Interview With Tyler Cowen

Q. You think that an artist is as much a trader as businessman, and that the making of a Bollywood movie demands as much talent as that of a Satyajit Ray movie. Many would disagree with that.

A. They should try making a good Bollywood movie. When you make a Bollywood movie, a lot of co-ordination is required. In my view, it is not less of an art than a Satyajit Ray movie. It is harder to make a commercial movie, because the audience has less patience with you.  You really have to grab their attention somehow. 

Q. Why do you think that Amartya Sen has done good work in economics, despite the fact that he underestimates the importance of corporations and capitalism in eradicating poverty?

A. I think that he grossly underestimates the importance of corporations and capitalism, but, he has done a lot of good work. His work on missing women is important. His work on development and capabilities is very important. But, when it comes to policy, I think he is often wrong. 

Read my interview with Tyler Cowen in Business Standard.

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