Quarantine area, during bubonic plague outbreak, Karachi, India. Photograph, 1897. Photo courtesy Wellcome Collection.
Quarantine area during a bubonic plague outbreak in Karachi, 1897. Photo courtesy Wellcome Collection. (CC BY 4.0)

Economic Policy Lessons from History

The South Asia Development Dialogues: Economic Policy Lessons from History – a collaboration of EGC, the South Asian Studies Council at the MacMillan Center, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs – convenes economists, historians, journalists, and policymakers to apply insights from history and economics to the most pressing policy issues confronting contemporary South Asia: health, the environment, inequality, gender, and education.

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Series Introduction

Hear about why Professors Rohini Pande, Director of the Yale Economic Growth Center, and Sunil Amrith, Chair of the South Asian Studies Council, started this series of dialogues. 

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Aid, Power, and Plague: Lessons from history and practice on foreign aid responses

A close look at the history of official development assistance to South Asian countries over the last century shows that aid often had as much to do with the political aims of the donor countries as the development goals of the recipients. David Engerman, Rohini Pande, and Rory Stewart discussed aid through history and in the time of Covid-19 and climate change.

Migration in crisis: Insights on Covid-19 from past pandemics

Across South Asia, migrant workers have been among those most affected by the pandemic. This has happened before. Sunil Amrith, Charity Troyer Moore, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, and Rory Stewart discussed the effects of pandemics – past and present – on migrant populations in South Asia.