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Revisiting economy’s direction

‘But putting growth at the center of economic policymaking is a mistake. While important, growth in the abstract is not a coherent goal or mission. Before committing to particular targets (be…

State of a rentier economy

IT is not for the first time that the country has been on the brink of a financial collapse. We have been many times in the proverbial ICU in the…

World economy

With COVID-19 unleashing devastation across the globe, around 170 countries and territories have registered over 140,000 confirmed cases as of 19 March, 2020. Many countries announced strict restrictions on immigration…

The ‘quasi’ casino economy—II

Automobile: This is the third most attractive activity of players in the ‘quasi’ casino economy in Pakistan. Relative to stock market and foreign currency it is less documented, more e-business…

Focusing on Afghan economy

SOUTH ASIA is home to 1.94 billion people of which 39 million, around two per cent, live in Afghanistan. In terms of population, Afghanistan seems to be an insignificant part…

The blue economy

The long list of ‘immediate’ economic concerns has all but overridden the fact that this outgoing year was supposed to be the ‘year of the blue economy’. So, as 2020…

Corona and the rural economy

The reported share of agriculture in Pakistan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 18.5 percent which certainly does not look impressive. But then look at it from this angle: almost two…