Thursday, December 14, 2017

20 December 2017: Health effects of exposure to air pollution

Prabhakaran Dorairaj, Preet Dhillon,
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and
Raj Kumar
Vallabhhai Patel Chest Institute

Bhargav Krishna, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Clinicians, health experts and researchers from leading public health and clinical institutes will be discussing the effects of air pollution on important health outcomes such as cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancer. This panel will discuss biological pathways and the evidence on these health effects coming from global evidence as well as in low- and middle-income country settings like India.

Date: December 20, 2017
Time: 04:00 P.M.

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

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Friday, December 8, 2017

11 December 2017: Importance of Legislatures

M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President

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.

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

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.

Ajay Shah, NIPFP

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

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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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

Shantayanan Devarajan
World Bank

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.

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


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

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

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