Every second year, the Economics Department organizes an International Conference on Issues in Economic Theory and Policy. The objective is to encourage young faculty and researchers, who have completed or are undertaking M. Phil. / Doctoral research, to present their output before a broader audience and receive a critical feedback on their work by renowned economists.

The conference is funded by a generous endowment given by Prof. Mukul Majumdar, HT Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor in the Economics Department at Cornell University, in the memory of his late father, Prof. Nirmal Kanti Majumdar, an ex-faculty in the Political Science Department, Presidency College.

The Conference has been held in 2015 and 2017. Scholars from various parts of India (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Center for Development Studies, Delhi School of Economics, Indian Statistical Institute, Indian Institute of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Jadavpur University, Calcutta University, Shiv Nadar University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Viswa Bharati University, etc.) and from abroad (Massachusets Institute of Technology, University of Wyoming, Queensland University of Technology Business School, Brisbane) had responded to the call for papers, or given keynote / invited lectures.

Due to the large number of submissions, most of which were of a high quality, it has been decided to extend the submission by half a day. The conference will, therefore, be on 26 (Registration from 12.00 noon) and 27 (from 10.00 AM) December 2019 (Thursday & Friday).

A list of selected participants is given here.


Past plenary lectures have been given by Prof Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Prof. Pulak Ghosh (IIMB), Prof. Damodaran (IIMB) and the late Dr. Shamnad Basheer.

This year we will have three plenary lectures.

Prof. Maitresh Ghatak

Professor of Economics in London School of Economics & Fellow, British Academy

Plenary I: 26 December 2019: 1.30 - 2.30

Prof. Debraj Ray

Julius Silver Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, & Professor of Economics at New York University

Plenary II: 27 December, 2019: 10.00 - 11.00

Prof. Amartya Lahiri

Professor Economics at Vancouver School of Economics , University of British Columbia

Plenary III: 27 December, 2019: 2.15 - 3.15


Once the registration is completed, we will put up a detailed programme and post a volume of abstracts.

The programme structure is as follows:


The increased cost of extending the conference date has forced us, reluctantly, to revise our registration fees: Rs.1000 (for participants from within India) and USD 25 (for participants from within India). Both are inclusive of 18% GST. The fee covers lunches on both days, refreshment and the conference kit.

Please note that interested persons who wish to participate without presenting any paper are also welcome. They may email us at, and register using the SBI portal. The last date of registering by such participants is 17.11.2019.

Participants from within India

The State Bank of India portal for registration for participants from within India (SBI Collect) will be open from 30.09.2019 to 31.10.2019 (midnight). The receipt may be sent to us for our records.

Please click here for a powerpoint on how to pay the fees.

Participants from outside India

Participants from outside India may please directly transfer the registration amount to the following State Bank of India account.




A/C NO: 35057908697


The receipt generated should be downloaded and sent to us by email to We will send a google form requesting certain details. Kindly return this form to us for smooth conducting of the conference.


In case of joint papers, only the presenting author need to register. Co-authors may register if they want to attend the conference.

If they want to present the work jointly, that is also possible, though discouraged. Jointly presented works will be given the same time for presentation as singly presented works. The authors must divide up the allotted time between themselves.

Certificates of attendance will be given to all authors who have registered.


The full paper, if not sent already, may please be sent to us by 17.11.2019.

As mentioned earlier, we are planning to bring out an edited volume by a reputed international publsiher. Please let us know whether you will be willing to submit your paper in the edited volume.


Registration and distribution of conference kits and lunch boxes will be from Room 30 of the Economics Department. This is in the first floor of the Bakers Lab extension. This is above the Geology Department. There will be a banner to guide you.

The parallel sessions will be held in Room Numbers 21, 24, 25 and 26 of the Economics Department. This is in the first floor of the Bakers Lab extension.

First floor of Bakers Lab extension

The Plenary sessions of the Conference will be held in the P.C. Mahalonobis Auditorium. This is in the first floor of the Bakers Building in the Physics Department.

First floor of the Bakers Building in the Physics department


We regret that it will not be possible for us to provide any TA/DA or provide accommodation.

However, we will provide information on suitable places where out station participants may book lodgings. We may also assist in booking at SN Bose Guest House and Orkos Regenta, on the understanding that all payments will be made by guest.

Peerless Hotels Limited

12, J. L. Nehru Road, Kolkata-700 013

Tel: +91 33 4400 3900;

Rs.5,000 and upwards

Hotel Regenta Orkos

621, Prantik Pally, Kasba,Kolkata-700107

West Bengal, India

Tel : +91 33 6602 9999

Email :

Rs.4,000 (incl. breakfast & dinner)

S.N. Bose Institute Guest House (Bhagirathi)

JD Block, Sector III, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700098

Tel: +91-33-2335 1313/0312/3057/3061/5705/6/7/8

Single: Rs.1200 + GST

Double: Rs.600 per person + GST (depending upon demand)

Food extra at subsidized rates at canteen

Raja Guest House Pvt Ltd

8/2, Bhawani Dutta Lane, Kolkata-700 073

(Besides Presidency University)

Landline : 033-2241 3215 / 2241 3827

Mobile : +91 7596815181 / 7278117916

E-mail :

Youth Hostel,

1D Hem Dey Lane, Kolkata 700050

(adjacent to Rabindra Bharati Univeristy)

Tel: +9133-25569394 / 25579578


Rs.450, sharing basis; food extra

Landmark Hotel, EM Byepass

36F Topsia Road, Kolkata 700039

Tel: +91 9121 580 188 / 9989 877 188




Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of West Bengal and one of the largest metropolitan cities in India. Kolkata is the sub-contintent's London. Situated by the river Hoogly, it is a city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. Abject poverty mixes inexplicably with crumbling British Raj-era gems, sprawling gardens and historical colleges. Long known as the cultural capital of India, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners.

Kolkata is well connected by rail (Howrah, Sealdah, Shalimar and Kolkata) and air (Netaji Subhas International Airport.

Tourist spots include Victoria Memorial Hall, Indian Museum, Dakshinewswar Kali Temple, Pareshnath Jain temple, Belur Ramkrishna Math, Jorasanko Thakur Bari (ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore), Marble Palace, Howrah Bridge, to name a few.

Marketing at New Market and Gariahat markets is another enjoyable experience.

Eateries abound from the Chinese restaurants in China Town, heritage road side shops like Paramount (sherbet shop in College Street), Putiram (also in College Street), the 200-year old sweet shop of Nukur Nandi (in Hedua), European tea shop Flurys, confectionary at Nahouns, local food in Kasturi and Aheli, Mudhlai restaurants of Arsalan, Indian Restauarant and Royal, to top grade restaurants at Mainland China, Peter Cat, Mocambo, Marco Polo, and others.

Kolkata has a tropical wet-and-dry climate that is designated Aw under the Köppen climate classification. December is relatively pleasant—with an average high of 270C and average low of 190C.

Presidency University

The 200 year old Presidency University is situated in College Street – known for its road side book stalls and the iconic Coffee House, where intellectuals debate on socio-political and cultural issues. It is adjacent to Calcutta University Presidency University (erstwhile Hindoo College, later renamed Presidency College) is the most famous educational institute in India. Legends like C.V. Raman (Nobel Laureate in Physics), Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, Satyendra Nath Bose, Meghnad Bose, Tarak Nath Sen, and others used to teach here; students included Amartya Sen (Nobel Laureate in Economics), Satyajit Ray (film director), Subash Chandra Bose, and other well known personalities.

Address: 86/1 College Street, Kolkata 700073.

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