Ep 15: Goodbye and All That
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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. The Nothing Man -- Catherine Ryan Howard. 5. Netherland -- Joseph O'Neill. 6. The Thursday Murder Club -- Richard Osman. 7. The Bear Came Over the Mountain -- Alice Munro. 8 ..read more
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Ep 14: The Big Deal About the IPL
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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. What Cricket Can Learn From Economics (2016) — Amit Varma. 4. The Lesson From This IPL: Front-Load Your Innings (2014) -- Amit Varma. 5. The Tamasha All Purists Should Love (2018) -- Amit Varma. 6 ..read more
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Ep 13: Everyone Has Lost It!
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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 of Econ Central. 3. Breaking News about Narendra Modi's previous birth. 4. Some tweets about SSR's Covid patent and invention of Fau-G: 1, 2, 3, 4. 5. The Hype Around the Stock Market ..read more
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Ep 12: Gegenpressing GDP
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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 188 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Arvind Subramanian). 3. The Indian Economy in 2019 -- Episode 153 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul). 4. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State  ..read more
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Ep 11: Congress Rebellion Revisited
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by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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. A Game Theory Problem: Who Will Bell The Congress Cat? — Amit Varma. 2. "Someone Had to Bell The Cat": Congress Leader Who Signed Letter -- Sunil Prabhu. 3. The Hype Around the Stock Market -- Episode 6 of Econ C ..read more
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Ep 10: Dhoni and India
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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.  Also check out: 1. What Have We Done With Our Independence? -- Episode 186 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pratap Bhanu Mehta).  2. Fixing Indian Education -- Episode 185 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Karthik Mu ..read more
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Ep 9: Do We Need Billionaires?
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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 think about economic reform.   Also check out: 1. A Meditation on Form -- Amit Varma. 2. AoC's tweet, and the responses by Paul Graham and Geoffrey Miller. 3. Paul Graham's essays. 4 ..read more
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Ep 8: Out-Arnabing Arnab
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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?' -- The Times Now tweet. 3. Television Price Controls -- Episode 27 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Ashok Malik). 4. Why Are Indian News Channels so Disappointing? -- Ashok Malik. 5.  ..read more
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Ep 7: The Deep State of Real Estate
Econ Central
by Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
1y ago
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 -- Episode 30 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul). 2. India's Unreal Estate -- Vivek Kaul for Newslaundry. 3. Why car sales are falling but not realty prices -- Vivek Kaul. 4. Narendra ..read more
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Ep 0: Econ Central Kicks Off
Econ Central
by Amit Varma & Vivek Kaul
1y ago
In the preview episode of Econ Central, hosts Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain what this new weekly show on economics will cover ..read more
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