== Economics and Planning Unit, ISI Delhi

Upcoming seminars

From June 2020 till further notice, all our seminars will be online (webinars). If you have not done so already, please register for these webinars in order to receive invitations, by clicking the button below: For questions, please contact our seminar coordinator Kaniskha Kacker at kkacker [at] isid.ac.in.
Our past webinars (some with recordings) have been archived here:
Title: The effects of India’s BITs termination on FDI inflows
Speaker: Elena Kotyrlo & Hryhorii Kalachyhin, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Date: Friday, 5th March 2021
Time: 3 PM
Venue: Webinar
Abstract: Do bilateral investment treaties (BIT) stimulate foreign direct investment (FDI) to a developing country? There is no clear answer to this question. At the end of the last decade, India conducted a large-scale unilateral termination of the DIS, which peaked in March 2017. We have considered the features of BITs in India, the prerequisites for revising the BIT Model, critical changes in it, and BIT mass termination specificity. Mass unilateral termination of BITs is a phenomenon that allows us to look at their effectiveness from a different perspective. BITs’ impact on FDI flows is usually considered in terms of the impact of the entry into force or the total BITs number in the country. We consider the consequences of BITs mass unilateral termination by India using the difference-in-difference (DD) method and the synthetic control method (SCM). The obtained estimates indicate that India’s BITs termination led to a significant decrease (by 61,8% per quarter on average) in attracting investment from countries with which the agreement was terminated. However, most of the decline in FDI inflows is due to the termination of the BITs with developed countries (-70.3% per quarter on average), but not with developing ones. SCM allows concluding that BITs termination did not affect Mauritius’s FDI, the largest investor to India. Using SCM, we establish no spillover effect for Singapore, the largest investor to India without BIT with India. It did not benefit from India’s BITs’ mass termination. The BITs termination negative impact on FDI volumes indicates that it is expedient for India to renegotiate BITs based on the BIT Model quickly. We also considered an alternative tool for ensuring the promotion and protection of investments – regional trade agreements (RTAs). Although RTAs can be an adequate substitute for BITs in general, this issue remains controversial since negotiations on them cover not only investments and therefore characterized by excessive duration.
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Speaker: Shefali Khanna, Harvard University
Date: Friday, 12th March 2021 (tentative)
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Speaker: Andreas Kleiner, Arizona State University
Date: Friday, 19th March 2021
Time: 10 AM
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Speaker: Prashant Bharadwaj, University of California, San Diego
Date: Thursday, 1st April, 2021 (tentative)
Time: 8.30 PM
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Speaker: Diganta Mukherjee, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Date: Friday, 2nd April, 2021
Time: 4 PM
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Speaker: Maria Petrova, Pompeu Fabra University
Date: Friday, 9th April, 2021 (tentative)
Time: 3 PM
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Speaker: Vidhya Soundarajan, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore
Date: Friday, 16th April, 2021 (tentative)
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Speaker: Taryn Dinkelman, University of Nortre Dame
Date: Friday, 23rd April, 2021 (tentative)
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Speaker: Ryan Tierney, University of Southern Denmark
Date: Friday, 30th April, 2021
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Speaker: Rossella Calvi, Rice University
Date: Friday, 7th May, 2021
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Speaker: Bertan Turhan, Iowa State University
Date: Friday, 14th May, 2021
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