Imagine this! You just went to buy a car from a dealer. You got your specifications met and have just purchased it. You feel great while driving back. But suddenly, the car just stopped working. You get out to see what happened. To your dismay, you see there is a massive oil leak. You look around and see that the leakage area has rust written all over it. And now you feel bad. Well let me tell you, you just have become a victim of what we call in Economics, Adverse Selection.Continue reading
Hello to my lovely readers here! I hope everyone is doing well in this pandemic. Today The Antique Economist turns 1-year-old! Exactly 1 year ago I had decided to restart my blog after the previous one got taken down. I am happy to see the ever-growing support on this page. So today I have decided to do a Q&A blog. I had asked some of my Twitter friends to send me some questions to be answered, and here it is: –Continue reading
Imagine in a school there is a quiet kid who doesn’t participate much in group activities and is always minding his/ her business. But if someone decides to bully that person, then he/she would definitely stand up against the bully! That’s basically Vietnam! Vietnam has always been a country which has been described as a tourist paradise. From mountains to beaches, Vietnam has it all. But, what is the miracle? What has Vietnam experienced lately that has made the people to claim it to be the “Next Asian Miracle!”Continue reading
Imagine this, it’s a lazy Sunday evening and you just had a great dinner. Today, you have planned to watch the new Netflix series which you had postponed for quite some time. You also know that Monday is a holiday so, you decide to stay up all night and binge watch the show. By the time you have finished it, you got really curious about certain props that were used in the series and decided to buy some of that on Amazon. Well this is basically the Netflix effect. Ever thought, how does this affect our day to day consumption?Continue reading
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope y’all are having the best of the time in 2020! So, today is my last post for this year and I wanted it to be for you guys. I want to thank you all so much for supporting the blog since the beginning (in June). I don’t know how my page would do if y’all weren’t there. I really appreciate the support y’all have given to the page. Thank you all so much for liking and commenting your thoughts on the posts. You guys made this possible and for that I thank y’all from the bottom of my heart again.
So, today I have one interesting thing to share with y’all. I have recently been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by arguably two of my favorite bloggers out there. Thank you Sara, Ricatography and Keith for nominating me for the award. Do Check out their links by clicking on their name.Continue reading
I have a question for all my readers. What do you look out for while buying a new smartphone? I bet at least 50% of us will say that they look out for the price of a smartphone. This is especially prevalent in the Indian market which ranks on the higher side of price sensitivity. There is no doubt that India’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world. But, with a potential of 1.3 billion consumers, why is Apple struggling in India?Continue reading
Remember back in the day, everyone was hooked on to Gangnam style! Yeah that was 2012. But, Korean pop culture was famous even before Gangnam Style. Since 1999, South Korea had a seen huge growth potential through their cultural economy. Throughout the 2000’s South Korea experienced something known as the “Korean Wave.” The Korean Wave or the “Hallyu” was one of the major reasons behind South Korea’s cultural and economic growth. So, how did “Hallyu” help in helping South Korea’s economy?Continue reading
To all the readers here, I have only one question for you. Have you ever wondered, why you buy more than you intend to? The truth is, you are a victim of something called as up-sale. Simply put, up-sale is where the sellers encourage the consumers to buy more. What happens here is that the consumers are indirectly pressured to buy the better product. This in-turn will lead them to spend more and the producers to earn more.Continue reading
This is no longer just a virus but the survival of the fittest. There are sparking debates as to what the future will be like and how the consumers will react? It is obvious that the demand will fall due to lack of purchasing power and supply of services will be hit as enterprises remain shut. But most importantly, what decisions should businesses and government take to reduce the impact?Continue reading
Since the beginning of the pandemic most of our lives have been confined to the walls of our houses. Through out the ongoing pandemic we have seen a lot of news and videos. Consumer behavior has changed as well. This has resulted in people buying goods which they might even not need but “just to be sure,” they buy it. In simple terms people are hoarding goods which they might even not need in upcoming days. Its simply their minds playing against them.Continue reading
Since the beginning of human civilization, development of any country has taken place because of agriculture. It provides for the necessary goods required by any person for their survival. There are evidences of agricultural activities even before the Egyptian Civilization! But, still in today’s time there are disparities among countries with regards to their growth and the amounts of their trade and what not! Countries have been classified based on their level development. So, where does agriculture stand in today’s world?Continue reading
Let’s be honest, most of us reading this had travel plans during this summer, be it domestic or international. With the ongoing pandemic, all of our travel plans have now, been cancelled! People have been under lockdown for the past 4-5 months. I am a frequent traveler and for me to be locked into my home and not flying is dreadful. For months, we have been witnessing news about it in various forums like TV news and radios. Social Media has been flooded with statistics regarding the number of death tolls. Somewhere in our brains, this does cause some psychological problems.
