Women’s Safety and the Public Goods Argument

The brutal gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in Delhi has provoked huge amount of public outrage and protests all over the country. Also, the ineffective and unresponsive state of the internal security apparatus in the country has come under attack from various quarters. Naturally, there has […]

 

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    Pharma Pricing Policy and the Folly of Price Control

    Last week the UPA Cabinet gave its nod to the ‘National Pharmaceutical Pricing Policy’ which is aimed at bringing down the prices of 348 essential drugs to “reasonable” levels. Going forward, in accordance with the new policy, the prices of these drugs are to be set based on their production […]

     
  • How to Think About Graft

    How to Think About Graft

    The political climate in India in recent years has been marked by a number of cases of corruption emanating from gross misuse of power, and has led to a decently popular anti-corruption movement which has now taken a political turn. In this background, it is no surprise to see that […]

     
  • Foreign Universities in India: Why Not?

    Foreign Universities in India: Why Not?

    Adiyen, a fellow writer at CRI, has recorded his misgivings about the idea of foreign universities setting up campuses in India. Adiyen’s apprehensions on the entry of foreign universities into the Indian market look to me to be unnecessary on various counts, which I would like to elaborate on. Here […]

     
  • The Coalgate Scandal: A Free-Market Take

    The Coalgate Scandal: A Free-Market Take

    The present policy of coalmine allocation was adopted way back in 1993, when the government of the day decided to allocate coal blocks, deemed as “national resources,” to private industries according to the discretion of the Coal Screening Committee. The aim of the policy change was to aid cheap production […]

     
  • How (Not) to Make Healthcare Affordable

    How (Not) to Make Healthcare Affordable

    The market for healthcare is similar to the market for any other product, that is, in the sense that it is the basic laws of supply and demand that determine prices in both cases. If so be the case, the only genuine way to lower the prices of healthcare is […]