Developing Economies

Two-Player Sudoku, Invented By The World Bank's New Chief Economist

Kaushik Basu wants a word with you.

Kaushik Basu wants a word with you. David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

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Three reasons Kashuik Basu, the World Bank's new chief economist, seems like an interesting guy:

1. He invented "Dui-doku," a two-player version of Sudoku.

"I have wasted a lot of time on Sudoku and so developed the game of Dui-doku to help double the wastage of time by drawing two persons at a time into it," he wrote.

2. He thinks paying bribes should be legal.

In certain circumstances, legalizing paying bribes might actually reduce corruption, Basu has argued. We wrote about this last year.

3. He has a fun, pithy Twitter feed.

"Getting a passport is such soporific work, done with a blank mind, that it rivals meditation. Wish there was a way of doing it once a week."

For More:

We talked to Basu in our podcast, India's Economy Is Booming, But Not For Everybody. Here's a list of his recent papers. Economix has a post on his World Bank appointment

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