20TH ANNUAL WINTER CONFERENCE

TOPIC - LABOUR AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

The Department of Economics, Ramjas College, University of Delhi hosted the 20th Annual Winter Conference on 19th February 2022. This event consisted of a Paper Presentation Competition and a Panel Discussion on the topic "Labour and Economic Growth". The theme was chosen in honour of Late Professor Deb Kusum Das. Our dearest professor had dedicated his life to working on and researching these themes.

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The competition was followed by an insightful Panel Discussion. Professor Suresh Aggarwal and Professor Arup Mitra gave us new insights and perspectives on the topic of labour and economic growth. Prof. Aggarwal began his talk by explaining labour from a supply-side perspective. Further, Professor Suresh Aggarwal used a series of equations to explain the correlation between labour and economic growth. Professor Arup Mitra spoke about employment generation and economic growth. In this context he spoke about the plight of migrant workers working in Urban areas. The panel discussion ended with a Question and Answer session from the audience. It was, without any doubt, an enriching and exceptional day.

The Paper Presentation Competition was an enriching event, and it was a pleasure to witness budding economists, with a genuine interest and passion in the field, present their innovative work and ideas. Their presentations were brimming with enthusiasm, hard work and dedication. The papers were from diverse fields, such as Rural Tourism and Unpaid Internships. The presentations were evaluated by faculty members of the Economics department, who provided valuable insights and asked a series of questions to better understand each presentation. We can indisputably say that competitors impressed the jury. Despite the intense competition, the best paper award was co-won by Ananya Bhattacharyya, Kasturi Ghosh and Ahana Tanti of Gokhale Memorial Girl’s College (University of Calcutta) and Visva Bharati University, and Rahul Sinha of St. Xavier's University, Kolkata. The papers were "COVID-19 lockdown, she-cessions and policy retaliation: A micro-theoretic model" and “The Political Economy of Crony-capitalism and Dis-investment: A dynamic game-theoretic model” respectively.

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