Workshop on
Economic Theory and Empirics

February 19-20, 2020

 

 

About the workshop

The Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi cordially invites you to attend a two-day Workshop on Economic Theory and Empirics. This workshop intends to introduce students and practitioners to core concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics in a detailed manner. The idea is to ensure that those who apply economics in their research work should know the underlying theoretical and empirical tools from first principles.

 

Who is this workshop for?

The target audience for this workshop are undergraduate college teachers, young faculty at the university departments, post-graduate students, research scholars in the early stages of research as well as practitioners, such as bureaucrats. We also welcome researchers who are not economists themselves but who apply the economic concepts in their research to join us in this workshop to deepen their understanding of the material.

 

Key Workshop Presenter

Anjan Mukherji ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is currently, Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He taught at JNU from 1973 and retired as the RBI Professor of Economic Theory at the CESP in 2010. In between, on leaves of absence from JNU, he also taught at LSE, Cornell University, and the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Subsequent to retirement from JNU, Prof. Mukherji has held the position of Country Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) programme in Bihar from 2010 its inception, to March 31, 2017. His research efforts have been recognized by Fellowships at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University during 2002-03 and post retirement from JNU, he was recognized as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Fellow of the ICSSR, 2011-13. During 2011-17, he was also Honorary Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. His areas of interest and research are mainly in Economic Theory. Prof. Mukherji has published papers in the areas of Economic Dynamics, General Equilibrium Theory, Development Economics, Governance and related issues.

 

Topics to be covered

The workshop will cover the topics given in the table below.

 

Detailed content

Day 1

  • General Equilibrium Theory: An Overview (Resource Person: Dr. Debdatta Saha, Faculty of Economics, South Asian University)

  • Prof. Anjan Mukherji’s lecture on some issues in general equilibrium theory with an application

  • Macroeconomic applications: When do Welfare Theorems Fail? (Resource Person: Dr. Soumya Datta, Faculty of Economics, South Asian University)

Day 2

Time Series Analysis: Stationarity, Co-integration, Vector Error Correction and Vector Auto-Regression models, Impulse Response Functions, Variance Decomposition Analysis

(Resource Person: Prof. Arup Mitra, Faculty of Economics, South Asian University)

Day 2

Lab Session: Using E-Views for time-series analysis; introduction to the software and detailed tutorial for advanced operations on it. (Resource Person: Dr. Prakash, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi)

 

Venue

Mezzanine Floor, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021.

 

Registration Fee

For all participants, the registration fee is INR 5500.

 

Registration and Payment

For registration and payment, please visit the link on the bottom of this page.

 

Contact

For more information, email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (coordinator)

 

Important Notes

  1. Due to logistical reasons, only a limited number of participants will be admitted to the workshop. The admission will be on a rolling basis until all the positions have been filled or until the application deadline of 25th January 2020 has been reached.

  2. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and accommodation.

 

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Workshop on

Data Envelopment Analysis for Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking

January 12-14, 2020

 

About the workshop

The Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi cordially invites you to attend a three-day workshop on Data Envelopment Analysis for Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking. This classroom-based workshop will focus on both basic and advanced DEA models for efficiency and productivity measurement. The contents of the workshop are designed meticulously with the objective to provide a healthy balance between theory and hands-on applications. The participants will get training on using Microsoft Excel capabilities to handle DEA models in the first two days of the workshop. The final day of the workshop is reserved for the presentations on DEA modelling frameworks by the eminent scholars.

 

Who is this workshop for?

The workshop will be of immense benefit to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and academicians who are working in the field of efficiency and productivity analysis. The workshop will also be suitable for corporate professionals who are interested in learning benchmarking techniques.

 

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Workshop Presenter

 

Subhash C Ray ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. Best known for his book Data Envelopment Analysis: Theory and Methods for Economics and Operations Research published by Cambridge University Press, he is internationally recognized as an expert on nonparametric analysis of productivity and efficiency. He has published numerous papers in top-rated journals in management and economics. Over the past several years, he has conducted a number of intensive workshops on Data Envelopment Analysis at various universities in different countries. Professor Ray received the WW Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award from the International DEA Society (iDEAs) in 2016 for his overall contribution to the DEA literature. He is currently serving as one of the editors of a 2-volume Handbook of Production Economics for Springer. More details on his work are available at https://econ.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/681/2017/08/Ray-CV-2017.pdf

 

 

Topics to be covered

The workshop will cover the topics given in the table below.

Course content

Day 1

  • Production Economics, Efficiency Analysis and DEA: An Overview

  • Most Productive Scale Size (MPSS) and Returns to Scale for Individual Decision Making Units

  • Cost Minimization in the Short Run and in the Long Run

Lab Session: Writing your own LP problems to Measure Efficiency on Excel Solver; A VBA Macro to measure efficiency of all units at once; Hands on application to measure technical and cost efficiencies

Day 2

  • The Directional Distance Function and Efficiency Measurement in the Presence of Bad Outputs

  • Cost Minimization when input prices vary across locations

  • Scale Economies and Capacity Utilization with multiple outputs and multiple fixed inputs

  • On the Choice of Inputs and Outputs for Efficiency Measurement

Day 3

  • Presentations by the eminent scholars

 

Venue

Mezzanine Floor, South Asian University, Akbar Bhawan, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021.

 
Registration Fee
  • Indian academic participants: Rs. 8000

  • Indian non-academic participants: Rs. 10000

  • Non-Indian participants: USD 200

  • Ph.D Scholars: Rs. 4000

 

Registration and Payment

For registration and payment, please visit the link on the bottom of this page.

