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Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu

Writing for PS since 2002
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Kaushik Basu, a former chief economist of the World Bank and chief economic adviser to the Government of India, is Professor of Economics at Cornell University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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  1. A Lesson from West Bengal
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    A Lesson from West Bengal

    Jan 23, 2023 Kaushik Basu shares what he learned about the state of Indian education on a trip to a remote rural area.

  2. The G20 and G Minor
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    The G20 and G Minor

    Jan 4, 2023 Kaushik Basu explains how the group can address disparities between the Global North and South as further crises loom.

  3. When Voters Become Fans
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    When Voters Become Fans

    Dec 5, 2022 Kaushik Basu thinks deepening polarization has given the lie to a longstanding assumption about electoral politics.

  4. The Muddled Politics of US Inflation
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    The Muddled Politics of US Inflation

    Nov 3, 2022 Kaushik Basu explains why soaring prices fuel popular anger in a way that no other economic indicator can.

  5. All the King’s Games
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    All the King’s Games

    Oct 3, 2022 Kaushik Basu sheds light on the shadowy machinations and oppressive tactics that help authoritarian rulers stay in power.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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