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Asian Political Economy (81)

Research
The literature on agrarian change in India collapses women’s class relations into those of male household heads. Sirisha Naidu and Smriti Rao examine how the 2019 Indian Time Use survey could lend itself to better understand class relations by accommodating an expanded conception of work as including reproductive labor; accounting for the diversified livelihoods of rural Indians; and more accurately grasping caste and gender distinctions in differentiated labor processes with capital. Within this framework, Naidu and Rao explore methods for deepening feminist political economy analyses of agrarian change.
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In The Making of a Catastrophe, PERI researcher Jayati Ghosh describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst health calamity in India for at least a century and, in particular, how the central government’s “very specific policy failures—acts of both commission and omission—were responsible for the widespread and pronounced decline in people’s livelihoods …and caused major setbacks to the development project of the country.” Ghosh documents how the central government “did next to nothing to ensure basic protection for the hundreds of millions of people who were denied income for several months.”
Commentary

Diversity Is Development

Interview, August 2022 |

Vamsi Vakulabharanam
Commentary

The Rupee’s Decline

Essay, June 2022 |

C.P. Chandrasekhar, Jayati Ghosh
Research

Roots of the Sri Lankan Debt Trap

Research Brief, May 2022 |

C.P. Chandrasekhar, Jayati Ghosh
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