Pranab Bardhan on the Indian Economy

One of my gurus at UC Berkeley was Pranab Bardhan, professor of economics. “He has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. A part of his work is in the interdisciplinary area of economics, political science, and social anthropology. He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics for 1985-2003. He was the co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance. for 1996-2007.”

Everything I know about international trade, I learnt from his lectures. He is matchless in his ability in making difficult concept accessible. It is always a pleasure to listen to him and learn. I spent some time in conversation with him last month in Berkeley. The transcript of the entire conversation I will post later. For now, here is a brief write up.
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California Fires

Fires, floods, earthquakes, riots. What’s not to like about southern California? 🙂

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That picture is from the recent fires there. In one cul-de-sac, all but one house is standing; in the other, all but one is ashes. Yehi hai ishwar ki maya, kahin dhoop and kahin chaya.

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