Econ Central https://econcentral.in Thu, 24 Sep 2020 03:40:50 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://econcentral.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/cropped-favicon-wp-32x32.png Econ Central https://econcentral.in 32 32 Episode 15: Goodbye and All That https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/9/24/episode-15-goodbye-and-all-that/ Thu, 24 Sep 2020 03:07:59 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9716 Read show notesEpisode 15: Goodbye and All That

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 Sad news, folks: this is it for Econ Central. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain why they are ending this show at just episode 15 — and also recommend a whole bunch of books to read as a goodbye gift. Also check out: 1. Moonflower Murders — Anthony Horowitz. 2. The Paper Menagerie — Ken Liu. 3. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories — Ken Liu. 4.

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Episode 14: The Big Deal About the IPL https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/9/17/episode-14-the-big-deal-about-the-ipl/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 04:25:12 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9673 Read show notesEpisode 14: The Big Deal About the IPL

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 The IPL starts this weekend. It is much more than a tamasha. It saved and revitalized cricket. In episode 14 of Econ Central, Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul turn the economic lens towards cricket and cricket strategy. Also check out: 1. Opportunity, Choice and the IPL (2008) — Amit Varma. 2. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus — Ludwig Wittgenstein. 3.

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Episode 13: Everyone Has Lost It! https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/9/10/episode-13-everyone-has-lost-it/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:22:45 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9634 Read show notesEpisode 13: Everyone Has Lost It!

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 Our media, our society and our politics have all gone nuts. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul examine this drift to the extremes in episode 13 of Econ Central. Also discussed: the real estate dudes fight the bankers, and why football isn’t taking off in India. Also check out: 1. Driven to Extremes. Part 1: News Television — Amit Varma. 2. Out-Arnabing Arnab — Episode 8...

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Episode 12: Gegenpressing GDP https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/9/3/episode-12-gegenpressing-gdp/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 03:39:20 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9604 Read show notesEpisode 12: Gegenpressing GDP

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 Our economy’s contracted. And Lionel Messi’s looking for someone new to contract with. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul dissect both situations in episode 12 of Econ Central. Also discussed: Amitabh Bachchan’s crocodile. Also check out: 1. Demystifying GDP — Episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Rajeswari Sengupta). 2. What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been — Episode...

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Episode 11: Congress Rebellion Revisited https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/8/27/episode-11-congress-rebellion-revisited/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 03:12:17 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9586 Read show notesEpisode 11: Congress Rebellion Revisited

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 Game theory explains the complexity of rebelling against the Gandhis — and theory has now become practice. As fires rage in the house that Congress built, Amit Varma and Vivek revisit the incentives of the players involved. Also discussed: Shaktikanta Das’s views on the stock market and why Naseeruddin Shah excused Raj Kumar’s hamming. Also check out: 1.

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Episode 10: Dhoni and India https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/8/20/episode-10-dhoni-and-india/ Thu, 20 Aug 2020 04:16:59 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9543 Read show notesEpisode 10: Dhoni and India

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 Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s career is so resonant for most Indians. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul get together in episode 10 of Econ Central to discuss how Dhoni, when he emerged, represented a new India empowered by liberalisation. He was a disruptor from a small town who led Indian cricket into a new age — but also failed to adapt when cricket changed again.

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Episode 9: Do We Need Billionaires? https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/8/13/episode-9-do-we-need-billionaires/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:58:05 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9498 Read show notesEpisode 9: Do We Need Billionaires?

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 In a world full of pain and suffering, some say that it is perverse that billionaires exist. Do we need them? Yes, we do, argue Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul in episode 9 of Econ Central. Listen in for the argument, and the caveat, because hey, there’s always a caveat. Also discussed: why the Congress Party’s actions are the opposite of their words, and how we should...

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Episode 8: Out-Arnabing Arnab https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/8/6/episode-8-out-arnabing-arnab/ Thu, 06 Aug 2020 03:41:03 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9464 Read show notesEpisode 8: Out-Arnabing Arnab

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 There is a race to the bottom in Indian media. It is rational. Its reasons are structural. The state and society must share the blame. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain why in episode 8 of Econ Central. Also discussed: public sector banks, our love for simple narratives and Raat Akeli Hai. Also check out: 1. Raat Akeli Hai — Honey Trehan. 2. ‘Does he look depressed?’...

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Episode 7: The Deep State of Real Estate https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/7/30/episode-7-the-deep-state-of-real-estate/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 18:32:30 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9409 Read show notesEpisode 7: The Deep State of Real Estate

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 The Indian real estate market is an unusual beast: there is as much politics in it as economics. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul get together in episode 7 of Econ Central to dissect its innards. Also discussed: why Joe Biden is like Rahul Roy, and MCBC gaalis reflect a toxic mindset and should be abandoned by us. Also check out: 1. The Mystery of Real Estate Prices...

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Episode 6: The Hype Around the Stock Market https://econcentral.in/episodes/2020/7/23/episode-6-the-hype-around-the-stock-market/ Thu, 23 Jul 2020 00:15:05 +0000 https://econcentral.in/?p=9375 Read show notesEpisode 6: The Hype Around the Stock Market

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 Our economy goes down, down, down. Our stock market is hyped up, up, up. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul make sense of this paradox in episode 6 of Econ Central. Also discussed: The economic principles behind good writing, the game theory behind rebellion in the Congress, and how both Amit and Vivek are enemies of Lutyens. Also check out: 1. Steve Jobs and His Black...

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