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The globe and the circle : geometry and economic geography as tribute to Thales and Nash (English)

The geometry of the line and the circle has been used in economics for a long time to understand location choice and political positioning in democratic polity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7819 SEP 12, 2016

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

The state of economics, the state of the world (English)

This paper, based on the introductory remarks made at the two-day conference on "The State of the Economy, the State of the World," is an idiosyncratic stocktaking of the trajectory of economics from Adam Smith to contemporary times, with special attention to the rise of development economics. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7816 SEP 12, 2016

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

Nash on a rotary : two theorems with implications for electoral politics (English)

The paper provides a complete characterization of Nash equilibria for games in which n candidates choose a strategy in the form of a platform, each from a circle of feasible platforms, with the aim of maximizing the stretch of the circle from where the candidate’s platform will receive support from the voters. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7701 JUN 08, 2016

Basu,Kaushik; Mitra,Tapan Disclosed

Markets and manipulation : time for a paradigm shift ? (English)

There is a growing appreciation in economics that people have emotional vulnerabilities, commitments to social norms, and systematic irrationalities, which impact their decision making and choice in the marketplace. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7653 APR 27, 2016

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

Globalization of labor markets and the growth prospects of nations (English)

The many and varied crises in the world economy since 2007 seem to have different origins and diverse manifestations. This paper contends that there is however a structural shift beneath the global economy that is now reaching a critical mass, and that accounts for many of these crises, despite the diversity of manifestations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7590 MAR 02, 2016

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

Discrimination as a coordination device : markets and the emergence of identity (English)

The paper develops a new theory of group discrimination in which the discrimination in favor or against certain groups is simply a coordination device. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7490 NOV 13, 2015

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

The republic of beliefs : a new approach to ‘law and economics’ (English)

The discipline of law and economics deals with wide-ranging topics, from competition and environmental policy to crime control, and has been instrumental in determining how an economy performs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7259 MAY 07, 2015

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

Development goals in an era of demographic change (English)

Chapter one examines the progress made on sustainable poverty reduction and shared prosperity, as well as the policies that are needed to make further progress. ... See More +

Publication 100530 JAN 01, 2015

Schellekens,Philip; Basu,Kaushik; Gill,Indermit S.; Kose,Ayhan; Ahmed, S. Amer; Chandra,Vandana; Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose; Dennis,Allen Curtis K.; Eigen-Zucchi,Christian; Gragnolati,Michele; Lofgren,Hans; Maliszew, Maryla; Quillin,Bryce Ramsey; Simler,Kenneth; Felsenthal,Mark Edgar; Littler,Graeme B.; Ross-Larson,Bruce C.; Vorisek,Dana Lauren; Nielsen,Lynge; Bayoumi, Tam; Duttagupta, Rupa; Nolan, Sean Disclosed

From tapering to tightening : the impact of the fed's exit on India (English)

The "tapering talk" starting on May 22, 2013, when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke first spoke of the possibility of the U.S. central bank reducing its security purchases, had a sharp negative impact on emerging markets. ... See More +

WPS7071 OCT 01, 2014

Basu,Kaushik; Eichengreen,Barry J.; Gupta,Poonam - DECOS Disclosed

Nash equilibria of games when players' preferences are quasi-transitive (English)

Much of game theory is founded on the assumption that individual players are endowed with preferences that can be represented by a real-valued utility function. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7037 SEP 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik; Pattanaik, Prasanta K. Disclosed

Ponzis : the science and mystique of a class of financial frauds (English)

Ponzis are among the most ubiquitous and least understood phenomena of economic life. They acquired a certain salience with the global financial crisis of 2008 and the crash of Bernie Madoff’s celebrated Ponzi scheme. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6967 JUL 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik Disclosed

Asymmetric punishment as an instrument of corruption control (English)

The control of bribery is a policy objective in many developing countries. It has been argued that asymmetric punishments could reduce bribery by incentivizing whistle-blowing. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6933 JUN 01, 2014

Basu, Karna; Basu, Kaushik; Cordella, Tito Disclosed

Fiscal policy as an instrument of investment and growth (English)

This paper investigates the role of fiscal guarantees in promoting infrastructure investment. Infrastructure is a critical driver of economic growth, but infrastructure entails significant up-front costs that yield benefits after a time lag. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6850 MAY 01, 2014

Basu, Kaushik Disclosed

Too small to regulate (English)

The paper argues that to achieve compliance of firms with regulations such as product quality or environmental or health standards it is better to have industries with a few large corporations than numerous small firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6860 MAY 01, 2014

