Ashima Goyal, professor IGIDR, Mumbai, is widely published in institutional and open economy macroeconomics, international finance and governance and has participated in research projects with ADB, DEA, GDN, RBI, UN ESCAP and WB. She is co-editor of a Routledge journal in Macroeconomics and International Finance, has received many fellowships, national and international awards, is active in the Indian public debate, and has served on several boards and policy committees. She has been a visiting fellow at the Economic Growth Centre, Yale University, USA, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University, USA.

The nail that lost the kingdom

Food inflation may have toppled many a state government. But this price rise cannot be blamed on rising rural wages. »

Can technology drive inclusion?

Three ways of facilitating innovation that can benefit us all. »

Does monetary policy work in India?

As food inflation raises wages and forces monetary tightening, industry is squeezed from both sides. »

Going beyond poll economics

Populism will not be enough in the new political economy. Complementary improvements in governance can win elections. »

Dealing with currency volatility

A well-planned hedging strategy should become part of Indian firms’ business plans. Incentives to hedge will certainly help. »

Defending the rupee

Any exchange rate intervention policy in India should be aimed at managing expectations without hurting domestic growth. »

Sliding rupee, sloppy methods

We should learn from experience. The only enduring defence against currency volatility lies in domestic structural reforms and reduced dependence on short-term foreign debt flows. »

Missing the wood for the trees

By seeking to clip the RBI’s wings, the FSLRC is going against global trends. »

Growth vs inflation control

Monetary tightening reduces growth more than inflation when the latter is driven primarily by food prices and supply-side factors. »

Behind the current account gap

Rising CAD levels are linked to sustained inflation, which eroded financial savings by more than the fall in investment. »
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