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The Pros and Cons of Privatising Gulf Healthcare

Private sector healthcare provision is increasingly prevalent in the GCC, easing the cost burden on the state. But governments cannot rely on private companies to provide for all their healthcare needs. From the 1,171-bed Al-Jahra Hospital, which is close to completion in Kuwait City, to the planned 700-bed New Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, Oman at the opposite end of the …

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Do Poor Quality Financial Disclosures Raise Cost Of Capital?

How does the quality of financial disclosures affect the cost of capital for corporate investments? The commonly held belief has been that poor quality disclosures raise capital cost. Professor Sunil Dutta’s research suggests a more nuanced relationship. Poor disclosure quality makes capital more expensive for low growth firms, but may make it cheaper for high growth firms. Professor Sunil Dutta is …

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Ranking Indian Cities: The Smart Cities Index

The newly developed Smart Cities Index provides a comprehensive framework for assessing the quality of city services for the 53 million plus cities in India across a variety of characteristics. Analysts at the ISB Punj Lloyd Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ashish Mohan and Tryambakesh Kumar Shukla reveal the journey behind the development of the Index and highlight the glaring data …

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Can Trade Save Forests?

Based on the research of Lingchao Li, Jinlong Liu, Baodong Cheng, Ashwini Chhatre, Jiayun Dong, and Wenyuan Liang Export-oriented manufacturing and service activity as well as foreign direct investment: these are the surprising ingredients of an economic trajectory that promotes forest growth in developing economies, find Professor Ashwini Chhatre and his colleagues. They also caution, however, that forest quality measures such …

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How To Prevent Your Inventor From Exiting The Firm

Will the inventor leave the firm? Professor Daniel Tzabbar argues that an inventor’s position within a firm’s social and knowledge networks affects the likelihood of an exit. Inventors who are integrated into the company’s social network may move to a new employer but are less likely to join or form a spinout. And those patent holders on whom others depend …

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Can Mutual Fund Competition Drive Returns?

Based on the research of Gerard Hoberg, Nitin Kumar and Nagpurnanand Prabhala. Though mutual funds are increasingly popular as investment vehicles, the factors that drive their returns are not fully understood. How can investors better understand how well a fund has done relative to its competition? Research by Professors Nitin Kumar, Gerard Hoberg and Nagpurnanand Prabhala answers these questions. The Indian mutual …

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Journey from Technology to Policy

V K Saraswat, Member of the NITI Aayog, was the Dean’s Speaker at the Indian School of Business in September 2017. Dr Saraswat is a Padma Bhushan awardee and Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In a career spanning over four decades, Dr Saraswat helped develop the country’s first liquid propulsion engine, Devil, as well as rocket engines such as Prithvi, …

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Access versus Innovation in Global Healthcare Markets

Access to affordable medicines and healthcare today comes with a dynamic trade-off in terms of potential disincentives for innovation tomorrow. Using theory and techniques from applied microeconomics, Professor Chirantan Chatterjee examines these trade-offs and their welfare implications in research set in United States and Indian healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. Chirantan Chatterjee is Assistant Professor in the Economics and Public Policy area …

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