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Arvind Subramanian

Arvind Subramanian

The writer is former chief economic advisor to the government of India.

To subject youth to violence only adds to their sense of hopelessness about the future
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

It is bad enough that our higher education system has routinely been failing our youth. It is bad enough too that their prospects of getting decent, well-paying jobs are becoming more grim. To heap violence and physical and psychological insecurity only adds more hopelessness to their educational years

A solution: Two bad banks for the Four Balance Sheet problem
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Indicators of exports, imports, and real government revenues are in negative territory, or close to it. Clearly, this is not an ordinary slowdown. It is India’s Great Slowdown.

Serious questions confront policymakers. Yet data are not reliable enough for them to be answered
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

Running an economy, especially one that is in a predicament such as India’s today, is infinitely more complicated and the data demands are hence commensurately greater. A Data Big Bang effort along the lines proposed here would make that difficult task less challenging.

India’s GDP growth: New evidence for fresh beginnings
Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Methodological changes have led to overestimating GDP growth by 2.5 percentage points per year between 2011-12 and 2016-17. Actual growth is around 4.5 per cent.

Parting reflections of a CEA
Wed, Jul 25, 2018

The Office of the Chief Economic Adviser is a unique public institution — not just another cog, albeit technocratic, in the vast machinery of the government of the day.

GST, a buoyant force
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Aggregate revenues have done well, despite headwinds, especially for less developed, consuming states

Economic Survey 2018 — Thrust areas: Economic convergence, gender inequality, climate change
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

The Survey strives to combine rigor with readability, a challenge that increases in the same proportion as attention spans shrink (from absorbing op-eds to scrolling down tweets).

Putting electricity in GST
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

It must be brought within the ambit of the new tax regime. This will reduce costs, eliminate cross-subsidisation and restore the neutrality of incentives which is essential to good tax policy.

Why agriculture matters: An irony
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Excerpts from Arvind Subramanian's lecture delivered at the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences on June 5.

The best GST there can be
Tue, Apr 04, 2017

In the determination of the rate structure, the guiding principle should be: What will make for a GST that will facilitate compliance, minimise inflationary pressures, be a buoyant source of revenue, command support from the public?

GST and the litmus test of land
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

The Goods and Services Tax will be truly transformational when domains like real estate are brought in its ambit.

The transcendental economist
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The stunning theoretical contributions of Kenneth Arrow, who died last week, both built and undermined all of politics and all of market economics

Rehab for the balance sheet
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

A centralised Public Sector Asset Rehabilitation Agency (PARA) could help over-leveraged corporates and bad-loan encumbered banks.

Surveying ideas for India
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Economic reforms are not, or not just, about overcoming vested interests; they are increasingly about shared narratives on problems and solutions. Economic Survey builds on this idea.

The arhar solution to pollution
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

It will also promote indigenous research and science, incentivise pulses production, rationalise pricing.

The case for cautious optimism
Thu, Sep 08, 2016

The sharp increase in nominal growth is welcome: It signals improvement in underlying real economic activity, holds out hope for the health of the corporate and banking sectors.

Stitching up employment
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Government’s measures to boost the apparel industry are timely as China’s declining competitiveness provides opportunity for India.

Clearing the air on LPG
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Several questions have been raised about our estimates of the savings from the DBT scheme for cooking gas. But all parties accept that the programme reduced subsidised sales by 24 per cent.

Opinion: A Manhattan Project For Coal
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Shunning coal is not viable for India. World needs to come together to make it cleaner.

At the rate of?: Measures of inflation make monetary policy a fraught issue
Tue, Jul 21, 2015

In these unusual times, measures of inflation make monetary policy a fraught issue.