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To be shot extensively in Uttar Pradesh in February Bhoomi will be the first of Legend Studios packed schedule of films to go on the floors in 2017 More from the world of Entertainment: A biopic on Sanjay Dutt is in the making and then soon after its wrap up the shoot for one of the most awaited movies Munna Bhai 3 will begin in 2018 January as per the sources For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: August 25 2014 12:00 am Related News Acquiescing to a long-pending demand of mineral-rich states the Union cabinet last week approved a hike in royalty rates for states for all major minerals other than coal lignite and sand Coming on the heels of the abolition of the Planning Commission which is to be replaced by a new institution in which the states will apparently have greater voice and the decentralisation of export promotion with the setting up of state-level boards this move is being seen as part of the Centre’s grand gesture towards strengthening federalism and states’ financial autonomy By raising mineral royalties the Centre is also tightening the alignment between the interests of states and mining companies Cairn India’s Rs 5000 crore royalty payment to the Rajasthan government for oil exploration for instance is a powerful antidote for paralysis and bureaucratic red tape After the hike the royalty payments to mineral-rich states would increase from Rs 9406 core in 2011-12 to approximately Rs 13 274 core These figures are small enough for end users to absorb the hike over a period of time The real problem for the companies particularly in iron ore and coal mines however is their inability to scale up production to respond to demand and changed cost structures Royalty on iron ore has been increased from 10 to 15 per cent but due to the Supreme Court’s regulation mines in Karnataka and Goa will be unable to increase production — output in 2009-10 was 208 million tonnes compared to 135 million tonnes the last two fiscals Coupled with increased competition from imports the stage is set for financial distress Most states have welcomed the hike But given that the total royalty received is directly proportional to production it is in their best interests to help companies scale up output remove supply bottlenecks by resolving outstanding environmental-clearance licensing and transport-link issues But states must also be circumspect in piling on more cesses — like West Bengal’s cess on mineral-bearing land And the Centre must seriously weigh the merits of the “benefit sharing clause” in the draft mining law by which royalty outgo would effectively double Mining companies are not bottomless pits of tax revenue For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: April 24 2014 3:11 am Piketty clearly recognises that there are powerful forces that can mitigate inequality Related News By:Mihir Shah Piketty’s work underscores need to address its legitimacy amid growing inequality As students of economics we are quite used to being told fairy tales The most famous one is the Invisible Hand of Adam Smith Another fairy tale not as well-known is the Kuznets Curve The name derives (rather unfairly as we shall see) from the Belarusian-American 1971 Nobel Prize winning economist Simon Kuznets So goes the tale: the natural progression of development is towards industrialisation and urbanisation Initially this leads to increased inequality in society as capitalists get richer and the influx of rural labour holds wages down But as employment opportunities grow and the flow of rural labour dries up wages rise and an equalisation tendency appears which gets stronger over time Thus if we plot inequality against time we get an inverted-U or bell-shaped curve the Kuznets Curve If this hypothesis were true it would show that the “trickle down” of the benefits of growth to all is a natural and automatic part of capitalist development In former US president John F Kennedy’s memorable phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats” The recent work of Thomas Piketty Capital in the Twenty-First Century provides the strongest demolition of the Kuznets Curve hypothesis so far Piketty’s biggest achievement is that he is able to match the monumental statistical edifice that Kuznets pioneered The publication in 1953 of Kuznets’s Shares of Upper Income Groups in Income and Savings was a truly landmark event i n the history of economics Kuznets showed that between 1913 and 1948 there was a sharp decline in income inequality in the United States His work was transparent in a manner that was unprecedented in the history of economics with every source and method revealed in the finest detail And what gave even greater credence to the Kuznets Curve was that the trend of declining inequality persisted right up to the 1970s Piketty adopts both Kuznets’s methods and his data and extends their coverage over time and space He shows that since 1980 there has been a sharp rise in inequality in the US Japan and Europe Mind you Piketty is no loony left-winger He makes it abundantly clear that he has never felt “the slightest affection or nostalgia” for the collapsed communist regimes of his youth He also unabashedly speaks of having “experienced the American dream” when he came to the US at the age of 22 So it is not ideology but the robust 200-year data he marshals that makes Piketty decisively reject the Kuznets Curve Indeed his data shows