What Explains China’s Rise?

In any discussion on economic development, China invariably shows up. How did China manage an economic transformation that it now rivals even the greatest developed economy? Isn't it amazing that China did that without being a democracy? Or maybe precisely because it is an autocracy that it could do what India, the largest democracy in … Continue reading What Explains China’s Rise?

Ask Me Anything: Owl in the Plane edition

So I am back at home after wandering around in India. I flew Jet Airways between BOM and LHR, and Virgin Atlantic between LHR and IAD. Talking of Jet Airways, an owl had offered to pilot one of their 777s. An owl was waiting for pilots this morning in Boeing 777-300ER’s cockpit prior flight to … Continue reading Ask Me Anything: Owl in the Plane edition

Happy Birthday, dear Mr Charles Darwin

Today, Feb 12th, marks the birth anniversary of one of humanity's greatest innovators. Charles Darwin was born on this date in 1809. And so was another great man -- Abraham Lincoln -- born on the same day and and the same year as Darwin. Darwin was one of two people who came up with the … Continue reading Happy Birthday, dear Mr Charles Darwin