Producer Price Index (PPI) – Is It Better Than WPI??

Inflation is core of any discussion on economic & policy as the core objective of a welfare nation is to devise policies which help protect the poor. This also prompts economists to strive to find as precise a measure of inflation as possible. While India still follows WPI as the benchmark for aggregate price movement, … Continue reading Producer Price Index (PPI) – Is It Better Than WPI??
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Indian States – Analyzing Economic & Social Performance

While the central government’s finances, policies etc remain the focus of most of the discussions, it is essential to analyze the performance of individual states also as that acts as inputs to many policy initiatives. However, it goes largely unnoticed due to lack of credible data. To meet this need, RBI started releasing annual data … Continue reading Indian States – Analyzing Economic & Social Performance
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Co-operative Banks – Understanding The Structure..

RBI has been deliberating upon creating an umbrella structure to monitor and regulate co-operative banks (CBs), a long debated proposal. CBs gained lot of prominence subsequent to demonetization for being misused to turn black money into white. Even though they are much smaller in size, they play an important role in meeting the needs of … Continue reading Co-operative Banks – Understanding The Structure..
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Natural Gas Market in India – An Overview

The recent changes in oil and gas exploration & production regulations, some of which envisages going back to earlier system, indicate the challenges being faced by the sector. Natural gas production seems to be even more complex because of inability to extract gas despite high initial projections. Operational challenges get compounded by policy dilemma involving … Continue reading Natural Gas Market in India – An Overview
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Indian Imports – Where Does the Money Go??

India’s imports for April-Dec’18 period touched nearly $350 bn, an increase of 12% over previous year as per the Commerce Ministry data. This would be the second year of double digit increase in imports after stagnating/ declining for five years. India’s trade balance continues to record significant and continued deficit, largely due to imports of … Continue reading Indian Imports – Where Does the Money Go??
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Deciphering Core Sector Growth…

Core sectors recorded growth of just 1.5% for the month of Jan’19 as per the ministry of commerce data released today. While growth has come down sharply from a peak of 7.8% in June’18, it is more a result of base effect than any decline in activity. Average growth for the first ten months of … Continue reading Deciphering Core Sector Growth…
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