NCAER hosted a conference jointly with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. This two-day conference on Trade, Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy featured research papers prepared jointly by domestic and overseas scholars on areas of key policy interest. Economists, political scientists, and policy makers, reviewed the research and discussed its impact on India. . The conference was also the backdrop for the release of a special issue of NCAER’s journal, Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research, on international trade policy, by Professor Jagdish Bhagwat.
The conference included six sessions, namely, (i) Trade, poverty and socially disadvantaged groups; (ii) Inequality and trade; (iii) Liberalization and competition; (iv) The services sector; (v) Reforms and election outcomes; and (vi) Effects of privatisation. The conference was applauded for the academic quality and richness of the papers.
The conference also included a special lecture on “Aadhar and its Role in Inclusive Growth” by Mr Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, UIDAI, India and President, NCAER, which was attended by an august audience of around 175 people, including eminent personalities from the academia, government, politics, NGOs, private sector, and media.