Investment and growth

June 6, 2013
M A Taslim
Investment and growth

More than seven decades ago a British economist Roy Harrod had advanced a theory that implied the growth rate of an economy was equal to the investment
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Posted in Economy, Investment | 1 Comment »

The logic of hartal

April 1, 2013
M A Taslim
The logic of hartal

Hartal presents an interesting, though difficult and controversial, topic for analysis by social scientists. If what the news people and the ‘media experts’ say are any guide then we must agree that hartal
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Posted in Economy, Politics | 5 Comments »

Monetary policy: The ghost of the real bills doctrine

March 6, 2013
M A Taslim
Monetary policy: The ghost of the real bills doctrine

An idea that floats around among policymakers is that if bank credit is channelled into ‘productive sectors’ it would both promote economic growth
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TICFA and GSP: A tenuous link

February 3, 2013
M A Taslim
TICFA and GSP: A tenuous link

The Ministry of Commerce has been dogged by two difficult issues during the recent past. One is the dilemma whether to sign the proposed Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (TICFA) with the USA
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Posted in Economy, RMG, Trade | 8 Comments »

Food grain production and self-sufficiency

December 30, 2012
M A Taslim
Food grain production and self-sufficiency

One of the redeeming features of our economic development during the last four decades has been the steady increase in food grain production despite all odds, both natural and man-made.
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Posted in Agriculture | 6 Comments »

Monetary policy and the economy

December 12, 2012
M A Taslim
Monetary policy and the economy

Notwithstanding how Bangladesh Bank (BB) chose to describe it — cautious, accommodative, etc. — there is little doubt that the monetary policy of the country was expansionary until about last one year.
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Posted in Economy | 1 Comment »

Grameen Bank policy and time inconsistency

September 3, 2012
M A Taslim
Grameen Bank policy and time inconsistency

It is now abundantly clear that the government is determinedly progressing toward assuming effective control of the affairs of Grameen Bank. Despite the fact that about 97 percent of the paid-up capital of Grameen Bank is subscribed by its borrowers
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Off the Mark: conditional budget

June 26, 2012
M A Taslim
Off the Mark: conditional budget

The annual budget ritual is gradually approaching the finale. Interest groups have done their work in the numerous discussion meetings and dialogues with the Finance Minister (FM).
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Posted in Economy | 4 Comments »

Banking on banks

June 19, 2012
M A Taslim
Banking on banks

Last time an AL-led government was in power it went on a spree granting licenses for the establishment of new banks. Within four years (1997-2000) it added 19 domestic private banks and four foreign banks to the 28 banks that already existed at the time.
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Off the mark: This is how you run the economy

May 1, 2012
M A Taslim
Off the mark: This is how you run the economy

The Finance Minster (FM) often says things that surprise the economics profession. Perhaps that is only because they are paying attention to the wrong things. When the FM speaks to the local media or even to his parliamentary colleagues he is essentially talking politics.
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Off the mark: Where has all the electricity gone?

April 7, 2012
M A Taslim
Off the mark: Where has all the electricity gone?

There is something very puzzling about the electricity situation in the country. The government claims to have tremendously improved the situation during the last three years.
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Posted in Power | 8 Comments »

Interest rate: Is it too high?

March 27, 2012
M A Taslim
Interest rate: Is it too high?

There seems to be some confusion about bank interest rates and interest spreads, both of which are believed to be too high. In fact, the confusion is an old one; it also dogged the policymakers during the last caretaker government.
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National saving schemes and liquidity

March 20, 2012
M A Taslim
National saving schemes and liquidity

The government has finally raised the interest rates on national savings schemes to competitive levels — a measure that it should have taken long ago.
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Balance of payments: Recent developments and implications

March 10, 2012
M A Taslim
Balance of payments: Recent developments and implications

Recent data released by Bangladesh Bank suggest that the pressure on the balance of payments has subsided somewhat. The stock of international reserves that had dipped below $9 billion
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Posted in Economy | 2 Comments »

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