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Letter to Repeal Farm Acts in India

Commentary, December 2020 |

Sripad Motiram, Sirisha Naidu, Smita Ramnarain, Smriti Rao, Vamsi Vakulabharanam

South Asian Economies in Two Imperialist Regimes Between 1950 and 2020

Working Paper, December 2020 |

Vamsi Vakulabharanam
This paper by PERI researcher Vamsi Vakulabharanam explores the evolution of post-colonial South Asian economies. He describes how dominant classes, including landed interests, private capital, and government bureaucrats in South Asia prevented a progressive economic restructuring. Crises that threatened to radically transform the existing social order were solved through an ‘imperialist fix,’ whereby the dominant classes in conjunction with the state sought external help. Imperialist countries then used the region as a ‘spatial fix’ to solve their own crises. These two processes define the mutual engagement of imperialism and South Asian economies during this period.

Unaffordable Education in the New India

Commentary, November 2020 |

Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrasekhar

Gender and Work Patterns in Indian Cities: A Socio-Spatial Analysis

Working Paper, September 2020 |

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Sripad Motiram
Using an original household survey conducted in Hyderabad and Mumbai that identifies intracity spatial coordinates of residents, PERI researcher Vamsi Vakulabharanam and Sripad Motiram present a socio-spatial analysis of gender and paid work. They show that the ease of movement through the city, allocation of care work related considerations and educational attainment are all crucial to understanding the labor force participation patterns of urban women. A gender lens identifies key facets of access and mobility characterizing urbanization in developing countries. Spatial heterogeneity of residence has very different outcomes for the labor force participation of women and men.
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