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…

The ‘Economic Literacy and Budget Accountability for Governance: Leaders/Practitioners Workshop’ Organised by IDEAs in partnership with Action Aid International Gurgaon, 26 -31 January, 2008.

This workshop, held jointly with Action Aid International, was part of IDEAs’ efforts to regulate developing country finances, especially new forms of finances in accordance with broad based development needs and to make the budget process more understandable, people friendly and participatory. While Action Aid provided the larger participation and infrastructure for the event, IDEAs’ involvement included providing support in designing the workshop and in providing part of the academic input by inviting speakers from its members. The workshop aimed at enabling participants, who were largely from the civil society organizations but also academics, to deal with expanding discussions on…

International Conference on ” A Decade After: Recovery and Adjustment since the East Asian Crisis” Organised by International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), Global Sustainability and Environment Institute (GSEI), Action Aid and Focus on the Global South at Bangkok Thailand , July 12-14, 2007.

July 2007 marks the completion of a decade since the onset of the financial crises in several East Asian Countries. The crisis of 1997, whose effects are still visible, focused attention on the dangers associated with a world dominated by fluid finance. It brought home the fact that financial liberalisation can result in crises even in so-called ‘miracle economies’. In fact the crisis marked the waning of the "East Asian miracle", which could be described as the third major process in the post-war period (after the initial success of import-substituting growth and the oil price hikes of the 1970s) that…

International Conference and Workshop on ‘Policy Perspectives on Growth, Economic Structures and Poverty Reduction’ Organised by IDEAs in partnership with the Institute of Economics, at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, Beijing and the School of Economics, Renmin University, Beijing held in Beijing, China, 3-9 June, 2007

Supported by Christian Aid, UK, UNDP, India and Action Aid, China International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs) organized a three day workshop followed by a three day international conference at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The workshop was held between 3-5th June and the conference followed between the 7-9th of June, 2007. The events were organized to focus discussions on the recent economic growth witnessed in some parts of the developing world, and its impact on economic structures and thereby on income distribution and poverty reduction. The issue is particularly relevant as the recent decades have thrown up interesting dilemmas for…

International Conference in Memory of Guy Mhone on ‘Sustainable Employment Generation in Developing Countries: Current Constraints and Alternative Strategies’ Organised by IDEAs in partnership with Action Aid and Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, 25 - 27th January 2007.

The international conference in memory of Guy Mhone was organised by IDEAs in association with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi and Action Aid during 25-27 January, 2007, in the premises of Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi. The conference had noted economists conforming to the heterodox school of thought as well as many young scholars from different countries, as per the basic objective of IDEAs to give space and exposure to budding economists at an international level. The conference was structured into four sessions on the first two days and three sessions on the last day, with the last two…

International Workshop on ‘Policy Trends, Growth Patterns and Distributional Outcomes Under Globalisation’ Organised by IDEAs in collaboration with the Shanghai Administration Institute (SAI), Shanghai, China, 21- 24th August, 2006.

An international capacity building workshop on 'Policy Trends, Growth Patterns and Distributional Outcomes under Globalisation', was held between 21-24th of August, 2006, at Shanghai, China in local collaboration with the Shanghai Administrative Institute (SAI), Shanghai, China at the institute premises. The workshop was meant for young economists who are either finishing Ph.D or have finished Ph.ds, as well others concerned with development in the field of policy making and/or advocacy. The workshop covered about 45 such scholars, taking full care of all expenses. This workshop placed special emphasis on young Chinese scholars by including as many as 24 of them,…

International Conference on ‘Economic Openness and Income Inequality: Policy Options for Developing Countries in the New Millennium’ Organised by IDEAs in collaboration with the Shanghai Administration Institute (SAI), Shanghai, China, 26- 27th August, 2006.

The workshop was followed by an international conference on 'Economic Openness and Income Inequality: Policy Options for Developing Countries in the New Millennium’ during the 26th-27th of August 2006, again in local collaboration with the Shanghai Administration Institute (SAI). The conference had about 90 participants from 22 countries. Beginning by looking at global trends from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective through 5 papers presented during the first two sessions, the conference followed up with region specific sessions on the issue of income inequality and trade liberalization. The regions covered were China, Asia including India and East Asia, Latin…