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Essays in economics And Other Cheerful Themes

Essays in economics And Other Cheerful Themes
A Dismal Scientist’s Occasional Reflections On The World Around Him

First Edition
  • S. Subramanian - National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Formerly at Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Chennai, India

August 2014 | 228 pages | SAGE India

Essays in Economics and Other Cheerful Themes is a collection of pieces on economy, polity and society, written by a social scientist over a number of years. The book addresses conceptual and empirical issues in development at both national and global levels. The philosophical bases of these issues are sought to be addressed in relatively non-technical and accessible terms.

The book also makes space for essays that deal with less solemn phenomena, such as cricket, film, the conduct of academic institutions, and the esoteric excesses of scholarly writing in the social sciences and humanities. The book is something of a professional economist’s ramble through territory that is both familiar and important to him, but undertaken in a spirit of some leisureliness which the author hopes will attract a readership beyond that, solely, of fellow-professionals.

Written primarily with the non-specialist reader in mind, these essays aim to be of interest to younger students, policy-makers, and involved and interested ‘lay’ citizens.


Introduction: A Brief Guide to the Book
Global Deprivation and Disparity
Well-being and the World Today
Global Poverty, Inequality and Aid Flows: A Rough Guide to Some Simple Justice
Domestic Deprivation and Disparity
The Status of the Child in India
Human Development and Human Rights
‘Inclusive Development’ and the Quintile Income Statistic
Polity and Society
Reprisal without Rectitude
Moral Catastrophes and Immoral Reasoning
Looking Back and Ahead
Examining the 'Creamy Layer' Principle
Headcount Poverty Comparisons
Thinking Through Justice
Are Egalitarians Really Vulnerable to the Levelling-down Objection and the Divided World Example?
Can We Possibly Subscribe to Both Liberty and Equality at One and the Same Time?
A Curmudgeon’s Complaints
Jai Ho, Jeeves! (An Advanced Sociological Analysis of Slumdog Millionaire)
Language and Representation or, More Modestly Mathematical Economics and Poverty
Writing Economics in Exactly 300 Words: Two Samples in the Tradition of J.B. Morton (‘Beachcomber’)

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