Political Economy of Emerging Market Countries

Political Economy of Emerging Market Countries:

The Challenges of Developing More Humane Societies


Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University

in partnership with 

Georgetown University India Initiative & Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Organizers: Helen V. Milner, Princeton University & Nita Rudra, Georgetown University


December 30, 2016 -January 7, 2017
(By invitation only)

Kolkata, Shantiniketan, and New Delhi, India

Conference Itinerary for U.S. participants (pdf)


Friday, December 30 (IIM-C, MCHV Building)

9:45-10:05 am


10:05-10:15 am

Welcome Note, Nita Rudra, Georgetown University

10:15 - 11:45 am

Panel Discussion: Creating Humane Societies: Stakeholders Perspectives

Moderator: AK Sinha, IIM-Calcuta                                              

Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

Dilip Ghosh, Pratichi Trust, Kolkata

Reena Sen, Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, Kolkata

11:40 am -12:40 pm


12:50 - 1:25 pm

Andy Baker, University of Colorado Boulder

 “Is the Informal Sector Politically Different? Answers from Latin America ” (Abstract)

Stephanie Rickard, London School of Economics
Pulapre Balakrishnan, Ashoka University, New Delhi

1:30 – 2:05 pm

Anup SinhaIIM Calcutta

 “Sustainable Development: The Problem of Economic Inequality and a Crude Look at the Whole” (Abstract)

Chiranjib Sen, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
Sarah Hummell, University of Illinois

2:10 - 2: 40 pm


2:40 – 3:15 pm

Kenneth Scheve, Stanford University

"What does the U.K. Want for a Post-Brexit Economic Future"  (Abstract)

Peter Rosendorff, New York University
Partha Ray, IIM Calcutta

3:20 - 3:55 pm

Annapurna Shaw, IIM Calcutta

"The challenges of urbanization in India: Towards a more humane urbanism" (Abstract)

Jean Grossman, Princeton University
Runa Sarkar, IIM Calcutta

4:00-4:35 pm

Nita Rudra, Georgetown University

Helen Milner, Princeton University

"Globalization and the Politics of Informality" (Abstract)

Rajesh Bhattacharya, IIM Calcutta
Ken Scheve, Stanford University



Monday, January 2nd (Kharimati Resort)

9:20 - 9:55 am

R. Nagraj, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Mumbai

"China’s and India’s Economic Performance after the Financial Crisis: A Comparative Analysis" (Abstract)

Anup Sinha, IIM Calcutta 
Joanne Gowa, Princeton University

10:00 - 10:35 am

Erik Voeten, Georgetown University

"Where is U.S. Multilateral Leadership?" (Abstract)

Stephen Chaudoin, University of Illinois
Biju Paul Abraham, IIM Calcutta

10:40 - 11:15 am

Judy Goldstein, Stanford University

"Trading in the 21st Century: Is there a Role for the WTO?" (Abstract)

Sarbajit Sengupta, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Ed Mansfield, University of Pennsylvania

11:20  - 11: 55 am

Ashwini Kumar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

"Polymorphic Regimes or Fragmented Leviathans in India?" (Abstract)

Krzysztof Pelc, McGill University
Annapurna Shaw, IIM Calcutta

11:55 am –12:55 pm


1:00 - 1:35 pm

Sripad Motiram, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Mumbai

"Social Stratification and Inequality in BRICS" (Abstract)

Emilie Hafner-Burton, University of California, San Diego
Hema Swaminathan, IIM Bangalore

1:40 – 2 pm


2:05 - 2: 40 pm

Dipak Malghan, IIM Bangalore

Hema Swaminathan, IIM Bangalore

"The Contribution of Intra-household Gender Inequality in Earnings to Overall Inequality: Evidence from Global Data, 1973-2013"  (Abstract)

Sarah Brooks, Ohio State University
Achin Chakraborty, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata

2:45 - 3:20 pm

Dennis Quinn, Georgetown University

"Winners and Losers in International Trade: The Effects on U.S. Presidential Voting" (Abstract)

Gene Grossman, Princeton University
Rajesh Bhattacharya, IIM Calcutta

3:20 - 3:30 pm Break
3:35 - 4:10 pm

Achin Chakraborty, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

"Intergroup Disparities in Rapidly Growing Economies" (Abstract)

Apurba Chattopadhyay, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Layna Mosley, University of North Carolina



Tuesday, January 3rd (Visva Bharati University)

10:00 -10:35 am

Indrani Gupta, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

Samik Chowdhury, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

"Universal Health Coverage in BRICS: What can India learn from the BRICS experience?" (Abstract)

Biju Paul Abraham, IIM Calcutta
Sarah Brooks, Ohio State University

10:40 -11:15 am

Meir Alkon, Princeton University

"The Effects of Special Economic Zones: Evidence from India's States" (Abstract)

Partha Ray, IIM Calcutta
Pablo Pinto, University of Houston

12:00 -1:30 pm Lunch
1:35 -3:00 pm

Roundtable: “The Future of Globalization"

Gene Grossman, Princeton University

Helen Milner, Princeton University

R.Nagaraj, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

Achin Chakraborty, Institute for Development Studies Kolkata