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…

International Conference titled ‘The Emerging Global Economy: Is there a challenge from the South?’ Organised by: IDEAs; CONICET; MINISTRY OF LABOR, Argentina and UBA , Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 24- 25, 2008.

Site: Salón de Actos The rise of progressive governments in Latin America reveals a search for alternative ways to overcome the poverty and inequality inherited from the 1990s. This search is taking place in an international scenario characterized by vertiginous technological change, increased competition, and uncertainty about the environmental sustainability of economic growth. The Doha Round multilateral trade negotiations are far from reaching an agreement that might narrow the huge asymmetries of the international trading system, inherited from the Uruguay Round. Financial globalization is under threat because of the implications of the mortgage crisis in developed countries. Meanwhile, the world economy…

International Conference titled ‘Income Distribution and Globalization Issues and Policy Challenges’ Organised by MINISTRY OF LABOR OF ARGENTINA, IDEAs, UNDP, ILO, ECLAC at Buenos Aires, September 22 - 23, 2008.

Site: Ministry of Labor of Argentina, Islas Malvinas Auditorium Argentina has experienced fast economic growth along with budgetary and trade surpluses, in recent years. As a consequence, many labor market indicators have shown a reversal of the negative trend experienced in the 1990s. Strong employment creation, steady improvement of jobs quality and lowered inequality have restored the role of employment as a factor in social inclusion and exit from poverty. Despite this successful performance, the goal of equity in income distribution still requires the implementation of additional public policies. This international conference organized by the Ministry of Labor of Argentina, in…

Conference on ‘The Value of Money in Contemporary Capitalism’ Organised by IDEAs at World Wildlife Fund Auditorium, 172 B Lodi Road, New Delhi, India, 12-13 September 2008.

International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) organised a two day conference on ‘The Value of Money in Contemporary Capitalism’ in New Delhi on 12th and 13th of September. The conference was meant to address issues around the role of money in contemporary capitalism, in both national and international contexts. The starting point was a new book by Prof. Prabhat Patnaik (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi), a renowned Marxist macroeconomist, entitled “The Value of Money” (Tulika Books and Columbia University Press 2008) which was released around the same time. This book provides a logical critique of monetarism, which has become the dominant stream of…

Workshop on ‘India, China and the World Economy’ Organised by IDEAs at Magnolia Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, 24 January, 2008.

International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) held a one day workshop on 'India, China and the World Economy' on the 24th of January, 2008 in New Delhi. The objective was to analyse the implications of the emergence of China and India as large economic powers in the Asian region for the global economy and other developing countries. Earlier activities of IDEAs had already been concerned with the questions of how to make the high growth in China and India pro-poor, better distributed and more beneficial to other developing economies. These issues became even more interesting in the context of the looming…