Vatsalya Srivastava

Vatsalya Srivastava

Covering Politics, Economy and Culture

Education: University of Delhi, B.A. (Honors) Economics; Tilburg University, M.Sc., Research Master and Ph.D. Candidate in Economics | Vatsalya Srivastava has been an Assistant Professor of Economics at Jindal School of Government and Public Policy since July 2018. His research interests lie in using the tools of Microeconomics, particularly Game Theory, to develop an economic paradigm to investigate the incentives and trade-offs that underlie the social, legal and political institutions that create and maintain what Oliver Williamson called good order and workable arrangements.

The China Question: Why It Matters More Than ‘Trump vs Biden’

An acrimonious Presidential campaign in the US is entering its last leg. But irrespective of whether President Donald Trump of former Vice President Joe Biden wins the election, the question of what to do with China will entail making difficult choices.

Here’s How Steve Jobs Can Solve The ‘Trump Or Biden’ Dilemma For You

It takes a special kind of character to persevere when all around you have given up the ghost and a very high degree of competence to eventually do better than anyone expected. Churchill’s and Jobs’ lives probably offer a useful blueprint with which to judge and identify leaders. Most of us might not want either of them as a friend, but if we were in for a tough fight, we would very likely want them on our side.

Criticism, Tolerance And Trolling — The New Democracy Of Internet

The fear of coming across something undesirable or unwanted on an increasingly personalized internet is giving rise to calls to legislate decency. But trying to scare away scoundrels will create more problems than it solves. Instead, we need a new conversation about distinguishing personal from public space and the extent of individual liberties.

Economics 101: From Pandemic Management To Climate Change

The COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world. But despite the widespread devastation, this experience might help us do better in our fight against climate change.

Cultural Appropriation Of Yoga In The West — What Layla Saad’s Claim Tells Us About Our Inherent Biases

If I study and apply Einstein’s theory of relativity, am I appropriating the cultural legacy of Jews? Do I unknowingly demean Koreans when I practice Taekwondo? Does an attempt by me, an Indian born and raised, to learn Blues music, diminish the struggle of African-Americans?

Trump Or Biden — The Furor Counts More Than The Elections

A butterfly flaps its wings in the US and, some poor farmer in a distant part of the world can now send his children to school. Or maybe he loses his access to the local market. What happens in the US impacts the rest of the world, whether the effects are intentional or otherwise.

Reigniting The Free Speech Debate: In Defence Of The Right To Offend

The danger of limiting people’s right to air their views, in a world where everybody else can, might be a recipe for disaster. The rise of social media has necessitated a new conversation on free speech.

Universities Fight For Relevance Amid A Struggle To Survive: The New Terrain In Post-Pandemic Tensions

The fountainhead of the modern world, universities, have been severely impacted by the pandemic. But even as they fight to survive, existential purpose itself is increasingly being questioned by developments fast-forwarded by the ongoing crisis.

The New Terrain In Post-Pandemic Tensions: Tech Firms vs The State

Just about two years ago, whistle-blowers came forward with details of how Cambridge Analytica harvested user information from Facebook to curate personalized political advertisements.

Calling In Experts Is Not Enough To Address The Corona Fuelled Infodemic

As ‘alternative’ sources of information gain more traction, concern around false information during the pandemic is growing. Paradoxically, the increasing concern that led to increased reliance on expertise, has also led to a counter-current of distrust in experts.