Sumit Mishra
Night time views of India and surrounding areas in 2016. Economists believe that night-time lights or night-lights data tends to correlate with economic activity. Photo: Nasa

When economists look to the sky

9 min read . 04 Sep 2017
The ambiguous stance of the UIDAI, which runs Aadhaar, and the government as a whole, on privacy issues over collection of biometric data, has not helped inspire confidence in the project. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

The economics of Aadhaar

9 min read . 31 Jul 2017
In a country like India, electronic voting machines (EVMs) could be much more welfare-enhancing than paper ballots. Photo: PTI

Why EVMs matter in India

8 min read . 03 Jul 2017
Unemployed men line up outside a soup kitchen in Depression-era Chicago in 1931. Poverty in the First World, particularly in countries such as the US, seems to have replaced inequality as the talking point across the globe. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The economics of despair

8 min read . 08 May 2017
When one sifts through the various World Happiness Reports, it is clear that the variation in well-being as measured by happiness indices is very well explained by a number of economic variables including GDP. Photo: Hindustan Times

The economics of happiness

8 min read . 07 Apr 2017
New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe. Photo: Getty Images<br />

The role of beliefs in economics

9 min read . 17 Sep 2016
Photo: iStock<br />

The economics of marriage

5 min read . 20 Aug 2016
Photo: Hindustan Times<br />

Why incentives fail

5 min read . 12 Mar 2016
Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint<br />

The economics of the MGNREGS

10 min read . 07 Feb 2016
Photo: Hindustan Times<br />
Photo: Mint<br />

Why worry about inequality in India?

10 min read . 15 Nov 2015
Photo: AP<br />