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Pranab Bardhan

Pranab Bardhan

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Pranab Bardhan, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author, most recently, of A World of Insecurity: Democratic Disenchantment in Rich and Poor Countries (Harvard University Press, 2022).

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  1. Pranab Bardhan on India, China, universal basic income, and more

    Pranab Bardhan on India, China, universal basic income, and more

    Apr 11, 2023 Pranab Bardhan highlights the costs of India’s crony oligarchy, assess the sources of China’s economic resilience, makes the case for a UBI in low-income countries, and more.

  2. Unmasking India’s Crony Capitalist Oligarchy
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    Unmasking India’s Crony Capitalist Oligarchy

    Feb 13, 2023 Pranab Bardhan explains how the allegations against billionaire Gautam Adani embody the flaws in India’s political economy.

  3. Organized Labor After COVID
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    Organized Labor After COVID

    May 3, 2021 Pranab Bardhan shows that while unions are adapting and making some gains, they still face major hurdles.

  4. Modi’s Performance and the Tragedy of India’s Poor
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    Modi’s Performance and the Tragedy of India’s Poor

    May 21, 2020 Pranab Bardhan argues that the government's pandemic response is following a script that is devastating the country's poor.

  5. Are Indian Democracy’s Weaknesses Inherent?
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    Are Indian Democracy’s Weaknesses Inherent?

    May 24, 2019 Pranab Bardhan argues that the Hindu nationalist BJP's landslide election victory occurred in a highly resilient system.

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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.
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    Making Sense of Society

    Michael Spence considers why a healthy civil society is crucial to good governance and inclusive prosperity.
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    Shock Therapy Killed Navalny

    Antara Haldar argues that while Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, so do the economic policies that put him in power.
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    Putin’s Silk Road Around Sanctions

    Robin Brooks & Simon Johnson urge Europe and the G7 to stop the re-export of Western goods to Russia from Central Asia and the Caucasus.
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    To Fight Climate Change, End Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

    Günther Thallinger & Ludovic Subran urge policymakers to recognize the true costs of a policy that harms the planet and does not help the poor.

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