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The Contradictions of Austerity: The socio-economic costs of the neoliberal Baltic model

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The BRICS Bank

The announcement of a BRICS development bank in the context of the ongoing global economic turmoil assumes a specila significance. Some perceive it as an alternative to the already discredited World Bank with its North Centric leadership resulting in a dogmatic imposition of neo-liberal conditionalities on the indebted South; many assume this as a watershed, signaling the shift in global economic governance from the traditional powerhouses of the North to the newly emerging powerhouses of the South; while others perceive it as a tool to be used by the member countries to increase their influence in their respective Southern pockets.
  
This section includes articles analysing the emergence of BRICS Development Bank and its possible implications for global economic governance, regional impact of the BRICS nations, and other repercussions.

    
Banking with a Difference 
C.P. Chandrasekhar 
 (August 12, 2014)
   
The BRICS Bank 

Prabhat Patnaik (July 31, 2014)
   
BRICS Gains Currency in Brazil
Biswajit Dhar (July 25, 2014)
    

The BRICS Bank: Part of a new financial architecture (2)  
(Oscar Ugarteche (July 25, 2014)
    
The BRICS Bank: Part of a new financial architecture (1)  
Oscar Ugarteche (July 25, 2014)
    

Using the Potential of BRICS Financial Co-operation
 
Jayati Ghosh (April 9, 2012)
 

Featured Articles
Responding to the Unemployment Challenge: A job guarantee proposal for Greece
Rania Antonopoulos, Sofia Adam, Kijong Kim, Thomas Masterson, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

This report, by the Levy Institute and INE-GSEE, presents research based evidence of the macroeconomic and employment effects of a large-scale direct job creation intervention.

 
Minsky and Dynamic Macroprudential Regulation
Jan Kregel

Minsky argued for a dynamic regulatory structure to deal with financial instability; the key is to regulate the growth of assets relative to the GDP growth for a country.

Statistics for International Trade in Banking Services: Requirements, availability and prospects
Andrew Cornford

This paper addresses the availability of statistical data for international trade in banking services, required for WTO negotiations and work on other aspects of the GATS.

 
Capitalism, Inequality and Globalization: Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"
Prabhat Patnaik

The author reviews Thomas Picketty's book and concludes that his conclusions are based on highly untenable assumptions in a theoretical framework that is already discredited.

 
Alternatives
Some Ideas on Bank Size, Structure and Remuneration
Andrew Cornford

Overview of current reform and proposals regarding bank structure and corporate form and bankers’ remuneration, with special references to Daniel Tarullo and David Shirreff.

 
Charting Ways Out of Europe's Impasse - A Policy Memorandum
WIIW

A memorandum, based on a 3-year research project, discussing possible ways out of prolonged stagnation and low growth due to recent crisis and austerity measures in EU.

 
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The Age of Microfinance: Destroying Latin American economies from the bottom up
Milford Bateman

The article argues that microfinance destroyed economic and social policy intervention and gave impetus to an adverse ‘anti-development’ trajectory in Latin America.

 
Reducing Inequality: Learning lessons for the post-2015 agenda – India case study
ERF & Save the Children, UK

Economic Research Foundation (ERF) in association with Save the Children, UK undertook this study on the impact of inequality on children in India.

 
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News Analysis
High Time to be Analytical, aware of History - And Angry
Gabriele Köhler

A belligerent development debate committed to a just global society is needed today to correct for the gross income inequality prevailing at present.

The Rise and Fall of the Global South
Prabhat Patnaik

The south that was supposedly rising is now witnessing a fall and this can be prevented only if the domestic market is expanded through egalitarian measures of redistribution.

The Argentina Debt Case
Jayati Ghosh

The recent ruling by the US Supreme Court in favour of vulture capital funds on Argentina’s debt restructuring case defies both US laws and international norms.

Locking Out Financial Regulation
C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

The proposed deal on trade in financial services that has just been exposed by Wikileaks has serious implications even for countries that are not involved in the negotiations.

The Moves towards 'De-Dollarization'
Prabhat Patnaik

The de-Dollarisation attempts by Russia via the recent trade deals with China and Iran can have major consequences, but may be difficult to sustain due to internal pressures.

Chinese Dreams
C.P. Chandrasekhar

The pursuit of the Chinese dream may become a nightmare for the majority as it involves reduction of expenditures on food subsidies and other welfare measures.

No Help from Abroad
C.P. Chandrasekhar

The author here shows that the OECD’s optimistic growth projections are questionable and the global environment confronting the new government of India is not favourable.

Shadow Banking in South-East Asia
Lim Mah-Hui

In this note the author defines shadow banking and then explains its spread and drivers as well as its benefits and risks in South-East Asia.

Rising Inequality: A global challenge
Lim Mah-Hui

The article discusses the causes and implications of rising inequality, an issue which has become a global challenge.

On the Indian General Election 2014 Results
Jayati Ghosh

India witnessed the victory of religious majoritarianism with corporate funding, and promises an authoritarian right wing State that might undermine Indian democracy.

The Offensive against Transfers to the Poor
Prabhat Patnaik

The demand by corporate magnates to roll back the relief measures for the poor is nothing but an expression of the class animosity of corporate capital towards the working poor.

The Tragedy of Soma Mine-Workers: A crime of peripheral capitalism unleashed
Erinc Yeldan

Privatisation of mining in Turkey has resulted in intentional evasion of security measures and safety standards leading to rise in tragedies like that in the Soma mines.

The Compleat Economist - Nirmal Kumar Chandra (1936-2014)
Ashok Mitra

In a tribute to Nirmal Kumar Chandra, the author says that the least that can be said, and that should be enough, is that Nirmal Kumar Chandra was the Compleat Economist.

 
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