Basu,Kaushik; Dixit,Avinash K. Disclosed

The method of randomization and the role of reasoned intuition (English)

The method of randomization has been a major driver in the recent rise to prominence of empirical development economics. It has helped uncover patterns and facts that had earlier escaped attention. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6722 DEC 01, 2013

Basu,Kaushik Disclosed

Capital for the future : saving and investment in an interdependent world (Chinese)

The aim of this edition of global development horizons is to build scenarios for the global economy over, roughly, the next two decades, with special focus given to saving and investment. ... See More +

Publication 77743 NOV 05, 2013

Basu,Kaushik; Bussolo,Maurizio; Dailami,Mansoor; Timmer,Hans Disclosed

Shared prosperity and the mitigation of poverty : in practice and in precept (English)

The World Bank Group recently adopted two overarching goals -- the end of extreme, chronic poverty in the world by 2030 and the promotion of shared prosperity in every society. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6700 NOV 01, 2013

Basu, Kaushik Disclosed

Sovereign ratings in the post-crisis world : an analysis of actual, shadow and relative risk ratings (English)

This paper analyzes the evolution of sovereign credit ratings in the wake of the global financial crisis by studying changes in actual, shadow, and relative ratings between 2008 and 2012. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6641 OCT 01, 2013

Basu, Kaushik; De, Supriyo; Ratha, Dilip; Timmer, Hans Disclosed

When competition corrupts : a theoretical analysis of market structure and the incidence of corruption (English)

The paper develops a simple model to demonstrate that, paradoxically, greater competition may exacerbate the problem of corruption. Market participants engaging in corrupt practices enjoy lower production costs -- maybe because they pay a bribe to avoid installing the environmental safeguards required by law -- such that honest players are driven out of the market when the market becomes sufficiently competitive. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6596 SEP 01, 2013

Basu, Kaushik; McGavock, Tamara; Zhang, Boyang Disclosed

The art of currency manipulation : how to profiteer by deliberately distorting exchange rates (English)

A frequent charge in foreign exchange markets in developing countries is that of manipulators being at work. Since to buy is to raise prices and to sell is to lower prices, the question that naturally arises is whether the widespread charge of market manipulation is valid. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6608 SEP 01, 2013

Basu, Kaushik Disclosed

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The globe and the circle : geometry and economic geography as tribute to Thales and Nash (English)
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SEP 12, 2016 WPS7819 Policy Research Working Paper
The state of economics, the state of the world (English)
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SEP 12, 2016 WPS7816 Policy Research Working Paper
Nash on a rotary : two theorems with implications for electoral politics (English)
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JUN 08, 2016 WPS7701 Policy Research Working Paper
Markets and manipulation : time for a paradigm shift ? (English)
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APR 27, 2016 WPS7653 Policy Research Working Paper
Globalization of labor markets and the growth prospects of nations (English)
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MAR 02, 2016 WPS7590 Policy Research Working Paper
Discrimination as a coordination device : markets and the emergence of identity (English)
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NOV 13, 2015 WPS7490 Policy Research Working Paper
The republic of beliefs : a new approach to ‘law and economics’ (English)
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MAY 07, 2015 WPS7259 Policy Research Working Paper
Development goals in an era of demographic change (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 100530 Publication
From tapering to tightening : the impact of the fed's exit on India (English)
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OCT 01, 2014 WPS7071
Nash equilibria of games when players' preferences are quasi-transitive (English)
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SEP 01, 2014 WPS7037 Policy Research Working Paper
Ponzis : the science and mystique of a class of financial frauds (English)
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JUL 01, 2014 WPS6967 Policy Research Working Paper
Asymmetric punishment as an instrument of corruption control (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6933 Policy Research Working Paper
Fiscal policy as an instrument of investment and growth (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6850 Policy Research Working Paper
Too small to regulate (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6860 Policy Research Working Paper
The method of randomization and the role of reasoned intuition (English)
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DEC 01, 2013 WPS6722 Policy Research Working Paper
Capital for the future : saving and investment in an interdependent world (Chinese)
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NOV 05, 2013 77743 Publication
Shared prosperity and the mitigation of poverty : in practice and in precept (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6700 Policy Research Working Paper
Sovereign ratings in the post-crisis world : an analysis of actual, shadow and relative risk ratings (English)
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OCT 01, 2013 WPS6641 Policy Research Working Paper
When competition corrupts : a theoretical analysis of market structure and the incidence of corruption (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6596 Policy Research Working Paper
The art of currency manipulation : how to profiteer by deliberately distorting exchange rates (English)
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SEP 01, 2013 WPS6608 Policy Research Working Paper