Ruchir Kaul is a final year student at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in India. He is a former national level swimmer. Along with Akash, he hosts Arth Unearth, a podcast which deconstructs themes from movies and TV shows to discuss the economics, politics and science behind it.
In the first episode of Arth Unearth, Sanjeet Kashyap joins hosts Akash and Ruchir to talk about the Amazon Prime Video Show Panchayat, starring Jitendra Kumar and produced by TVF.  They deconstruct a variety of fascinating branches of economics like Nudge Economics, Population Economics and Public Choice Economics. They also discuss the Govt. of India’s MGNREGA scheme, female reservations in government as well as the need of judicial and bureaucratic reforms. Follow Sanjeet on Twitter and read his article on Panchayat: Less Swaraj, More Raj. Show Notes: Employability of Engineers: National Employability Report Engineers, 2019 MGNREGA: i) Milton Friedman’s lesson of the spoons, ii) Bhagwati and Panagariya on MGNREGA and Rejoinder, iii) A response by economists defending MGNREGA Nudge: i) Definition of Nudge and Libertarian Paternalism, ii) Vipin Veetil on How Libertarian Paternalism is an Oxymoron, iii) F.A. Hayek’s The Use of Knowledge in Society, iv) Economic Survey 2018-19 on the use of Nudge  Population Economics: i) Empirical view of change in the number of children women have, ii) On Julian Simon’s Theory of Population Growth Judicial Backlog: i) Bibek Debroy on courts’ productivity and case flow management, ii) Economic Survey on ramping up capacity in lower judiciary, iii) How Singapore emerged as the arbitration hub for Indian firms Female Reservation: i) Development Alternatives Report on Women’s Participation in Local Governance ii) Sharad Joshi on his opposition to Women’s Reservation Bill Public Choice Economics and Need for Decentralization: i) Introduction to Public Choice, ii) Sanjeev Sabhlok on Bureaucratic Power, iii) Jayaprakash Narayan on More Democracy and More Decentralization iv) Politicians And Bureaucrats Don’t Want To Devolve Powers To Local Governments  Music Credits: Panchayat’s Theme Music by Anurag Saikia, Arth Unearth Theme Music: Cruise Control by Shane Ivers
In the preview episode of Arth Unearth, hosts Akash and Ruchir talk about what this show is going to be all about. Follow Arth Unearth on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to tune in when we start dropping our episodes. Theme Music: Cruise Control by Shane Ivers -
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Nov 20th, 1998
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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47 minutes, 4 seconds
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