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Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy

Bibek Debroy is an economist and author. He is the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the prime minister. He was also a member of the NITI Aayog.

All bees are not honeybees

How many bees are there in India? India has a human census and a livestock census,

By Bibek Debroy January 31, 2021

The forgotten knights

The series The Queen’s Gambit has reportedly triggered increased interest in chess,

By Bibek Debroy January 03, 2021

The aspirational districts

The year was 1998. Airports and flights weren’t what they are now. Waiting at Delhi

By Bibek Debroy December 06, 2020

Clips on reforms

The expression “reforms” is subjective, since one person’s reform can mean conform

By Bibek Debroy November 08, 2020

Cooling all classes

Mahatma Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj was originally written in Gujarati in 1908. This

By Bibek Debroy October 11, 2020

Counting conundrum

Birth, copulation and death, wrote T.S. Eliot. Since 1969, there has been a statute

By Bibek Debroy September 13, 2020

An Indian definition of recession

The origins of chess are shrouded in mystery. We know chaturanga (a reference to

By Bibek Debroy August 16, 2020

The tangle of taxes

Should one use tax policy to address concerns about equity, tax the rich relatively

By Bibek Debroy July 19, 2020

Need a good model

Abraham Wald (1902-1950) was a mathematician, born in Hungary. Not many know that

By Bibek Debroy June 21, 2020

The identity crisis

A few weeks before Covid-19 stopped the world in its tracks, I went to visit a city

By Bibek Debroy May 24, 2020

We cook too much...

There was a recent news report about a resort in Coorg. If a guest wastes food, the

By Bibek Debroy April 26, 2020

En route to reforms

In 2014-2015, I had the good fortune to chair a committee on restructuring the

By Bibek Debroy March 29, 2020

GST matters

The Union Budget is not meant to change indirect taxes. Indirect taxes are the Goods

By Bibek Debroy February 22, 2020

A country of the young? Not really

In the 2011 Census, India had a population of almost 121.1 crore. Of this, 29.5 per

By Bibek Debroy January 25, 2020

Learning from Macaulay

Two-thirds of backlog of judicial cases are criminal cases, typically concentrated

By Bibek Debroy December 28, 2019
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