The tourism industry is huge. Every year, international trips cost around $1.6 trillion. To put that into perspective, the amount is larger than the whole of Spain’s GDP, or at least this was the case before the pandemic. There are a lot of countries which solely depend on the tourism industry as the major source for their income. But, due to the pandemic many have lost their means of income. In April 2020, only 31 million passengers traveled all across the globe. This sort of numbers were last seen in the early 1970’s. So, will this pandemic take us back in time?Continue reading
For a long time now, the world has been fixated on the ongoing Trade-War between US and China. But you will be surprised to know about another Trade War, which has been ongoing since the Second World War. What started as a historical dispute over forced labor during the invasion has turned into a major economic and political crisis.
The brewing Trade War between these countries could become the cause for slowing down of future global growth! Potentially, this might be the reason for newer smartphones to be more expensive too. But, this one is not among the ones you are thinking right now! It’s between Japan and South Korea.
So, why are Japan and South Korea in a trade war?Continue reading
The People’s republic of China or as their people call it, “The Red Dragon” has become the manufacturing hub for many international companies in recent times. This is mainly due to availability of a huge workforce at a cheap rate. This in turn reduces the cost of production and helps the companies to earn higher profits.
Now, you might be thinking that if China is the manufacturing hub for foreign companies then why would China be interested in African nations? You see, the country is running out of its potentiality to grow by double digits. This is because China is moving from Industrializing to Industrialized. Africa on the other hand is one of the least developed areas of the world and this lack of development makes the faster growth quite easy.Continue reading
Africa, till this date, is often seen as one of the poorest continent around the world. It holds the majority of the world’s least developed countries. Many countries suffer economically due to a corrupted government! But, Africa is BIG! There are 54 countries. And not, all of it fall under the generalization. Rwanda is the perfect example of this!
One of the easiest way to compare countries is through their indicators, and Rwanda’s are impressive. It is seen that out of every 100,000 people, Rwanda has an average of 2.5 murders per year only. As a point of comparison, that’s lower than India’s 3.2 and USA’s 5.4. It’s even more impressive when we look at the kind of the neighborhood Rwanda lives in. Uganda has 11.5, Tanzania has 7, Burundi has 6 and the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) has 13.6 murders per 100,000. In addition, Rwanda is ranked as 48th least corrupt country. This might not be that perfect but it is 2nd in Africa after Botswana.
Rwanda has a life expectancy of 67. This is 4th best in Africa and is slightly below world average. What’s truly unbelievable is that 25 years ago, an average Rwandan life expectancy was just 28 years.Continue reading
Earth’s Northern hemisphere, as we all know is famous for having most of the landmass on Earth. Surprisingly, it has the only ocean whose boundary solely lies in it: The Arctic.
Many of us don’t know much about the secrets of the Arctic, the treacherous water routes and the unbearable climate. The famous Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen was the first to fly over it. Yes, this is the same guy who was the first to reach the South pole. But, Wally Herbert was the first guy to step on North Pole.
The Arctic is significantly important to us. Or is it?Continue reading
Hello fellow reader, I am Arpan from the city of joy, Kolkata. This is my first blog and today I will be introducing myself. I am an economics enthusiast who loves mixing various theorems with ongoing economic activities around the world. I am an avid reader and I love travelling!Continue Reading