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100 Years of Economic Development Conference

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cornell University

100 Years of Economic Development
Outline of conference and Call for Papers,
Cornell University, Spring 2021

From the end of World War I to now has been a tumultuous 100 years, during which a host of newly-independent nations began to chart out their own policies, often being guided by the emerging intellectual discipline of development economics. It is a century that straddled the Great Depression and the Great Recession, witnessed rapid globalization with the creation of multilateral organizations, and attempts at global coordination of policy. Recent decades have seen major breakthroughs in digital technology, and the rise of Big Tech, compelling us to re-think the foundations of economics and the nature of regulation. 

This conference is planned as an occasion for a stocktaking of economics and economic policymaking. We expect submission of papers from economists and social scientists from around the world, especially developing and emerging economies; and we hope to have several prominent speakers among us on the occasion.

To leave a footprint, it is hoped that the conference will result in several published works. The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization has agreed to publish a special proceedings volume in collaboration with this conference.

I am also hopeful that the conference will be an occasion for engagement with the Town and City of Ithaca, with some social and public events involving some of the citizenry beyond the university.

Full schedule and event details will be coming in the near future.

Kaushik Basu
Professor of Economics and Carl Marks Professor of International Studies,
Department of Economics and SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Conference Organizers:
Kaushik Basu
Arnab Basu

The Economics Department point of contact is Ulrike Kroeller at

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