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In Conversation with Deepak Nayyar on ‘Resurgent Asia’

by Duncan Green
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Duncan Green: I recently skyped Deepak Nayyar, Professor of Economics at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to discuss his new book, Resurgent Asia. From Poverty to Power · Deepak Nayyar Podcast You start with an economist called Gunnar Myrdal, who 50 years ago wrote a book saying that Asia was doomed! Myrdal had a European perspective of Asia, with almost no history. For him, Asia began really at the end of the Second World War. But...

Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

by Dev Nathan, Govind Kelkar
"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous. Endogenous shocks arise from within the economic system. The Great Recession of 2008 was sparked off by the shock of the financial crisis. This clearly originated from within the economic system. In India, the demonetization of 2016 was a shock caused by an economic policy. Therefore...

The end of poverty postponed?

by Andy Sumner, Chris Hoy, Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez
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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter. However, far too little attention is being given to the worsening crisis in developing countries where coronavirus is spreading rapidly and governments grapple with the devastating economic consequences of prolonged shutdowns and the collapse of world trade. Three-quarters of new cases detected every day are in developing countries. All of this is likely to trigger immediate and...

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The labour market implications of COVID-19 for Bangladeshi women

With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on 8 March 2020 and the initiation of a lockdown on 26 March 2020, 1 the livelihoods of a significant number of people were under serious threat — with women most likely to suffer the wors...

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The debate around intellectual property rights and the COVID-19 vaccine
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The most effective way to fight COVID-19 is by vaccinating against infection. But once the vaccine is developed, how can it be distributed across the world’s population?...

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Is COVID-19 really an exogenous shock?

"We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." – Albert Einstein Economists invariably divide shocks into two types: endogenous and exogenous...

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Poverty and the pandemic in the Pacific
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COVID-19 has had a far greater economic impact than health impact on Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific...

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The end of poverty postponed?: Over a billion people living in poverty and a $500 million per day loss of income for the poorest people in the world could soon be reality

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines as the death toll rises and economies falter...

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Temporary shock or lasting poverty trap?: COVID-19 in South Africa

South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown regulations are likely to have a devastating impact on the incomes of workers and their dependents . Already disadvantaged groups will suffer disproportionately from the adverse effects...

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Artificial intelligence vs. COVID-19 in developing countries: Priorities and trade-offs
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The rush to harness Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the fight against the pandemic may be an opportunity for developing countries to accelerate the digitalization of their economies...

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An unprecedented threat requires unprecedented leadership: What is needed from global powers

COVID-19 is the greatest global threat the world has faced since the Second World War...

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Migrant workers in the Covid-19 pandemic

Millions of migrant workers around the world provide valuable income for their families and contribute more broadly to the economies of both their home and host countries...

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How Africa can fight the pandemic

The response to Africa’s COVID-19 plight must be swift and at scale rather than too little, too late...

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How do we live with corona?

People who live through extreme events are, often deeply, altered by the experiences they have. Even when those experiences take place predominantly in the physical realm, they are also events of consciousness...

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Age composition of population and Covid-19

The novel Covid-19 is affecting the advanced countries in the Western Hemisphere disproportionately more than developing countries...

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To die from hunger or the virus: An all too real dilemma for the poor in India (and elsewhere)
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On March 24, in a speech to the nation, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown. With only four hours’ notice, 1.3 billion people were expected to stay at home and not venture out for three weeks...

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Will COVID-19 lead to half a billion more people living in poverty in developing countries?

The impacts of COVID-19 in developing countries are starting to be felt. The Economist went as far as to call it the ‘next calamity’ , noting how overlooked the impact on poorer countries has been...

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