a U-curve in the trends of inequality in the advanced capitalist nations of the world — US Japan Germany France and Great Britain — the exact opposite of the Kuznets Curve Inequality grows sharply after having fallen initially for a few years The first insight Piketty provides is that there is nothing natural or automatic about declining inequality under capitalism It is the shocks of war the policies of a Keynesian welfare state and a strong labour movement that led to a decline in inequality in the 60-year period (1914-1974) that Paul Krugman has called “the great compression” These were the decades that saw the emergence of what John Kenneth Galbraith termed “countervailing power” And it is the unravelling of this balancing power and a shift towards free-market fundamentalism that led to the rise in inequality after 1980 So much so that levels of inequality in the US in the first decade of the 21st century were higher than the extreme disparities of the 1920s Of course the Kuznets Curve being projected as a natural law under capitalism owes more to the way many made an ideology out of his research than the work of the master himself And contrary to what even Piketty claims in his presidential address to the American Economic Association in 1954 “Economic Growth and Income Inequality” Kuznets is extremely cautious Given the fragility of the data he has to depend on Kuznets describes even his empirical findings as being “perilously close to guesswork” He adds: “we are at a relatively early stage in a long process of interplay among tentative summaries of evidence preliminary hypotheses and search for additional evidence that might lead to reformulation and revisions… The paper is perhaps 5 per cent empirical information and 95 per cent speculation some of it possibly tainted by wishful thinking” Kuznets provides an illuminating analysis of the factors that lead to a divergence and convergence in incomes In this analysis government policies and social and political factors are given a prime role Piketty clearly recognises that there are powerful forces that can mitigate inequality He specifically identifies diffusion of knowledge and skill as a key factor But these too depend on state policies on education access to training and skill development Much more worrisome for Piketty is the fact that there are powerful forces of divergence that exacerbate inequality even when there is sufficient investment in skills and training In recent decades especially in the US and Britain corporate CEOs appear to be able to raise their own pay (especially via stock options) almost without limit and with no apparent relation to their own productivity As Krugman has shown real wages for most US workers have virtually stagnated since the 1970s but wages for the top 1 per cent have risen 165 per cent and for the top 01 per cent have risen 362 per cent At the same time over the last 40 years the top marginal tax rate in the US has declined from 70 to 35 per cent But the biggest tax reductions have come on capital income including corporate and inheritance taxes Thus the most important engine that drives inequality up according to Piketty is the higher rate of return on capital compared to the low overall growth rate of the economy In slowly growing economies past wealth takes on a disproportionately higher importance Inherited wealth grows faster than overall output and income Further aggravating this tendency is the fact that savings rates tend to increase faster with greater wealth and that the average effective rate of return on capital is higher for those with higher initial capital endowments Finally a “Ricardian” rise in prices of oil and real estate makes the forces of divergence in incomes even stronger The power of Piketty’s work has been acknowledged across the ideological spectrum including in favourable reviews in right-wing journals such as The Economist In her recent Richard Dimbleby lecture (February 2014) Christine Lagarde managing director of the IMF states that “seven out of 10 people in the world today live in countries where inequality has increased over the past three decades… the richest 85 people in the world own the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population… In India the net worth of the billionaire community increased 12-fold in 15 years enough to eliminate absolute poverty in this country twice over” To suggest that we can now speak of a Piketty U-curve of growing inequality a new “natural law of capitalism” would in my view be a mistake But it is clear that without serious debates around Piketty’s proposal for a global progressive tax on capital based on closer international co-ordination the stability of the global economic system could be at risk with all its attendant social consequences Recent work at the IMF also suggests that in emerging economies longer growth spells are robustly associated with more equality in the distribution of income And that appropriate attention to inequality can bring significant longer-run benefits for growth Piketty’s work provides a strong theoretical and empirical basis for the need to address the social legitimacy of the capitalist system within the framework of democratic governance To repeat the last line of Kuznets’ 1954 lecture: “Effective work in this field necessarily calls for a shift from market economics to political and social economy” The writer is member? 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