4th  Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development

December 17-18, 2008

Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi 110016

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Day 1: 17 December, Wednesday

8:30 - 9:30: Registration, Coffee/Tea

9:30 - 10:00: Welcome and Opening Remarks;

  • Official Launch of The Indian Growth and Development Review (IGDR).

10:00 - 11:15: Plenary Session: Marcus Miller (University of Warwick)

Title: Leverage and Asset Bubbles: Averting Armageddon with Chapter 11? (with Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University)

Chair: Bhaskar Dutta (University of Warwick and ISI, Delhi)

11:15 - 11:30: Tea break

11:30 - 1:15: Parallel Sessions 1:

Conference Room Seminar Room 2 Class Room 13 Class Room 14
1(a): Health
Chair: Vegard Iversen (University of Manchester and ISI, Delhi)
1(b): Experiment
Chair: Debasis Mishra (ISI, Delhi)
1(c): Economic Growth I
Chair: Alok Johri (McMaster University)
1(d): Topics in Microeconomics I
Chair: Arunava Sen (ISI, Delhi)
Peter Svedberg (IIES, Stockholm University): Why Malnutrition in Shining India Persists?

Ashlesha Datar (RAND Corporation, Santa Monica), Arkadipta Ghosh (Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton) and Neeraj Sood (RAND Corporation and NBER) : Mortality Risks, Health Endowments, and Parental Investments in Infancy: Evidence from Rural India

Richard Palmer-Jones (University of East Anglia): Have Heights of Indian Women Increased Faster than Male over the Past Half Century?


Timothy Cason (Purdue University), Pushkar Maitra (Monash University) and Lata Gangadharan (University of Melbourne): Moral Hazard and Peer Monitoring in a Laboratory Microfinance Experiment

Nisvan Erkal, Lata Gangadharan and Nikos Nikiforakis (University of Melbourne): Competition, Luck and Social Preferences: A Real-Effort Experiment

Sudeep Ghosh and Bin Srinidhi (Hong Kong Polytechnic University): Effect of Internal and Market-based Governance On Managerial Intention to Expropriate and Investor Confidence: An Experimental Investigation

Hyeok Jeong (Vanderbilt University) and Yong Kim (University of Southern California): Complementarity and Transition to Modern Economic Growth

Areendam Chanda and Eric Hillebrand (Louisiana State University): Skill Heterogeneity and Housing in a Neoclassical Growth Model

Manash Ranjan Gupta and Bidisha Chakraborty (ISI, Kolkata): Human Capital Accumulation, Environmental Quality, Taxation and Endogenous Growth


Partha Dasgupta and Sanjeev Goyal (University of Cambridge): Narrow Identities I: Group Formation and Conflict

Raja Kali, Josh McGee, Javier Reyes and Stuart Shirrell (University of Arkansas): The Architecture of Growth: Product Space, Growth Acceleration, and "Small World" Networks

Diganta Mukherjee (ICFAI Business School, Kolkata) and Rajlakshmi Mallik (NSHM Business School, Kolkata): Teaching Assessment Trade-off and Performance Related Pay in Education


1:15 - 2:30: Lunch

2:30 - 4:15: Parallel Sessions 2:

Conference Room Seminar Room 2 Class Room 13 Class Room 14
2(a): Education
Chair: Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay (ISI, Delhi)
2(b): Indian Manufacturing
Chair: Sanghamitra Das (ISI, Delhi)
2(c): Growth Experience of India
Chair: Sugata Ghosh (Brunel University)
2(d): Topics in Microeconomics II
Chair: Parikshit Ghosh (Delhi School of Economics)
Jyotsna Jalan (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata) and Rinku Murgai (World Bank, Delhi): Intergenerational Mobility in Education in India

Sripad Motiram (Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai) and Lars Osberg (Dalhousie University, Canada): Demand or Supply for Schooling in Rural India?

