The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

Amit Varma

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Oct 23, 2017

Ep. 40.5: We're on a break

The Seen and the Unseen takes a one-week break for Diwali. But we have one request for you: we want your feedback on the show. Email with any comments or suggestions you might have. Check ou...

2 mins

Oct 16, 2017

Ep. 40: State of the Economy

Many of the things wrong with India's economy today are Unseen Effects of Demonetisation and the botched design of GST. Vivek Kaul join joins Amit Varma in episode 40 of The Seen and the Unseen to take stock....

39 mins

Oct 09, 2017

Ep. 39: Eating Out

Why don't Indians eat out as much as people in other countries do? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma in episode 39 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain how we landed up in an equilibrium in which our restaur...

19 mins

Oct 02, 2017

Ep. 38: Import/Export

The Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 is an example of a policy that harms those it is meant to help. Sudhanshu Neema joins Amit Varma in episode 38 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain why. Check out www.seenun...

16 mins

Sep 25, 2017

Ep. 37: Obamacare

Obamacare is almost an article of faith for elite American liberals, but it has had devastating Unseen Effects. Economist Sudhanshu Neema, who joins host Amit Varma on episode 37 of The Seen and the Unseen, bel...

25 mins

Sep 18, 2017

Ep. 36: SEZs (Special Economic Zones)

Special Economic Zones are usually set up with the best intentions: to attract businesses and create employment. But what are their Unseen Effects? Karthik Shashidhar joins host Amit Varma in episode 36 of The...

22 mins

Sep 11, 2017

Ep. 35: The Bhopal Gas Tragedies

In episode 35 of The Seen and the Unseen, economist and lawyer Shruti Rajagopalan joins host Amit Varma to explain why there were three Bhopal Gas Tragedies, and not just one. Check out for m...

34 mins

Sep 04, 2017

Ep. 34: Uber Surge Pricing

Isn't surge pricing exploitative? Shouldn't it be banned? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma to speak about the Unseen Effects of price caps. He also describes how Uber turned an illiquid market into a liquid...

26 mins

Aug 28, 2017

Ep. 33: Football Transfers

How does the football transfer market work? Why do some players command insanely high transfer fees while others get nothing? Karthik Shashidhar joins Amit Varma to demystify this particular market. Check out ...

27 mins

Aug 21, 2017

Ep. 32: Non-Performing Assets (NPAs)

Indian public sector banks have a notorious problem of non-performing assets, or NPAs. Vivek Kaul and Kumar Anand join Amit Varma to discuss the causes of this problem, and what can be done about it. Check out...

19 mins