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Biswo Poudel

The author is an economist

Are social protection programs a liability?

Published On: September 23, 2019 01:29 AM NPT By: Biswo Poudel

Social protection programs are generally popular: they are important instruments of wealth redistribution and even if they are not considered equalizers, they are programs in the right direction.

Let women entrepreneurs rise

Published On: September 9, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Biswo Poudel

Should policy making be more nuanced to accommodate the need of evolving demographic trend in Nepal? If phrased like this, the answer is likely to be an almost unanimous ‘yes.’ And yet, policy making tends to be rigid and changing a policy takes ages. Take for example, policies regarding women entrepreneurs. In a survey of managers and owners of 622 Nepali firms conducted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) two years ago, women entrepreneurs identified access to finance and difficulty of getting customers as two top barriers to growth.

Dealing with syndicates

Published On: August 26, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Biswo Poudel

As long as the market-related inefficiencies that actually gave rise to syndicates remain, the transportation syndicates will rise again, in one form or another

Will they build it?

Published On: August 12, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Biswo Poudel

History suggests that Nepal-China railway project does not have an easy answer