The Seen and the Unseen - hosted by Amit Varma

Amit Varma

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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

Aug 14, 2017

Ep. 31: Urban Governance in India

Our cities are in a mess. They are not in such bad shape because of corrupt individuals or apathetic citizens, but because our structures of governance are all messed up. Shruti Rajagopalan joins Amit Varma to...

40 mins

Aug 07, 2017

Ep. 30: Real Estate Prices

Why do real estate prices in India not fall when demand goes down and inventory stops moving? Vivek Kaul plays economic detective to help Amit Varma solve this mystery. Check out for more epi...

23 mins

Jul 31, 2017

Ep. 29: Drug Price Controls

The government of India often fixes the prices of medicine in India so that poor people can afford them. Pavan Srinath joins Amit Varma to discuss the Unseen Effects of this, and how they can be ameliorated. C...

20 mins

Jul 24, 2017

Ep. 28: GST Revisited

In Episode 3 of The Seen and the Unseen, we had discussed GST -- the Goods and Services Tax. Now that it's actually been implemented, Vivek Kaul joins Amit Varma to discuss its Seen and Unseen Effects. Check o...

29 mins