The Joys of Central Planning

When central planners take the outcome away from the self-organising system of the market economy, we often get strange outcomes. At the end of June 2009, 32 foreign banks
were in India with 293 branches. In addition, 43 foreign banks were in India through `representative offices’. (Source: RBI Annual Report. Hat tip: Radhika Pandey).

In a news item today, I saw Domino’s say that they have 300 branches in India and will go up to roughly 500 in three years. With RBI giving out permissions for all foreign banks (put together) to open 18 branches in India a year, this means we’ll soon have more outlets of Domino’s in India than all foreign banks put together.

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