 

 

Contact

For more information, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (coordinator)

 

Important Notes

  1. Due to logistical reasons, only a limited number of participants will be admitted to the workshop. The admission will be on a rolling basis until all the positions have been filled or until the application deadline of 25th December 2019 has been reached. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and accommodation.

  2. A few optional pre-workshop tutorials on basic DEA models will also be organized for beginners.

 

 

 

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Call for Papers

International Conference

on

Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity in Emerging Economies

December 18-19, 2019

South Asian University, New Delhi

 

The Faculty of Economics, South Asian University, New Delhi invites the researchers and practitioners to submit their full-length research papers/extended abstracts for presentation in the Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity in Emerging Economies Conference which will be held from December 18-19, 2019. Theoretical and empirical papers focusing on non-parametric and parametric methodological frameworks, such as Data Envelopment Analysis, Stochastic Frontier Analysis, and Index number theory are particularly welcome.

 

Conference sub-themes

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advances in Data Envelopment Analysis and Stochastic Frontier Analysis

  • Impact of Global Financial Crisis on efficiency and productivity

  • Benchmarking and performance improvements

  • Efficiency and productivity measurement in emerging economies: Issues and Perspectives

  • Case studies pertaining to efficiency and productivity measurement in emerging economies

 

Preliminary programme

18 December, 2019: Opening ceremony plus full day conference

19 December 2019: Full day conference and closing ceremony

 

Submission process:

Please submit your full-length paper/extended abstract in pdf format. To submit the papers/abstracts, use the link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mepee2019

 

Reviewing process

Submitted full-length papers/extended abstracts will go through a rigorous peer-review process. The main criteria for acceptance will be quality and originality of the contribution.

 

Important dates

Deadline of submission of full length paper/extended abstract: 15 October 2019

Notification of acceptance: 30 October 2019

Registration and payment of registration fee: 15 November 2019

 

 

Registration Fee
  • Indian academic participants: Rs. 8000

  • Indian non-academic participants: Rs. 10000

  • Non-Indian participants: USD 200

  • Ph.D. Scholars: Rs. 4000

 

 

 

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After receiving the acceptance letter, please visit the conference webpage at http://www.sau.int/ for registration and payment.

 

Important Notes

  1. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and accommodation.

  2. The registration fee will not be refunded in case of cancelling the conference participation.

 

Contact: Any inquiries or concerns may be addressed to Sunil Kumar (Organising Secretary) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Soumya Datta (Coordinator) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Faculty of Economics, SAU, offers a unique master’s programme in Economics (with specialization in Economic Development). The course not only teaches students core aspects of economics, it also engages in analyzing issues pertinent to the South Asian region. This exercise leads to well-trained graduate economists, who also are specialized in development concerns, particularly in South Asia.

 

The course requires students to write a thesis prior to completion of their master’s degree. This dissertation encourages them to engage in independent research with faculty supervision, thereby honing their knowledge of the subject as they put theoretical concepts to practice.

 

The core courses include microeconomics (I and II), macroeconomics (I and II), mathematical methods in economics, development economics (I and II), South Asian Economic Development and econometrics. Optional courses include agriculture and development, econometric methods, environmental economics, efficiency and productivity analysis, game theory, gender and development, global political economy, growth and development, industrial organization, international economics, money and banking, poverty and inequality, public economics, trade, capital flows and development, social choice theory, topics in political economy, topics in macroeconomics and topics in applied econometrics.

 

Our students are well-trained for working in corporate sector environments, as well as research organizations. Past placements include RMS, The Economist, CHEORS, RBS to name a few. Many of our students pursue doctoral degrees in economics at international and nationally reputed universities. In recent years, doctoral offers have come from the University of Nebraska, Colorado State University, University of Massachusetts, SUNY Buffalo in the USA or Uppsala University in Sweden as well as the Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), Ashoka University (NCR) , Tata Institute for Social Sciences and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (Mumbai). Our foreign students have found very good placements in their respective countries, be it with the government (in Afghanistan) or with research organizations in Afghanistan, consulting organizations in Bangladesh and in the education sector in Bhutan and Sri Lanka.

 

For further information regarding placements, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

PhD Economics

 

 

For the PhD program, students need to complete an 18-credit coursework spread over 2 semesters in the first year of the program. Students will take four taught courses, each worth 4 credits (total of 16 credits), and a directed readings course worth 2 credits. The following is the structure of the one-year PhD coursework:

 

Semester 1: One core course and one optional course (total 8 credits)

Semester 2: One core course, one optional course, and a directed readings course

(total 10 credits)

 

There are two dedicated core courses for the PhD students:

1. Advanced Economic Theory (Semester I)

2. Research Methodology (Semester II)

 

Each of these courses is divided into three modules. The course on Advanced Economic Theory consists of the following three modules:

a) Topics in Microeconomic Theory

b) Topics in Macroeconomic Theory

c) Topics in Development Economics

 

The course on Research Methodology consists of the following modules:

a) Methodology of Inquiry

b) Survey design and methods of data collection

c) Topics in econometrics and advanced statistical methods

 

The students also take a 2-credit directed readings course in their second semester and develop a research paper as a part of the course. In addition, they give an open seminar based on the research paper at the end of Semester II.

 

Optional Courses

 

The students will choose one optional course in each of the two semesters from the following list of advanced courses offered in the final year of the Masters program. Only a subset of the following courses will be offered each semester.

Course Outline

 

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