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Economic Theory

In February 2006, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) hosted a conference with a central focus on economic theory broadly related to the themes of equity, efficiency, and governance. This was repeated in 2007, and thereafter, the funding and organisation of the conference assumed a helpfully collaborative form with the involvement in its activities of the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada. In 2008, the conference was held at both JNU and NIPFP, as has happened again at the just-concluded 2010 conference.

Economic theory and analytical economics with a mathematical orientation do not constitute particularly salient features of teaching and research in economics in India today. It was with a view to promoting some concerted activity in these fields of study that the fi rst conference, in what has turned out to be a miniseries, was initiated. The attempt has been to encourage rigorous theoretical – and indeed, applied – work on themes of both abstract interest and contemporary relevance. A conscious effort has also been made to foster young talent: an appreciably larger proportion of participants, over time, have been constituted by scholars who have either recently completed or are still engaged in doing their doctoral research.

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