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Kunal Sen

Kunal Sen

Director, UNU-WIDER and Professor of Development Economics, University of Manchester
I am Director of United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Finland, and Professor of Development Economics in IDPM, the University of Manchester, UK (on leave).

Previously, I have been a member of faculty in the University of East Anglia in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, the Australian National University, and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in India.

My principal areas of research are political economy, macroeconomics, international trade, and the analysis of labour markets in developing countries.

While the principal region of my research is India, I also work on East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

How India’s economy has fared under ten years of Narendra Modi

Apr 19, 2024 06:23 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

More than 960 million Indians will head to the polls in the worlds biggest election between April 19 and early June. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is seeking a third...

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Economy

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity

Some believe that the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Europe, giving birth to a different kind of European order. That is, it appears to be driving structural shifts in the way Europe is run and organised that...

Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments

There are 8.5 million households in the UK who own a home with a residential mortgage, often with fixed interest rates from two to five years. Usually, when that mortgage deal ends, the borrower will move to another deal...

Politics

Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here?

The federal government is due to introduce legislation on Thursday to enable new caps on the number of international student places at educational institutions in Australia. These include universities, TAFEs and private...

Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think

According to many politicians and commentators, the UK is in a very sorry state. Ahead of the general election expected this year, Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to fix broken Britain. He has spoken of his vow...

Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa

Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudans democratic dreams were dashed when the countrys two most powerful strongmen opted for war....

Term limits aren’t the answer

Theres no denying that the current Congress has been one of the most chaotic in recent memory. The paralysis in 2023 and 2024 over the selection of the speaker of the House helped lead to one of Congress most unproductive...

An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November

President Joe Biden might not appear on the November 2024 presidential ballot in Ohio. Ohio law requires that presidential candidates be certified that is, the state must be notified that presidential candidates have been...

Science

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

The Mars Sample Return mission has a shaky future, and NASA is calling on private companies for backup

A critical NASA mission in the search for life beyond Earth, Mars Sample Return, is in trouble. Its budget has ballooned from US$5 billion to over $11 billion, and the sample return date may slip from the end of this...

Technology

Top 5 Reasons Why SEC's Approval Shocks the Crypto Community

The landmark acceptance of eight Spot Ethereum ETFs by the United States. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) represents a significant milestone in the evolution of cryptocurrency investment products. Influenced...

Top 2024 Memorial Day EV Deals: Savings on Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes Models

CarsDirect has compiled a list of the best Memorial Day EV deals of 2024, featuring notable savings on electric vehicles from Tesla, Kia, Ford, and Mercedes. Mercedes EQB Mercedes unveiled new lease deals for the...

ASML and TSMC Prepared to Use Kill Switch if China Invades Taiwan

ASML and TSMC have a kill switch that can remotely disable chipmaking machines if China invades Taiwan, raising global concerns over the semiconductor industrys vulnerabilities. Global Concerns Rise as ASML and TSMC...

Resolution Overturning SEC Crypto Rule Awaits Joe Biden's Decision — What's Next?

President Joe Biden has ten days to decide on H.J.Res.109 seeks to overturn the SECs crypto rule, which would impact financial institutions that deal with cryptocurrency startups. Despite House Approval, Bidens...
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