International Seminar on “Whither Global Capitalism?” Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 28-29 January 2012

An international seminar on ''Whither Global Capitalism?'' will be held on 28-29 January 2012 at the Convention Centre, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The proposed seminar, being organised by the International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), will have the following broad themes: The dominance of finance Dynamism in the periphery Economic integration and its impact Food and agrarian crises The programme of the seminar follows below: Saturday, 28 January 2012 Registration ( 9:30- 10:00 ) Session 1: The Dominance of Finance ( 10:00- 11:30 ) Chair: Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) Speakers: Jan Kregel (Levy Economics Institute of Bard…

International conference on ”The Global Economy in a Time of Uncertainty: Capitalist trajectories and progressive alternatives” Muttukadu, Chennai, India, 24-26 January, 2012.

Click for the Conference Report International Development Economics Associates will mark a decade of existence in 2011. This has been a period of rapid change in the global economy. The need for analytically sound and empirically grounded but creative heterodox economic thinking that IDEAs was set up to encourage and propagate has become steadily more apparent with the multiple crises in global and national economies. This is also a time when people across the world are searching with greater urgency for progressive economic alternatives to the current paradigms. To celebrate the survival and expansion of IDEAs, and to look to…

International Workshop on ‘New Directions in Financial Regulation organised by International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) and the Centre for Banking Studies, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22-26 November, 2011

IDEAs, in association with the Centre for Banking Studies (CBS) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, organised a workshop on ''New directions in financial regulation'' over 22-26 November in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The workshop will discuss some of the important proposals for regulating finance and the actual changes in laws and regulatory instruments that have been introduced in different countries in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007-08 and the Great Recession that followed. Eminent economists, central bankers and researchers who have participated in global discussions on regulatory reform will discuss the various alternatives for regulation of…

International Conference on “Reforming the Financial System: Proposals, Constraints and New Directions” Muttukadu, Chennai, India, January 25-27, 2010.

Click for the Conference Report Responses to the financial crisis were from the very beginning expected to take three directions: (i) preventing systemic failure in the financial sector by rescuing fragile institutions, especially when they are large and interconnected; (ii) stalling the real economy downturn and ensuring a recovery; and (iii) reforming the financial system to prevent the future occurrence of similar or related crisis. Few would disagree that much has been done on the first two fronts, even though there could be differences on the adequacy and appropriateness of the measures adopted in different contexts. As far as the third…

International Conference on ‘Recovery or Bubble? The Global Economy Today’, Organised by IDEAs, Gulmohar Hall, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 29-30 January 2010.

Click for the Conference Report While production and employment indicators in many countries point to stabilisation and recovery from the economic recession in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, there are debates about the economic recovery that is underway and fears of a new speculative boom on which the global recovery rides. These principally relate to the policy decisions taken in the US and many other countries in response to the financial crisis which involved easy monetary policy to save the financial system and real economy from collapse, and fiscal stimuli to trigger a recovery. There are signs of a…

Asian Regional Workshop on Free Trade Agreements: Towards inclusive Trade Policies in Post-Crisis Asia Organised by IDEAs; Good Governance for Social Development and the Environment Institute (GSEI); and International Institute for Trade and Development (ITD)

Click for the Workshop Report The trend towards regional integration in Asia that began in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis has gained greater momentum in the recent years. Until the proliferation of FTAs, regional integration in Asia was predominantly market-led because of the MNC-driven regional production networks in the manufacturing sector, and involved only the East and Southeast Asian countries. However, since the early part of this decade following the disappointments with multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO, Asian integration processes have been led by the market-friendly governments and domestic private sectors within the region, and driven by export…

Workshop on “Understanding the Nature and Implications of the Expanding Presence of India and China, with Special Reference to Asia” Organised by IDEAs and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Click for the Workshop Report The Context High and sustained growth of GDP in China and India has impacted the global economy in general and developing countries in particular in myriad ways. With regard to the impact on the developing world, the tendency to meet rapidly expanding consumption through imports has meant that developing countries are not faced only with the threat of imports from China and India, but the opportunity to export to these countries as well. Moreover, in their search for raw materials, food, energy and other intermediates to meet their rapidly increasing requirements, China and India are increasingly…

International conference on ”Re-regulating Global Finance in the Light of the Global Crisis” Organised by International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing and School of Economics, Renmin University, Beijing, 9 -12 April 2009, Beijing, China.

Supported by Ford Foundation, USA and Action Aid, UK   International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) in partnership with the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing and the School of Economics, Renmin University, Beijing, China held the conference on ''Re-regulating Global Finance in the Light of the Global Crisis'', over 9-12 April, in Beijing, China. The spread of financial crisis from developing countries in the 1990s to developed countries in the new millennium and the translation of the financial crisis into a deep real economy recession have raised the question of the adequacy of financial regulation and supervision in…

Panel Discussion on ‘New Directions in Financial Regulation’ Organised by IDEAs, WWF Auditorium, New Delhi, 7 February, 2009.

International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) organised a Panel Discussion on ‘New Directions in Financial Regulation’ in New Delhi on 7th February 2009. It was attended by a total of about 125 participants from the academia, government and the media. This Panel Discussion was held in the context of the unprecedented and still unfolding global financial crisis because of which the world economy, the developing countries in particular, are continuing to suffer. This is the time for a fundamental rethink on financial liberalization in order to reduce the systemic instability of global financial markets, which passes through into real economies across…

International conference on ”The Crisis of Neo-liberalism in India: Challenges and Alternatives” Organised by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), 13 -15, March 2009.

Programme Schedule (click to download) Introduction: The context The current global economic crisis – reflected in stock market crashes, growth slowdowns, banking crises, capital flights and large job losses – has indeed halted the march of neo-liberalism as the dominant ideology of our times. It marks the end of a phase in which finance enjoyed historically unprecedented rights and privileges in deciding economic policy. The crisis has forced Western governments to intervene, regulate, and even nationalise financial institutions. Though the process of financial liberalisation began much later in Asia than it did in Latin America, recent decades had witnessed rapid liberalisation…