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A weekly podcast hosted by Amit Varma & Vivek Kaul that demystifies economic news in India, and looks at events there through the lens of economic thinking.

Econ Central Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul

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A weekly podcast hosted by Amit Varma & Vivek Kaul that demystifies economic news in India, and looks at events there through the lens of economic thinking.

    Ep 3: Petrol, Diesel and Custodial Murder

    Ep 3: Petrol, Diesel and Custodial Murder

    Why are petrol and diesel prices rising? What can the economic way of thinking reveal about custodial murder and the rule of law? Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul get together in episode 3 of Econ Central to discuss the events of the week gone by. The Book of the Week is The Power Broker by Robert Caro. And the AMA features two outstanding questions.
     
    Also check out:
    1. Should We Be Aatma Nirbhar? -- Episode 1 of Econ Central.
    2. Green Shoots in the Desert Sand -- Episode 2 of Econ Central.
    3. India’s Economy in the Time of Covid-19 — Episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    4. The Indian Economy in 2019 — Episode 153 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    5. More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy -- Philip Coggan.
    6. Justice for Jayaraj and Bennix: Timeline of two shocking custodial deaths -- Megha Kavery for The News Minute.
    7. The Power Broker — Robert Caro.
    8. The Death and Life of Great American Cities — Jane Jacobs.
    9. Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing -- Robert Caro.
    10. Robert Caro on Amazon.
    11. Beware of the Useful Idiots -- Amit Varma.
    12. Narendra Modi Takes a Great Leap Backwards -- Amit Varma (on DeMon).
    13. DeMon, Morality and the Predatory Indian State -- Episode 85 of The Seen and the Unseen.
    14. GST episodes of The Seen and the Unseen: 1, 2, 3.
    15. Ponzi Schemes — Episode 142 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    16. Urban Planning -- an old short story by Amit Varma.

    Do also check out Vivek’s book, Bad Money, as well as Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.

    • 55 min
    Ep 2: Green Shoots in the Desert Sand

    Ep 2: Green Shoots in the Desert Sand

    What are these green shoots India's government is speaking of? Is our economy getting better? Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul give context to the hype in episode 2 of Econ Central. They also discuss the incentives of politicians in the Indo-China conflict and bust the Zero-Sum Fallacy.  
     
    Also check out:
    1. Should We Be Aatma Nirbhar? -- Episode 1 of Econ Central.
    2. India’s Economy in the Time of Covid-19 -- Episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    3. The Nuances of Lockdown -- Episode 176 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Anup Malani). 
    4. The Indian Economy in 2019 -- Episode 153 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    5. The State of Our Farmers -- Episode 86 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Gunvant Patil).
    6. India's Agriculture Crisis -- Episode 140 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Barun Mitra & Kumar Anand). 
    7. Democracy in Pakistan -- Episode 79 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Pranay Kotasthane & Hamsini Hariharan).
    8. The India-Pakistan Conflict -- Episode 11 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Srinath Raghavan).
    9. Our foreign policy is 8% growth -- Nitin Pai.
    10. The Indian Armed Forces -- Episode 175 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Lt Gen Prakash Menon).
    11. Stabilizing an Unstable Economy -- Hyman Minsky.
    12. Why Minsky Matters -- L Randall Wray.
    13. Ponzi Schemes -- Episode 142 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    14. India's Lost Decade -- Episode 116 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Puja Mehra).
    15. Profit = Philanthropy -- Amit Varma.
    16. India’s Problem is Poverty, Not Inequality -- Amit Varma.
    17. On Inequality -- Harry Frankfurt.
     
    And hey, do also check out Vivek’s book, Bad Money, as well as Amit’s online course, The Art of Clear Writing.

    • 56 min
    Ep 1: Should We Be Aatma Nirbhar?

    Ep 1: Should We Be Aatma Nirbhar?

    Should we boycott goods from China? It isn't possible, says Vivek Kaul. It isn't desirable, adds Amit Varma. Welcome to episode 1 of Econ Central, a new weekly podcast that looks at India through the lens of economic thinking. Amit and Vivek also discuss parottas, chocolate sandesh and the masterpiece Ghachar Ghochar.

    Also check out:
    1. Econ Central Kicks Off -- Preview episode of Econ Central.
    2. India's Economy in the Time of Covid-19 -- Episode 177 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul)).
    3. It’s impossible to boycott Chinese products and brands -- Vivek Kaul.
    4. Easynomics: Why companies leaving China will not come to India -- Vivek Kaul.
    5. The dangers of India’s rising tariff walls -- Vivek Kaul.
    6. Trump and Modi are Playing a Lose-Lose Game -- Amit Varma.
    7. The Great Redistribution -- Amit Varma.
    8. A trade deficit with a babysitter -- Tim Harford.
    9. I, Pencil -- Leonard Read.
    10. What is Libertarianism? -- Episode 117 of The Seen and the Unseen (w David Boaz)
    11. The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom -- David Boaz.
    12. Explained: Why parotta gets charged a higher GST than roti -- Aanchal Magazine.
    13. GST -- Episode 3 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Devangshu Datta).
    14. GST Revisited -- Episode 28 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Vivek Kaul).
    15. The Bad and Complex Tax -- Episode 74 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Shruti Rajagopalan).
    16. Ghachar Ghochar -- Vivek Shanbhag (translated by Srinath Perur). 
    17. Lists of suicide prevention helpline numbers: 1, 2, 3.

    And hey, do also check out Vivek's book, Bad Money, as well as Amit's online course, TikTok and Indian Society.

    • 54 min
    Ep 0: Econ Central Kicks Off

    Ep 0: Econ Central Kicks Off

    In the preview episode of Econ Central, hosts Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain what this new weekly show on economics will cover.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

dxtersank ,

Awesome

Amit and Vivek coming together is same like watching Hrithik and tiger in a action movie

Anuj S. ,

Dream Team

This is like Batman (Amit) & Superman (Vivek) of economics coming together! Thank you so much for doing this guys! Watch out Seen & the Unseen, you have a new rival for my most favourite podcast title!

amit1970 ,

Great start.

Listened to first episode. Liked it a lot.

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