shaped economic recovery

EU recovery deal: What is new, and what it will mean for member nations
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

EU recovery fund: Instead of individual countries raising funds, this time around, the EU as a whole will borrow money from the markets.

ExplainSpeaking: How high real interest rates are holding back investments in Indian economy
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

From the point of view of new investments in the manufacturing sector, real interest rates have gone up over the past two years.

ExplainSpeaking: Why the Indian economy is struggling to recover its growth momentum despite lockdown relaxations
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The uncertainty about Covid's spread has made businesses and consumers jittery and unsure. There seems to be neither capacity nor appetite for consumption -- and in the absence of demand, industry has little incentive to ramp up production.

ExplainSpeaking: Why govt-mandated price controls are a tricky business even for essential medicines
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Instead of price controls, governments should invest in public healthcare provisioning. 

ExplainSpeaking: Why in a crisis we need to look at absolute level of GDP more than growth rates
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Accurate assessment of people's wellbeing requires evaluating green shoots of recovery in relation to the trees that were lost in the storm.

ExplainSpeaking: What India can learn from China about becoming trading powerhouse
Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The Economic Survey for 2019-20, released in January-end, singled out China as the model for India to emulate for boosting exports and creating millions of jobs.

Explained: Why China trade ban will hurt India more
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The outrage over the killing of Indian soldiers has led to calls for banning trade with China. However, India would stand to lose more than China if trade were to be banned. Here are six reasons why

ExplainSpeaking: Why Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan should not make India turn away from international trade
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Economic nationalism often comes at the cost of the wellbeing of domestic consumers while protecting inefficiencies of the domestic producers, who know how to lobby

ExplainSpeaking: When and how will Indian economy recover, what the shape of its recovery will be?
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Given the weakness of India's economy going into the Covid crisis as well as the less than adequate fiscal stimulus, India is likely to end up with an elongated U-shape recovery.

Explained: Why Moody’s downgraded India’s rating, what the implications may be
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Sustained loss of economic growth momentum, worsening government finances, and weak implementation of economic reforms since 2017 are some of the key reasons.

ExplainSpeaking: Why India’s GDP growth rate is being labelled an overestimate yet again
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Moratoriums on loan repayments and extensions for tax compliance tend to undermine the robustness and credibility of macroeconomic data.

Explained: What deceleration in GDP growth rate tells us about state of Indian economy
Sat, May 30, 2020

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 4th Quarter Data: What does it say about the state of the economy? How vulnerable was it even before the Covid pandemic?

ExplainSpeaking: Why provisional GDP estimates due this week are crucial for recovery
Wed, May 27, 2020

As it happens, Covid did not change much from a policy perspective because even before Covid struck, the Indian economy was decelerating sharply, thanks to a dip in demand.

ExplainSpeaking: Why Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan economic package is being criticised
Thu, May 21, 2020

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: There is no sure way of knowing how much the government will spend at the end of this financial year, but most calculations suggest that far from the promised 10% of GDP, the actual government expenditure in the Atmanirbhar package is just 1%.

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: What are they, and how will they help?
Fri, May 15, 2020

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: In the latest tranche of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package, the key thrust is a huge increase in credit guarantees to MSMEs. How do such guarantees work, and how is the move expected to help MSMEs?

PM Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan economic package: Here is the fine print
Thu, May 14, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Atma-nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan (or Self-reliant India Mission) and said that in the days to come his government would unveil the details of an economic package — worth Rs 20 lakh crore or 10% of India’s GDP in 2019-20 — aimed towards achieving this mission.

ExplainSpeaking: Are Indian labour laws as inflexible (or pro-worker) as is often claimed?
Tue, May 12, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): In the days and weeks ahead, we could see the impact of the summary suspension of labour laws on both job creation and labour welfare.

Explained: What labour law changes by states mean
Sat, May 16, 2020

Last week, a number of state governments made key changes in the application of labour laws. What are the labour laws in the country, and how can such changes impact firms, their workers, and the economy?

Explained: How India is responding to lockdown relaxations
Thu, May 07, 2020

An HSBC report finds that economic disruption has come down but the lack of fiscal relief and a sharp increase in Covid cases pose significant threats to economic revival

Explained: Why are Medium, Small, Micro Enterprises worst hit by Covid-19 lockdown?
Thu, May 07, 2020

Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises have been the focus of the government’s relief package. What makes them most vulnerable to Covid-19 disruptions? A look at the numbers, problems, possible ways forward.

ExplainSpeaking: Why government’s Covid-19 relief package should come sooner rather than later
Tue, May 05, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): In India, till now, it has been the RBI that has been at the forefront of shoring up the economy. But, central banks can only do so much.

Explained: How outbreak is disrupting both supply of, and demand for, bank loans
Sat, May 02, 2020

There are several sectors of the economy such as the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are facing acute shortage of funds especially in the wake of the COVID-19-induced economic disruption.