After the successful completion of the inaugural international conference in 2015, the Faculty of Economics at the South Asian University is pleased to announce its Second International Conference on South Asian Economic Development.
The South Asian region presents a study in contrasts. Despite growing at impressive rates over last decade and half, the region is home to the largest concentration of world's poor with abysmal levels of access to basic economic and social infrastructure. Despite sharing a common economic history that goes back several millennia, it remains one of the least integrated regions of the world with large untapped benefits from greater economic and financial integration. Being part of a unique university with a mandate of inculcating regional consciousness among the citizens of South Asia, the Faculty of Economics envisions for itself a leading role in understanding the economic challenges and opportunities unique to this region. We believe that a rigorous scientific enquiry is needed for this purpose. Through this conference, we strive to provide a platform for research containing methodological advances, both in economic theory and empirical methods, which would contribute to our understanding of South Asian Economic Development.
The inaugural conference in 2015 was dedicated to the memory of Prof. G.K. Chadha, the Founding President of South Asian University. His vision of South Asian University as a vibrant academic space towards creation of South Asian consciousness continues to guide our intellectual endeavors.