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Elections, institutions and statecraft: A tumultuous year for Modi in India

With the turn of the year, India has firmly entered election mode. Recent regional elections have begun to shift the political landscape, while tensions continue to simmer between the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance. How the Modi government sees out this term could set important precedents for the incoming government in May 2019.

By: Suman Bery Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 16, 2019
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The world deserves a more effective G20

As the presidency shifts from Argentina to Japan at Buenos Aires (and then to Saudi Arabia) it is worth asking why the G20 has endured this long and what it needs to remain relevant in a dramatically changed world.

By: Suman Bery Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance Date: November 29, 2018
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Global income inequality is declining – largely thanks to China and India

Income inequality among citizens of 146 continues to fall, though at a somewhat reduced pace, according to the updated Bruegel dataset. Income convergence of China and India accounts for the bulk of the decline in global income inequality from 1988-2015.

By: Zsolt Darvas Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: April 19, 2018
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India’s trade ties with the UK and EU

As EU and Indian leaders meet in Delhi, we look at the figures on trade. The UK’s place in the relationship warrants special attention. EU-India trade has more than tripled since 2000, but UK-India trade is largely static. The shift is especially noticeable for EU exports to India, where the UK share has dropped from 29% to 10%.

By: Maria Demertzis and Alexander Roth Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: October 6, 2017
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Long-term growth potential, or dead in the long run?

By linking growth with both employment and the imperative for India to hold its own with China for strategic autonomy, Prime Minister Modi has brought sustainable, high quality, inclusive economic growth to the centre of political discussion, which is where it rightfully belongs.

By: Suman Bery Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: October 5, 2017
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Engagement in a time of turbulence

The arrival of China as an increasingly significant setter of global standards may be uncomfortable for India but is near-inevitable and needs to be planned for.

By: Suman Bery Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: July 5, 2017
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Demonetisation: India’s stress test

What were the reasons for the Indian government's sudden decision to remove 86% of hard currency from circulation? Will Modi's monetary intervention achieve its stated aim of fighting corruption? And what will be the wider implications for growth?

By: Suman Bery Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 30, 2017
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Why have export-oriented units in India failed to deliver?

In 1980, the Export Oriented Unit (EOU) Scheme was launched in India to boost exports and increase production. Though a number of provisions and exemptions including both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives have been extended to the Scheme to achieve the desired goal, the performance of EOUs has been far from satisfactory, particularly in the past few years. Therefore, it is time for a relook at the EOU Scheme for export promotions in context of report on performance of EOU Scheme by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. This issue is pertinent in the context of India’s declining exports and rising trade deficit.

By: Niloptal Goswami and Pravakar Sahoo Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: October 22, 2016
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Opening of the Indian economy to foreign investors: opportunities for Europe

The latest changes in foreign direct investment norms in India have made entry and control of foreign investors in a lot of sectors easier.

By: Pravakar Sahoo Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: October 22, 2016
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Goods and services tax: Landmark tax reforms in India

The complicated tax system in India with multiple rates is one of the most difficult issues investors and industry face. The new uniform tax rate aims to attract investors as well as create lower tax burdens for manufacturing firms and final consumers in India. However, a successful implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) will require an efficient IT infrastructure and capacity building of the entire tax administration.

By: Pravakar Sahoo Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: October 7, 2016
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Can the EU-India Free Trade Agreement be revived?

India and the EU must adopt a flexible approach, and iron out differences on crucial issues, to ensure that the India-EU FTA becomes a reality.

By: Geethanjali Nataraj Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: June 27, 2016
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India must push forward with RCEP trade deal

Negotiations on a trade agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their free trade partners could have major implications for the world economy.

By: Geethanjali Nataraj Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: June 1, 2016