The 3rd DEC 2019 on Social Institutions and the Economic Performance of Nations: A 21st Century Perspective
Since the first conference in 2015, DEC has been growing into a leading biennial conference on development economics. After the success of the 2nd DEC, held in Lincoln in 2017, we expect this year’s conference to attract a large number of established scholars as well as early career researchers and PhD students from the UK and overseas universities and institutes. Alongside the extensive conference programme featuring prominent keynote and invited speakers there will also be offered training sessions for PhD students and early career researchers.The broad theme of DEC 2019 is framed along the lines of the late Douglas North’s seminal contributions of the late last century to address issues arising out of the social and political turbulence affecting the global community in the 21st century. The conference will primarily aim to examine how these issues have been affecting the economic performance of nations at micro and macro levels.

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the call for contributed papers which will be open till April 15, 2019. The initial submission could comprise either a full paper or an extended abstract (approximately 1000 words). Contributions from all areas of development economics are welcome, especially those subsumed under the broad conference theme. More specifically we seek contributions on the economic aspects of some of the following areas subsumed under the broad conference theme:
  • Political and religious ideologies
  • Social, cultural and legal institutions
  • Class, caste and other societal hierarchy
  • Constitutions, political institutions and governance
  • Property rights, social contract and societal conflict resolution
  • Mass media, freedom of expression and the ‘power of influence’
  • Social norms, institutional constraints and the rights of the individual
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Professor Kaushik Basu
The C. Marks Professor Of International Studies And Professor Of Economics At Cornell University

Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist and Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-16). From December 2009 to July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India at the Ministry of Finance, during the United Progressive Alliance‘s second term. Till 2009 he was the Chairman of the Department of Economics. He was also the Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell during 2006-9. Earlier he was Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics – India, where in 1992 he founded the Centre for Development Economics in Delhi and was its first Executive Director.

He is also a founding member of the Madras School of Economics, India.
He is currently the President of the International Economic Association (2017-2020). He was (the fourth) President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, which was founded by the economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Kumar Sen. He has held advisory posts with the ILO, the World Bank, the Reserve Bank of India and was, for several years, member of the steering committee of the Expert Group of Development Issues set up by the Swedish Government. He has also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Exim Bank of India.

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