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Economics Seminar Series-Seminar #4 "Mind-sets, Beliefs and Outcomes"

Venue : TERI University
Date : 9 November 2017


Speaker: Dr. Amit Thorat, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, JNU

Well being outcomes are more often than not a consequence of mind sets and human behaviour. How people make decisions and interact with others depends largely on there beliefs and perceptions. So what explains the observed differences in well-being outcomes across social groups? In the four studies being presented here the first highlights the differences in static as well as dynamic measures of well being (poverty) across social groups in India despite growth and income increases and why people are becoming poor and escaping poverty at the same time.

The remaining three studies shed light on the prevailing nature of mind-sets and how these might be effecting development, economic and social outcomes for people at large and specific communities or groups in particular. The first amongst these documents the depth and spread of the practice of untouchability in contemporary India. The second examines what might be the reasons for wide spread open defecation in India and why 60% of all the people who defecate in the open live in India. The third study is based on a unique survey that asked people about their views on gender, inter group marriages etc.

Tenth Convocation Ceremony

Venue : TERI University
Date : 10 November 2017


The tenth convocation of the TERI University will be held on 10 November 2017 commencing at 5:00 pm. All students who have successfully completed degree programmes on or after 04 November 2017 would be eligible to be part of the convocation procedure.

International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies

Venue : TERI University
Date : 3-4 January 2018


TERI University is organizing International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies during January 3-4, 2018 in collaboration with Whitman School of Management and the South Asia Centre at Syracuse University, USA and Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (JADEE) being published by Emerald Publishing.

This conference aims to bring together scholars, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders from around the world to present and share their original research and expertise on agribusiness in the developing and emerging economies. The conference will cover a broad spectrum of relevant themes, methodologies, and research approaches including empirical, conceptual, review and case studies. Selected papers will be published in JADEE. The conference is likely to be attended by 150 participants from across the globe with a majority of participants from US, Singapore, Vietnam, Srilanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Brazil and many more.

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Workshop on 'Multi-scale Climate Governance in India: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities'

Venue : TERI University
Date : 18-19 January 2018


TERI University in association with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) invites research professionals; academia; post graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows to participate in the Workshop on 'Multi-scale Climate Governance in India: Understanding the Challenges and opportunities'.

We are inviting Poster Proposals of around 300 words highlighting the research relating to various aspects of multi-level climate governance issues such as top-down and bottom-up versus horizontally networked and vertically integrated governance frameworks; market based versus behavioral and self-governing approaches; adaptive and resilience based governance approaches vis-a-vis approaches based on climate mitigation, cross-sectoral climate governance issues; climate technology and climate financing related governance mechanisms; and other related aspects.

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International Conference on Business, Economics & Sustainable Development (ICBESD 2018)

Venue : TERI University
Date : 22-23 February 2018


In view of the changing scenario of risks, environmental and otherwise, it has become imperative for a paradigm shift in business and economics. We need a development that will have zero impact on environment and should not be at the cost of posterity: sustainable development. In fact, business is being increasingly viewed by all the stakeholder groups involved as a powerful force in promoting the cause of sustainable development. The future lies with firms that internalize stakeholder inclusivity, resource efficiency, and environmental conservation as key elements in their core business strategy and process. However, it is easier said than done.
A plethora of research works are already in place to take up the challenges. Sustainable business or business sustainability is no more that unknown in our economic vocabulary. The efforts have received a new fillip with the declaration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - the 2030 Agenda by the UN.

In this backdrop, the Department of Business and Sustainability, TERI University, the pioneer institution of international importance in sustainability research, has resolved to provide a platform to the likeminded researchers by hosting its annual international conference: ICBESD2018.

The conference aims to bring together stakeholders including academia, industry, government, to discuss the need, challenges, and roadmap to approach long-term viability of business without compromising on profitability, competitiveness, and sustainable development.

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Economics Seminar Series-Seminar: "Three Decades of Multilateralism: Rise of Domestic Regulation as a Major Determinant of International Trade"

Venue : L-103, TERI University
Start Date : 17 August 2017
End Date : 17 August 2017


For the purposes of achieving effective market access, this note traces the urgent need for the negotiators to shift their focus away from 'border'measures like the tariffs to 'behind-the-border'measures like the domestic regulations. The efforts by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) who seeks to increase the developing and LDCs participation in the international standards setting bodies, to enhance trade in food and feed (FAO & WTO, 2017).

In this context, let us explore the realities of market access, this note will trace this issue in some detail.

The WTO began with the task of disciplining two variables, identified as prominent barriers to international trade - the tariffs and the non-tariff measures (NTMs). The initial years of the WTO negotiation were spent in disciplining and liberalising tariff. These were achieved through country specific disciplines like the ceiling binding commitments and MFN applied tariffs. These efforts accelerated the process of lowering tariff barriers considerably at the same time the efforts to discipline NTMs were found wanting.
Today there is a growing body of theoretical, empirical and policy analysis, including the WTO’s 2005 World Trade Report, which recognises the technical regulations, standards and procedures for determining conformity can have both positive and detrimental effects on competition and international trade. Further this standard becomes the basic requirement for success of exports of a country (WTO 2016). Both the developed and developing countries indicate these requirements are often leading to increased costs and therefore are of greater concern to exporters and governments when compared with other forms of non-tariff measures.

The non-price based measures like regulations and technical standards in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT) are increasingly limiting market access and creating oligarchic industrial structures in the international trading regime. The domestic regulations and standards have recorded a rise and there is considerable literature to suggest this phenomenon.

Leading the pack is the European Union with series of legislations regulating the use of chemicals and other substances. The EC regulations which were notified to the WTO, like supplier declaration of conformity (S-DoC); registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH); classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) and some of other notifications of 2016 restricting 588 endocrine disruptors substances and agrochemicals like Beta-Cypermethrin and Tricyclazole (WTO, 2017). Increasingly they are being challenged by the other WTO member countries for possible violation of Article 5 of SPS agreement.

One such SPS barrier is the imposition of maximum residue limit (MRL) a mandatory SPS standard on food and feed products. These MRL standards are harmonised at the Codex alimentarius, an intergovernmental standardising body identified under the SPS Agreement.

Some of the MRL standards on active substances (agrochemicals) notified by the members can be stringent in comparison to Codex but are permitted by Article 5 of SPS agreement such measures need to be backed by either scientific justifications or risk assessment dosseir. However, the presence of non-Codex MRL standard on agrochemicals are those for which Codex does not have harmonised international standard. As there is no comparable MRL standard by the Codex so these can be questionable measures under Article 5. To the best of my understanding, this aspect of MRL standards has never been highlighted and not discussed in the literature.

As a researcher, I think there should be more clarity in the understanding of SPS-based MRL standards in its totality. This would be completely new phenomenon and would lead in supporting the cause of information asymmetry. This note attempts to highlight the importance of symmetry of information and the need for transparency in notifications. Further it suggests the need to put disciplines similar to that seen in case of tariff negotiations from 1995 onwards and similar efforts to be put in place for handling the barrier like the NTMs.

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