Shilpi Kapur and Tanika Chakraborty (Washington University, St Louis): English Language Premium: Evidence from a Policy Experiment in India


Rubiana Chamarbagwala (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Gunjan Sharma (University of Missouri): Industrial De-Licensing, Trade Liberalization, and Skill Upgrading in India

Bishwanath Goldar (Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi): Trade Liberalization and Labor Demand Elasticity in Indian Manufacturing

M. Parameswaran (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum): International Trade and R&D Investment: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms in India


Chetan Ghate (ISI, Delhi) and Stephen Wright (University of London): The "V-Factor": Distribution, Timing and Correlates of the Great Indian Growth Turnaround

Oleg Badunenko (German Institute for Economic Research) and Kiril Tochkov (Texas Christian University): The Determinants of Regional Growth and Convergence in China, India, and Russia

Robin Douhan (Uppsala University) and Andres Nordberg (Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Stockholm): Is the Elephant Stepping on its Trunk? The Problem of India's Unbalanced Growth

Gautam Bose (University of New South Wales): The Fragmentation of Reputation

Archishman Chakraborty (York University, Canada) and Rick Harbaugh (Indiana University): Clearly Biased Experts

Ratul Lahkar (Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai): The Dynamic Instability of Dispersed Price Equilibria


4:15 - 4:30: Tea break

4:30 - 6:15: Parallel Sessions 3:

Conference Room Seminar Room 2 Class Room 13 Class Room 14
3(a): Child Development and Child Labour
Chair: Rinku Murgai (World Bank, Delhi)
3(b): Empirical Issues I
Chair: Wilima Wadhwa (ISI, Delhi)

3(c): Corruption
Chair: Ajit Mishra (University of Bath)

3(d): Law and Economics
Chair: Priyodorshi Banerjee (ISI, Delhi)
Christian Helmers (University of Oxford) and Manasa Patnam (University of Cambridge): The Formation and Evolution of Childhood Skill Acquisition: Evidence From India

Marie-Claire Robitaille (University of Otago, New Zealand): Determinants of Gender Inequality in Child Mortality in India: Do Gods Matter?

Sugata Marjit (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata) and Kausik Gupta (Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata): International Capital Mobility and Child Labour

Jo Thori Lind, Karl Ove Moene and Fredrik Willumsen (University of Oslo, Norway): Opium for the Masses? Conflicts-induced Narcotics Production in Afghanistan

Siddharth Chandra and Aaron Swoboda (University of Pittsburgh): Substitution and Complementarity in Markets for Multiple Drugs in British Bengal

Daniel Guilbert and Satya Paul (University of Western Sydney): Income and Happiness: An Empirical Analysis of Adaptation and Comparison Income Effects

Sambit Bhattacharyya (Australian National University) and Roland Holder (University of Melbourne): Natural Resources, Democracy and Corruption

Sugata Ghosh and Andros Gregoriou (Brunel University, UK): The Composition of Government Spending and Growth: The Role of Corruption

Keith Blackburn (University of Manchester), Niloy Bose (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Salvatore Capasso (University of Naples): Tax Evasion, the Underground Economy and Financial Development

Ram Singh (Delhi School of Economics): On the Existence and Efficiency of Equilibria under Liability Rules

Vimal Kumar (Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Gurgaon): Production, Appropriation and the Dynamic Emergence of Property Rights

Mainak Majumdar and Meenakshi Rajeev (Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore): Parallel Trade and its Implication on the Availability of Patented Drugs: A Theoretical Approach


7:30: Conference Dinner at Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH)

Day 2: 18 December, Thursday

9:00 - 10:00: Travel Re-imbursements and Coffee/Tea

10:00 - 11:15: Plenary Session: Gerhard Glomm (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Title: On The Political Economy of Education Vouchers

Chair: Satya P. Das (ISI, Delhi)

11:15 - 11:30: Tea break

11:30 - 1:15: Parallel Sessions 4:

Conference Room Seminar Room 2 Class Room 13 Class Room 14
4(a): Empirical Issues II
Chair: Siddharth Chandra (University of Pittsburgh)
4(b): Finance and Financial Crisis
Chair: Niloy Bose (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
4(c): Economic Growth II
Chair: Chetan Ghate (ISI, Delhi)
4(d): Political Economy
Chair: Gautam Bose (University of New South Wales)
Mudit Kapoor and Shamika Ravi (Indian School of Business, Hyderabad): Effect of Interest Rate on Consumption

Ranjula Bali Swain and Maria Floro (Uppsala University): Effect of Microfinance on Vulnerability, Poverty and Risk in Low Income Households

