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Annual Conference and other events

99th Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association

On : 27th - 29th December, 2016
At : Sri Venkateswara (SV) University, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
Last Date of Paper submission : 31st August, 2016

Overarching Theme: Macro Economic Performance of Indian Economy

Theme 1: Perspectives on Theoretical Issues Relating to Economic Growth, Inflation, and Saving and Investment

There has been a quantum jump in Macroeconomics from classical to Keynesian and then on to Post-Keynesian theories. True theoretical developments have helped policy immensely and most important practical implication has been what seems like the ending of the business cycles and the go-bye to likes of the Great Depression. Yet new problems have surfaced in industrialized and developing economies in the context of loosely coordinated global integration. It is in this context that perspectives on theoretical issues relating to economic growth, inflation, saving and investment gains special significance and the following sub-themes are suggestive for paper writers.

  Sub-themes :

Theme 2: Macro Economic Performance related to Revenue and Expenditure

A) Issues related to Government Revenue in India

Indian economy is highly dominated by the grey economy (i.e., the unorganized sector). A huge chunk of the government revenues get lost due to the accounting problem. Additionally, due to the enormous emergence of e-commerce in the Indian economy it is getting difficult for the government to monitor the tax calculation and tax revenue collection. Besides, the problems of black money persisted in Indian economy for long time. Presently, we are going through a big challenge in implementing the GST policy. To address the issues related to the government revenue, the following sub-themes are suggestive for paper writers.


B) Issues related to Government Spending Priorities in India

Governments play crucial role in economic development especially for developing countries. For India, government spending on education, health, and other social sectors are important for poverty alleviation and for achieving inclusive growth. Government spending is required in infrastructure sector to facilitate private investments in the economy. Agriculture sector, which provides employment to majority of people in India, is a priority area of the government to alleviate poverty and provide employment opportunities. Rural development is another priority area where government spends money. However, it is important to focus on improving the quality of government spending and stick with fiscal prudence to achieve macroeconomic stability in the long run. In this context, empirical research on government spending on priority areas can provide insights into the effectiveness of government spending. The following sub-themes will be the focus of this session:


Theme 3: Issues relating to Trade and Balance of Payments in India in the Context of Global Changes and Instability

In the past five years or so, India's exports did not cross the $300 billion mark. Indian share in global manufacturing exports was 1% in 2004 and just 1.4% a decade later in 2014. In sharp contrast China had a share of 2% way back in 1990 and it climbed up to 20% by 2014. The main change on the global arena is the emergence of China as an economic powerhouse. In addition the world economy has its own instability due to unforeseen events such as the sub-prime crisis.

For a while India was seen to be moving up rapidly on service exports; but the unseen price perhaps was the dwindling interest and loss of competitiveness in manufacturing exports. The future seems bleak on two fronts: competition is mounting on the service export front, and none seems to know/care on gaining an edge on manufacturing for the rest of the world. The time is now to address these and related challenges, and the sub-themes below reflect the position.


Theme 4: Issues Related to Financial Sector in India with a focus on Banking Finance

We are witnessing a global slowdown, as the growth in advanced economies is virtually stagnant. The recovery from the global financial crisis in the USA is modest. The emerging and developing economies have also witnessed a significant slowdown in growth. Against this backdrop, the only hope of a resurgent growth is India, which is poised to grow at 7 to 8%. To achieve India's growth potential, the banking and financial services sector has a major role to play. Though the banking and financial services sector in India has weathered many storms since the global slowdown, it has experienced the shrinkage in the balance sheets since 2011-12. The decline in credit growth reflects the slowdown in industrial growth, poor earnings growth reported by the corporate, and risk aversion on the part of banks. The recent news around the rising "Non-Performing Assets" (NPA) and instances of misgovernance have brought to the fore the risks faced by the sector. The papers should address the challenges and concerns through varied research questions related to the forward-looking challenges to the banking sector in the difficult operating environment such as risk management, asset-liability mismatches, systemic risk and sources of vulnerability, and managing profitability in the period of declining margins, dealing with the emerging challenges of crypto-currency and e-commerce, regulatory challenges, etc. Given this scenario, the following are the sub-themes:


Theme 5: Future Perspective on Indian Agriculture Growth

Agricultural sector supports 48.9 % of the population contributing approximately 14 % of GDP. It is in agricultural sector most number of poor and malnourished are there and the sector is growing even slower than the growth rate of the population. The share of GDP is much less than the share of the population causing instability. Yet another problem is the low level of irrigation which causes low productivity and high fluctuations in output and prices resulting in low levels of incomes and sometimes farmers suicides. What is the remedy?


Besides these, there will also be Panel Discussions, Memorial Lectures and a special session on 'The Economy of Andhra Pradesh'.



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One hard copy of the paper should be sent to the President Association and one hard copy along with a CD should reach the Secretary Dr. Anil Kumar Thakur, latest by 31st August, 2016, on their addresses given below. Kindly DO NOT send an e-mail of the paper.

President Association


Indian Economic Association
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Important note for the Paper Writers

  • The papers of only those authors will be considered who are members of the Indian Economic Association. Those who are not the members of the IEA, but wish to submit their papers, will have to first become members by filling the requisite form and fees, the details of which are available at the IEA website.

  • The co-authors too need to be the members of the IEA. Co-authors, who are not the members of the IEA, will automatically have their names deleted from the Paper Author(s) unless they too become the members.

  • Contributors of research papers are required to mention their E-mail ID, Phone/Mobile Number and address with PIN code along with their names and age in their covering letters. These are essential for coauthors also. This information is mandatory. It will help the editorial board to communicate to the contributors in an efficient manner.

  • The Paper Contributors are requested to also mention in their forwarding letters their Permanent Membership Number. The latest IEA's Membership Profile 2015 is also available at IEA's Website for your ready reference (in the 'conferences and events' page)

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