Aqdas Afzal

Collapse of civilisations

Collapse of civilisations

Reconstruction after the flood will require continuous public expenditure for years. Updated 23 Sep, 2022 08:45am
Democracy and prosperity at 75

Democracy and prosperity at 75

Lack of incentives for Pakistani elites and their domination of economy has much to do with regular interruptions in democracy. Updated 19 Aug, 2022 09:03am
The default response

The default response

Even though sovereign defaults are bad news, they, surprisingly, are very common. Updated 04 Aug, 2022 09:07am
America in turmoil

America in turmoil

Civil wars are more probable in those countries where the dominant group suffers a loss of status... Published 09 Jul, 2022 07:33am
From Colombo to Islamabad

From Colombo to Islamabad

Unpopular economic decisions such as oil price increases, import controls and fuel rationing are the need of the hour. Updated 03 Jun, 2022 01:35pm
Lessons from Lanka

Lessons from Lanka

Policymakers need to examine the reasons that led to the Sri Lankan economic catastrophe. Updated 21 Apr, 2022 08:22am
The beginning of history

The beginning of history

The world seems to be re-entering a Hobbesian phase — complex, chaotic and violent. Published 28 Mar, 2022 07:06am
Old wine in new bottles

Old wine in new bottles

Following neoliberal policies has only led to pernicious declines in the exchange rate thereby making everything expensive. Updated 10 Feb, 2022 08:11am
Age of surveillance capitalism

Age of surveillance capitalism

Our tastes, habits, financial transactions and physical movements are all now monitored and available for sale by big data firms. Published 24 Dec, 2021 07:05am
A tale of two Beiruts

A tale of two Beiruts

The present economic meltdown in Lebanon is so pernicious that it has been labelled as the worst economic crisis since 1800 by the Published 19 Nov, 2021 07:23am
Rise of the machines

Rise of the machines

Technology’s application needs to be carefully regulated lest it become a force of destruction itself. Published 08 Oct, 2021 07:52am
Dire straits

Dire straits

The Afghan economy is on the verge of collapse. Published 09 Sep, 2021 09:31am
Life after IMF

Life after IMF

Some efforts have been made for reforming the IMF. Published 02 Aug, 2021 06:56am
People’s budget

People’s budget

The definition of poverty goes beyond the lack of income. Published 04 Jul, 2021 06:28am
Here comes PakCoin

Here comes PakCoin

How beneficial would launching a ‘PakCoin’ be? Published 29 Apr, 2021 06:40am
Reforming SBP?

Reforming SBP?

A blank cheque on autonomy can create problems. Published 22 Mar, 2021 07:49am
Time to demonetise?

Time to demonetise?

The negative impact on the economy notwithstanding, there are questions about how effective a demonetisation actually is. Updated 17 Feb, 2021 08:40am
Brave new world

Brave new world

Covid-19 is bringing about a reassessment of the role of markets. Published 18 Jan, 2021 07:26am
People’s vaccine

People’s vaccine

Life-saving vaccines have not always been hidden behind patents. Published 22 Nov, 2020 07:27am