Massimiliano Cali and Carlo Menon (London School of Economics): Does Urbanisation Affect Rural Poverty? Evidence from Indian Districts


Kee-Hong Bae (Queen's University) and Vidhan Goyal (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): Equity Market Liberalization and Corporate Governance

Marcus Miller and Lei Zhang (University of Warwick): Eastern Caution, Western Ebullience and Global Imbalances: A Brief Tale in Two Parts, with Prologue and Epilogue


Patricia Prufer (CentER, Tilburg University) and Gabriele Tondl (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration): The FDI-Growth Nexus in Latin America: the Role of Source Countries and Local Conditions

Guanyi Ben Li (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Yi Lu (University of Hong Kong): Happiness and Development: the Effect of Mental Well-being on Economic Growth

Manash Ranjan Gupta and Trishita Ray Barman (ISI, Kolkata): Health, Infrastructure, Environment and Endogenous Growth

Lakshmi Iyer (Harvard Business School) and Anandi Mani (University of Warwick): Traveling Agents: Political Change and Bureaucratic Turnover in India

Brishti Guha (Singapore Management University) and Ashok S. Guha (ISI, Delhi): Demography, Development and the Origin of Democracy: A Model with Case Studies of Archaic Athens and Maritime England


1:15 - 2:30: Lunch

2:30 - 4:15: Parallel Sessions 5:

Conference Room Seminar Room 2 Class Room 13 Class Room 14
5(a): Empirical Issues III
Chair: Pushkar Maitra (Monash University)
5(b): Labour Market
Chair: Bharat Ramaswami (ISI, Delhi)
5(c): Topics in Macroeconomics
Chair: Areendam Chanda (Louisiana State University)
5(d): Industrial Organization
Chair: Prabal Roy Choudhury (ISI, Delhi)
Amaresh Dubey (Jawharlal Nehru University), Vegard Iversen (University of Manchester and ISI, Delhi), Adriaan Kalwij (University of Utrecht), Bereket Kebede and Arjan Verschoor (University of East Anglia): Caste Dominance and Inclusive Growth: Evidence from a Panel Data set for India

Annemie Maertens (Cornell University): Understanding the Role of Social Learning, Imitation and Social Norms in BT cotton Technology Adoption Decisions in India

Gaurav Nayyar (University of Oxford): The Demand for Services in India: A Mirror Image of Engel's Law for Food?

Takashi Kurosaki (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University): Wages in Kind and Economic Development: Their Impacts on Labor Supply and Food Security of Rural Households in Developing Countries

Deepti Goel (Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai) and Kevin Lang (Boston University and NBER): The Role of Social Ties in the Job Search of Recent Immigrants

Varinder Jain (Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum): Twin Issues of Discrimination and Work-Related Insecurity: Addressing Plight of Wageworkers through Social Class Analysis

Andrew Atkenson and Ariel Burstein (University of California, Los Angeles): Innovation, Firm Dynamics, and International Trade

Keqiang Hou and Alok Johri (McMaster University, Canada): Costly vs. By-product Learning-by-Doing : A Bayesian Evaluation

Tommaso Ciarli, Andre Lorentz (Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany), Maria Savona (University of Lille 1, France) and Marco Valente (University of L'Aquila, Italy): The Effect of Consumption and Production Structure on Growth and Distribution. A Micro to Macro Model


Rohit Prasad and Varadharajan Sridhar (Management Development Institute, Gurgaon): Allocative Efficiency of the Mobile Industry in India and Its Implication for Telecom Policy

Prabal Roy Chowdhury and Debdatta Saha (ISI, Delhi): Does the Market Kill Bad Ideas? An Institutional Comparison of Committees and Markets in Network Industries

Arti Grover (Delhi School of Economics): Vertical FDI versus Outsourcing: The Role of Technological Complexity and Absorptive Capacity


4:15 - 4:30: Tea break

4:30 - 6:15: Panel Discussion on Affirmative Action:

Basudeb Chaudhuri (Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi)
Velayoudom Marimoutou
(French Institute of Pondichery)

  • Chair: Ashwini Deshpande (Delhi School of Economics)


6:15 - 6:30: Vote of Thanks

Last Updated on 12 December 2008.