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Ashoka Mody

Ashoka Mody

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Ashoka Mody, a visiting professor of International Economic Policy at Princeton University, previously worked for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He is the author of India is Broken: A People Betrayed, Independence to Today (Stanford University Press, 2023).

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  1. The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy
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    The Slow Death of India’s Secular Democracy

    Jan 19, 2024 Ashoka Mody identifies the key moments and players in the rise, normalization, and political victory of Hindu nationalism.

  2. Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more
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    Ashoka Mody on Indian corruption, growth, jobs, and more

    Sep 26, 2023 Ashoka Mody traces the roots of the lack of accountability in India, highlights shortcomings in human capital and gender equality, casts doubt on the country’s ability to assume a Chinese-style role in manufacturing, and more.

  3. India’s Fake Growth Story
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    India’s Fake Growth Story

    Sep 6, 2023 Ashoka Mody accuses the government of using faulty national accounting to cover up growing macroeconomic problems.

  4. Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower
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    Unlike China, India Cannot Be an Economic Superpower

    Jul 28, 2023 Ashoka Mody explains why the hype around the country’s neoliberal policies and growth prospects is misguided.

  5. India’s Law-of-the-Jungle Raj
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    India’s Law-of-the-Jungle Raj

    May 12, 2023 Ashoka Mody considers what the life and death of criminal-politician Atiq Ahmed reveals about the country.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
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    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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