Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 42

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. The interest of both Masahiko Aoki and Gérard Roland in institutional economics easily shaded into comparative analysis of economic systems, including different varieties of capitalism and socialism. Since my student days I have been acutely interested in comparative systems and their…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 40

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Andreu Mas-Collel, a mathematical economist from Catalonia, came to Berkeley before I did. He was a student activist in Barcelona, was expelled from his University for activism (those were the days of Franco’s Spain), and later finished his undergraduate degree in…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 38

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Since my Chair was in International Trade, most of my teaching in Berkeley was in that field of Economics, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The undergraduate classes in Berkeley are large, and mine had sometimes more than 200 students,…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 33

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. After my several visits to Kerala, I wrote up an article, “On Life and Death Questions in India” for EPW, where I highlighted the welfare and demographic achievements of Kerala, the most advanced region in India in terms of many indicators…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 31

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. From the gatherings at Ashis Nandy’s home, and particularly from my numerous discussions with him I learned to think a bit more carefully about three major social concerns in India. One was that whenever we economists faced a socio-economic problem that…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 29

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. The Naxalite phase in Bengal was a short, tragic chapter in politics, but in Bengal’s cultural-emotional life its implications were deeper, and reflected in its literature (and films)—most poignantly yet forcefully captured by the writer Mahshweta Devi, one of Bengal’s most…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 28

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. Sometime before Ashok Rudra and I started on our large-scale data collection, I was already doing some theoretical and conceptual work on agrarian relations. My first, mainly theoretical, paper on share-cropping (jointly with TN) came out in American Economic Review in…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 27

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. At ISI one day the American economist Daniel Thorner walked into my office and engaged me in a lively conversation, with his dancing eyebrows and unbounded enthusiasm. I had, of course, read his many substantive papers in EW on Indian agriculture…

Charaiveti: Journey From India To The Two Cambridges And Berkeley And Beyond, Part 26

by Pranab Bardhan All of the articles in this series can be found here. At ISI we were assigned statistical assistants who’d take our large data analysis jobs to the IBM computer at the Planning Commission, but for relatively small jobs they’d do the calculations themselves by furiously rotating the handles of the small Facit…