Manika Premsingh Global Economy Guru

Manika Premsingh is a seasoned economist with over 14 years of experience. She is the founder of Orbis Economics, which provides research on the Indian economy. She previously advised organisations like the Planning Commission, Deutsche Bank, Infosys, Economic Times and Harvard University. Manika holds a master’s degree from Delhi School of Economics.

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GST and De-stocking: Where’s the proof?

A key argument offered as an impact of GST on economic growth has been in terms of the de-stocking effect. The idea here is that as the GST was to be implemented, producers and sellers of goods decided to get rid of their excess stocks first, which were priced as per earlier tax rates, in Q1 2017-18. Only once the GST was implemented was another batch of fresh stock expected to enter the markets. 

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How Did Demonetisation Impact India?

I had delivered a talk based on the Q3, 2016-17 growth numbers to understand the impact of demonetisation on them and related questions on the drive itself. A year into the demonetisation decision, India's growth has tumbled only faster - It had come in at 6.6% in the October-December 2016 quarter, but has been at 5.6% in the two quarters that followed. While it can be argued that the real economic impact of the initiative was thus felt post Q3, 2016-17, the fact of the matter is that the impact had started becoming visible even earlier on as I argue in this post based on the talk. Appended below is the original.

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A Tale of Two Central Banks: Diverging challenges for BoE and Fed

Earlier this week, the Bank of England raised interest rates for the first time in a decade, while the US Federal Reserve kept the fed funds rate unchanged. While the latter’s policy going forward is more likely to be an increase in interest rates, there is less surety about the latter.

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RBI's Inflation Dilemma

The Reserve Bank of India’s recent monetary policy decision to keep benchmark rates unchanged in the face of rising inflationary pressures is justified, but is also jarring as India braces for recessionary conditions up ahead.

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Analysing the Indian Steel Sector

Amid the disappointing performance of the index of core industries (ICI) in July 2017, at 2.4% year on year growth, the steel industry stands out with an outlier growth of 9.2%. In fact, steel has shown a robust growth of 10.9% on average in the past 12 months, which is far higher than average ICI growth of 3.6%.

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Is the RBI too Optimistic ?

Recently, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revisited its inflation forecasts, sharply downwards amid many questions on their accuracy. It might have to do the same for its growth forecasts, though a small revision has been done already.

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