Kaushik Basu

The writer is C. Marks Professor at Cornell University and former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank.

Economic Graffiti: An evening in Florence
Fri, Oct 19, 2018

In one of the cradles of civilisation, the joys of travel are revealed in its artefacts, people and the traveller’s faux pas.

In Good Faith: A journey, an education
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Travelling in rural Bengal, Jharkhand I saw a village school at the cutting edge, and met ordinary people distressed by political cults of a hate-filled Hinduism.

Economic Graffiti: A Hinduism more tolerant
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

At the Ramakrishna Mission complex in Kolkata, a different face of the religion is visible from what is propagated by Hindutva

Economic Graffiti: The angry intellectual
Thu, May 17, 2018

One of the finest minds of our times, Ashok Mitra was anguished by poverty and inequality. His anger sometimes led him to make mistakes.

Economic Graffiti: Why morality matters to economics
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

To deal with corruption, it is not enough to just get fiscal policies right. It is in our collective long-term interest to nurture individual values.

Economic Graffiti: In the name of education
Fri, Feb 23, 2018

There is an impressive increase in school enrollment levels across the country. But not much thought is being given to what students learn.

Facing the slowdown
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

India’s economy is not doing well. Only carefully crafted policy reforms can turn it around

Economic Graffiti: The Turin miracle
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

A magical trip that almost didn’t happen. A moment when disbelief was shaken.

Economic Graffiti: Where India is ahead of China
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

India’s early investment in secularism, cultural openness, freedom of speech, which made the early years difficult for economic growth, is now in a position to pay off. But all forecasts come with caveats.

Economic Graffiti: A higher opportunity
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

India can become a global hub for higher education. Much can be achieved without government having to do the heavy lifting

Economic Graffiti: Don’t be cautious, RBI
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Central bank should be more aggressive in cutting the repo rate. It must signal that this is the direction it will pursue in the foreseeable future.

Economic Graffiti: Anger isn’t enough
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

We need to look at corruption through the lens of law, economics and psychology. The design of corruption control mechanisms is important.

Resisting the moral retreat
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The noticeable drop in India’s visibility in important global debates should worry us all

Look at the facts of demonetisation, not politics
Thu, May 11, 2017

Six months later, it is clear that it achieved next to nothing, and inflicted a large cost on the poor and the informal sector.

Soft power, harder choices
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

To extend its global appeal, China is accommodating religion today. India, which invested early in diverse freedoms, should highlight inclusion now

By way of preface
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

India, and the world, are changing. Our collective responsibility — to make politics and policy more creative — grows more urgent

The Problem of Choice
Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Former chief economist of the World Bank, Kaushik Basu is Professor of Economics and C. Marks Professor at Cornell University

John Nash: The Shakespeare of economics
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

In terms of influence on modern economics and game theory, John Nash has few peers.