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Commentary

Pandemics and Indian Cities

Commentary, July 2020 | Vamsi Vakulabharanam, Sripad Motiram

Commentary

China Is not the Enemy - Neoliberalism Is

Jacobin

Commentary, June 2020 | Isabella Weber, Hao Qi, Zhongjin Li

>> Read article in Jacobin PERI's Isabella Weber, Zhongjin Li and Hao Qi propose that the enemy in this pandemic is not China but, instead, inequality and the logic of profit over people.
Research

Intra-City Inequalities, Neighborhoods and Economic Development

Working Paper, February 2020 | Sripad Motiram, Vamsi Vakulabharanam

How do neighborhood characteristics and social cleavages within cities influence economic development? This study by PERI economist Vamsi Vakulabharanam and Sripad Motiram addresses these questions for the Indian cities of Hyderabad and Mumbai. The study conducts an inequality decomposition exercise to show that a substantial portion of intra-city income inequality is explained by social cleavages such as classes and social groups (caste and religion). The results show both that urban inequalities are stark, and that spatial co-existence of classes and social groups (a phenomenon that the authors term as “Grayness”) is pronounced, with Grayness exerting a strong positive impact on development.
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