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Economics of Social Choice and Bihar (3): A Peek into Land, Social Structure and Power Relations

Continuing my previous discussion of complex interaction among social choice, development and democracy in Bihar, I would be outlining how predominance of agriculture and resulting land relations among people has played a crucial role in shaping social and economic life in Bihar. 2,051 more words


The Problems of Majority Rule - by Jac Heckelman

Majority rule is often considered to be a pillar of democratic decision-making. Yet there are several problems with relying on majority rule as Jac Heckelman… 975 more words

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Mixing Economics of Social Choice and Bihar (2): Cow-belt, Bihari Identity and Caste

Taking the next step of what I have started in the last blog on examination of social choice and development experience of Bihar, here is the second part. 3,003 more words


Mixing Economics of Social Choice and Bihar: Starting with Harvard and Prof. Amartya Sen

For me, being at Harvard and not enrolling for Prof Amartya Sen classes was unthinkable. So as soon as I progressed to third semester of MPA/ID class in fall of 2010, when students could take optional courses even outside Harvard Kennedy School, I was determined to enroll for whatever Prof. 1,429 more words


The Refugee Crisis From a Social Choice Perspective

Over the last few months, we’ve been seeing an increase in media coverage of the plight of refugees and migrants trying to make the journey to Western Europe. 819 more words


Egg freezing as the latest choice in family planning

For decades, “family planning” was synonymous with contraception. The Guttmacher Institute — a prominent reproductive health think tank — stated that “controlling family timing and size can be a key to unlocking opportunities for economic success, education, and equality” for women.

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The Shapley Value: An Extremely Short Introduction

If we view economics as a method of decomposing (or unwriting) our stories about the world into the numerical and functional structures that let them create meaning, the Shapley value is perhaps the extreme limit of this approach. 4,862 more words