Friday, December 8, 2017

11 December 2017: Importance of Legislatures

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President

Abstract:
Given the central role of legislatures in our democracy, we at PRS Legislative Research, believe that it is important to strengthen the working of these institutions. The Vice President is at the forefront of thought leadership in strengthening legislatures. As the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, he is at the helm of strengthening parliamentary functioning and setting the roadmap for state legislatures as well. Mr. Naidu’s experience as a legislator for four decades and as the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs will be invaluable as he highlights the importance of legislative institutions.

Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Auditorium,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
Teen Murti Marg,
New Delhi-110011(INDIA)

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

11 December 2017: The Indian bankruptcy reform: A progress report

M. S. Sahoo
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India

Abstract:
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 is a watershed legislation in the economic history of the country. Coming, as it did, when the economy was struggling with mounting cases of unresolved non-performing assets, it strove to better the legal and institutional machinery dealing with debt default. Almost a year and half later, in late November, 2017, an ordinance has been promulgated addressing concerns of non compliance and misuse of the law. In this context, a stock taking of the law and its implications becomes imperative.

Discussant:
Ajay Shah, NIPFP

Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Those who are interested may please confirm your participation at bins.sebastian@nipfp.org.in

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

7 December 2017: Market failure, government failure, and the welfare of poor people

Shantayanan Devarajan
World Bank

Abstract:
In many areas of public policy, governments carve out a role for themselves in effect to overcome what are perceived as widespread market failures. Examples abound across the world of governments intervening to correct negative externalities where there is a wedge between public purpose and private interest, and the outcomes are bad, particularly for poor people with the least means to cope with poor service delivery. In India, governments often turn to command and control approaches to solving serious problems of public policy, for example air quality, essentially because of a deep distrust of more market-based approaches. Governments routinely intervene in pricing, usually on the grounds of helping the poor.

But in doing so, governments often themselves fall prey to government failure, because they do not have the capacity to implement, or they get captured, or they create vested interests (“the only thing worse than a private monopoly is a public monopoly”) and corruption, or a subsidy in one part of the economy does widespread and worse damage in another part of the economy. Delhi’s air quality is a constant reminder of what happens when government failure meets market failure. And yet, governments are essential to any well-functioning economy that both provides opportunity and protects the vulnerable. What to do in the face of both market and government failures to make services work for poor people?

Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 11:00 P.M.

Venue:
NCAER Conference Room
National Council of Applied Economic Research
Parisila Bhawan, 11, Indraprastha Estate
New Delhi-110002(INDIA)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

5-6 December 2017: 2nd Law Economics Policy Conference 2017

Organised by:
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi and Institute for New Economic Thinking, New York

Program

Date: December 5-6, 2016
Time: 09:00 A.M.

Venue:
Juniper Hall
India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003 (INDIA)

Note:
Those interested may please register at bins.sebastian@nipfp.org.in

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

4 December 2017: Filling the knowledge gap on air quality in Indian cities

Sarath Guttikunda
UEinfo, India

Abstract:
Delhi is in the midst of its annual debate on air pollution. How much do we know about Delhi's pollution load, and is that information adequate for policy making? In addition, the debate on air quality is limited to conditions in these big cities (like Delhi) even though most of India’s population live in smaller towns and there is little by way of measurements or an assessment of sources contributing to local air pollution problems, or health impacts associated with these pollution levels. The Air Pollution Knowledge Assessment (APnA) city program, covering 20 cities in 2016-17, is an attempt to fill this lacuna of information, with an objective to create a baseline database for air pollution in Indian cities to inform policymakers as they chart out strategies to improve air quality. Finally, despite all these efforts, what are the continued shortcomings and gaps in knowledge that are obstacles to improving the air around Delhi and other population centres in India?

Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

Note:
Please do RSVP at climate.initiative.cpr@gmail.com

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Friday, November 10, 2017

8 December 2017: Mahalanobis and Fisher: Mathematical Statistics as a Global Enterprise

Stephen Stigler
University of Chicago, U.S.A.

Abstract:
Between 1930 and 1950, P. C. Mahalanobis played a crucial role in the global development of mathematical statistics and its practical application. The talk will focus particularly on the story of his relationship with Ronald A. Fisher over this period.

Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 03:00 P.M.

Venue:
Auditorium,
Indian Statistical Institute Delhi Centre,
7, S. J. S. Sansanwal Marg,
New Delhi-110016 (INDIA)

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22 November 2017: Asia’s Financial Services: Ready for the Cloud?

Lim May-Ann
Asia Cloud Computing Association

Abstract:
Many industries are ready to embrace cloud computing to reap the benefits of this new technology. However, perceived regulatory challenges often stymie adoption efforts, such as in the case of highly regulated sectors like the financial services industry (FSI). This seminar will present the work done by the Asia Cloud Computing Association, an industry association that represents the voice of the tech and cloud computing businesses in the Asia Pacific region, reviewing the current regulatory landscape and key regulatory challenges to the adoption of cloud services by FSIs in 14 economies in this region.

Discussant:
Sankarson Banerjee, National Stock Exchange

Date: November 22, 2017
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Those who are interested may please confirm your participation at bins.sebastian@nipfp.org.in

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