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The 3rd DEC 2019 on Social Institutions and the Economic Performance of Nations: A 21st Century Perspective

Since the first conference in 2015, DEC has been growing into a leading biennial conference on development economics. After the success of the 2nd DEC, held in Lincoln in 2017, we expect this year’s conference to attract a large number of established scholars as well as early career researchers and PhD students from the UK and overseas universities and institutes. Alongside the extensive conference programme featuring prominent keynote and invited speakers there will also be offered training sessions for PhD students and early career researchers.

The broad theme of DEC 2019 is framed along the lines of the late Douglas North’s seminal contributions of the late last century to address issues arising out of the social and political turbulence affecting the global community in the 21st century. The conference will primarily aim to examine how these issues have been affecting the economic performance of nations at micro and macro levels.


The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the call for contributed papers which will be open till April 15, 2019. The initial submission could comprise either a full paper or an extended abstract (approximately 1000 words). Contributions from all areas of development economics are welcome, especially those subsumed under the broad conference theme. More specifically we seek contributions on the economic aspects of some of the following areas subsumed under the broad conference theme:

  • Political and religious ideologies
  • Social, cultural and legal institutions
  • Class, caste and other societal hierarchy
  • Constitutions, political institutions and governance
  • Property rights, social contract and societal conflict resolution
  • Mass media, freedom of expression and the ‘power of influence’
  • Social norms, institutional constraints and the rights of the individual

Paper Submission: CLOSED

Notifications of Acceptance: May 15, 2019

Early Registration Deadline: May 24, 2019

Full Paper Submission Deadline: June 10, 2019

Registration Closes Midnight (BST), June 10th 

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17 – 19 June 2019

Lincoln International Business School
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom


Full Conference Ticket: £275*

*Includes Conference Dinner on 18th June

Keynote Day Package

Attendance only, Tuesday 18th June 2019

Price: £99

Package Includes:

Talk: Professor Sushanta Mallick

Keynote: Professor Kaushik Basu

Talk: Professor Johan Swinnen

Lunch & Refreshments

Special sessions for PhD students and ECR

Meet the Editors: How to Publish Academic Research

Selected papers from DEC 2019 will be considered for publication in Economic Modelling

Mentoring Moments

This session will provide an opportunity for PhD students to present their work and receive constructive feedback from experts in the field as well as from peers.


Professor Kaushik Basu

The C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics at Cornell University

Kaushik Basu is an Indian economist and Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank (2012-16). From December 2009 to July 2012 he served as the Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) to the Government of India at the Ministry of Finance, during the United Progressive Alliance‘s second term. Till 2009 he was the Chairman of the Department of Economics. He was also the Director of the Center for Analytic Economics at Cornell during 2006-9. Earlier he was Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of Economics – India, where in 1992 he founded the Centre for Development Economics in Delhi and was its first Executive Director. He is also a founding member of the Madras School of Economics, India.

He is currently the President of the International Economic Association (2017-2020). He was (the fourth) President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, which was founded by the economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Kumar Sen. He has held advisory posts with the ILO, the World Bank, the Reserve Bank of India and was, for several years, member of the steering committee of the Expert Group of Development Issues set up by the Swedish Government. He has also served as member of the Board of Directors of the Exim Bank of India.

Professor Kaushik Basu has the following Awards and honor’s – CORE Fellow, 1981–82, The National Mahalanobis Memorial Medal, 1989, UGC-Prabhavananda Award for Economics, 1990, Fellow of the Econometric Society, 1991–present, Padma Bhushan, Government of India (the 3rd-Highest Civilian Award in the Republic of India), 2008 D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) for “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Economics”, University of Lucknow, 2010, Served as President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), Assam University, 2012, Doctorate of Humane Letters, Fordham University, 2013,Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) for “outstanding contribution in theoretical economics both as a researcher and as a teacher”, IIT Bombay, 2013, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, University of Bath, as part of the University’s fiftieth anniversary, Bath, U.K., 2016, Elected Fellow of The World Academy of Science, Trieste, 2013, Elected to be president of the International Economic Association, 2017, Doctor of Economics and Development, Honoris Causa, University of Florence, 2018.


Professor Johan Swinnen

Professor of Economics
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Professor Kunal Sen

United Nations University, UNU-WIDER

Professor Patrick Paul Walsh

Professor of International Development Studies
University College Dublin

Professor Sushanta Mallick

Professor of International Finance
Queen Mary University of London
Co-Editor-in Chief, Economic Modelling

Professor Srikanta Chatterjee

Emeritus Professor of Economics
Massey University, New Zealand

Professor Geoffrey M. Hodgson

Professor in Management
Institute for International Management Loughborough University London
Chief Editor, Journal of Institutional Economics

Dr Shrabani Saha

Dr Shrabani Saha

Conference Chair
Senior Lecturer of Economics

Prof Marian Rizov

Prof Marian Rizov

Conference Co-Chair
Professor of Economics

Dr Eric Ruto

Scientific Committee Member
Senior Lecturer of Economics

Dr David Gray

Scientific Committee Member
Principal Lecturer/Programme Leader

Dr Dragana Radicic

Scientific Committee Member
Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader

Dr Tobias Bruenner

Scientific Committee Member
Senior Lecturer / Programme Leader

Mrs Rosario Michel-Villarreal

PhD Student Support

Ms Lilian Korir

PhD Student Support

Mr MD Tariqul Islam

PhD Student Support

Mr Tarzem Shoker

Marketing Manager

Mr Christopher Wardle-Cousins

E-Learning Developer

Mrs Lauren Greene


Tracy Hicks

Mrs Tracy Hicks

Senior Projects Manager


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UK – Visas – if you require a visa to attend the conference in the UK, please visit this link UK Government Website. You will require a “Standard Visitor Visa” to attend the conference. The earliest you can apply is 90 days before you plan to travel. The conference secretary can provide with a visa support letter if your paper is accepted for the conference.