My Republica

Paras Kharel

The author is a Research Director at South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, Kathmandu

Misreading savings

Published On: September 15, 2019 02:00 AM NPT By: Paras Kharel

When the basics are not gotten right, analysis becomes wonky and the resulting policy misguided. We can then only pray for Lord Pashupatinath to come to the rescue. It is fashionable among the commentariat, the intelligentsia and the political class to sigh in despair over how little of the remittances sent home by Nepalis toiling abroad is saved. If you ask them how they know that remittance receivers do not save much, they are likely to point to either media reports or the survey such reports cite—the Third Nepal Living Standards Survey (NLSS)of 2010/11.

Migration from facts

Published On: July 31, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Paras Kharel

Importance of work-related outmigration and remittances for Nepali economy warrants setting up a credible, frequently updated database on the stock of migrants by destination

Curious case of sugar quota

Published On: October 11, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Paras Kharel

The case for sheltering sugar mills behind a quota, or a tariff, wall in order to safeguard the livelihoods of sugarcane farmers rests on shaky grounds

Trading through China

Published On: October 2, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Paras Kharel

A transit agreement with China was a long time coming. Nepal should have pursued one in the aftermath of the 1989-90 blockade by India