ECONOMIC REFORMS FOR PRODUCTIVITY, INNOVATION AND GROWTH
The purpose of the Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) is to provide a forum where leading professional economists, other social scientists, and policy-makers can exchange ideas on the vital economic and social issues facing Pakistan. With the passage of time, the philosophy of development has undergone a profound change. There is now, as never before, an increasing awareness of the complexities involved in the development process which has engendered a greater sense of realism. The Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Society is also an occasion for stock-taking of the research work done, at PIDE and elsewhere, on various socio-economic problems of Pakistan, as well as for suggesting new initiatives for further research. These Meetings provide the much-needed communication amongst the economists, policy-makers, and various schools of interested observers of the ongoing debate concerning development-related issues. The theme chosen for the 28th Annual General Meeting and Conference is “Economic Reforms for Productivity, Innovation and Growth”. The objective is to take new important insights on the process of economic reforms forward, emerging from recent literature, to determine directions for future research for wide-ranging economic reforms aimed at enhancing economy’s productivity and spur innovation with a view to achieving sustained economic growth. The Conference will address important topics including Trade Openness and Industrial Competitiveness, Modern Services as Drivers of Growth, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Public Sector Reforms, Agricultural Productivity and Markets and Demographic Transition and Labour Markets. This year’s Conference includes four invited lectures which will be delivered by Dr Ishrat Husain, Professor M. Ali Khan, Dr Yannos Papantoniou and Professor L. Alan Winters.
PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE 28th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF PSDE – 2012
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