Shruti Rajagopalan update

Next week Dr. Shruti Rajagopalan (also an Emergent Ventures winner) will be joining Mercatus as a senior research fellow, focused on Indian political economy, property rights, and economic development.

Shruti earned her PhD from George Mason in 2013 and most recently she is an associate professor of economics at Purchase College, SUNY. She is also a fellow of the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU, and will be teaching at the newly-formed Indian School of Public Policy in New Delhi.

Welcome Shruti!

You can follow Shruti on Twitter here.


Wonderful news!
Shruti is coauthor of the EJW piece on liberalism in India:

The renewed interest in political economy is a good development. That's been our host's focus for some time; indeed, almost all of his posts at Bloomberg are under Politics and Policy. I suppose the downside of political economy is that one can't let the data take one where the data goes even when it goes where one doesn't wish to go. One might point out that the data does not provide much affirmation for the political economy that has dominated for decades, quite the opposite. Lawyers are taught to argue the facts when the facts support the lawyer's case; to argue the law if the facts don't; or to argue public policy if both the facts and the law don't. In economics, the analogue might be to argue the data when the data supports the economist's case; to question the data or offer conflicting data when the data doesn't; and to argue political economy when all else fails.

Well, she should not get too complacent. The ancien regime at Mercatus will not last forever. One assumes that when a major figure in the history of the Mercatus Center loses his health battle too, that at least some mention will be made here.

One only hopes that - she will stop assuming that Indian farmers (and Indian poor) are very innocent, ethical, right-minded people and that Indian rich, and wealthy are all crooked people who, on a 24 by 7 basis, keep thinking about new and innovative ways of exploiting Indian farmers and poor.

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