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C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 15 May, 2018
Neo-liberal banking reform was launched in the early 1990s to address the low profitability of the public banking system and the large presence of non-performing assets. It set itself the objectives of cleaning out NPAs, recapitalising the banks and modifying banking practices to restore profitability and drastically reduce NPA volumes. This did initially have some effect. However, while the NPA ratio fell between the early 1990s and the mid-2000s, it has risen sharply since then. Moreover, while earlier priority and non-priority loans contributed equally to total NPAs, more recently, large non-priority loans to the corporate sector account for the bulk of NPAs. An analysis of these features reveals that these trends are indicative of the failure of neo-liberal banking reform in India.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 08 May, 2018
While household balance sheets are not rid of the debt accumulated in the years preceding the 2008 crisis, there are signs that purchases financed with new debt are leading to a fresh bubble in property markets.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 30 January, 2018
Indian banking today is at a tipping point. Banks are burdened with non-performing assets, incurring significant losses due to provisioning and unable to sustain credit growth, and therefore changes are both necessary and inevitable.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Thursday 14 September, 2017
A brief decline in portfolio inflows into equity markets has raised the question whether foreign investment flows into India have peaked. The evidence of investments in debt markets suggest otherwise. That, however, need not be all good news.
Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 27 June, 2017
Imperialism, explains the renowned economist – whether explicit or implicit – is about the struggle to control economic territories such as markets, workers and natural resources. From explicit colonial control, imperialism has today evolved into forms of “inter-imperialist rivalries” wherein instead of a “free market”, the state exercises its control to further the interest of capitalists, rather than common people.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 23 May, 2017
As the US reduces its role as engine of global demand, there are no signs that other economies will be able to pick up the slack. The mercantilist approach exemplified by Germany is creating net global slowdown.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 25 April, 2017
Despite the government’s efforts to digitise the Indian economy forcibly, non-cash forms of payment appear to have declined as more currency has been made available to the public. This points to major flaws in the government’s coercive approach and the underlying rationale for cashlessness.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 11 April, 2017
After four decades of financial reform China’s banking sector is still dominated by publicly owned institutions. But continuity in ownership does not mean that banking behaviour does not change.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 14 February, 2017
Post-Trump expectations of a shift back from an easy monetary policy with low interest rates to reliance on a fiscal stimulus for growth are reversing trends in global bond markets.
C.P. Chandrasekhar,Jayati Ghosh
Tuesday 17 January, 2017
Banks strapped with stressed assets are holding back on lending, dampening in the process the principal stimulus to growth in recent years. And there are no alternative routes to growth in sight.



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