The YSI Economic Development Working Group is pleased to announce a Call for Papers on the theme of Productive Structures, Institutions and Distribution; as part of the 20th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics, 5-7th July 2018, De Montfort, University, Leicester, UK.


Early development theorists, from Antonio Serra to Arthur Lewis, George Beckford and Albert Hirschman, have long emphasized the complex interaction among productive structures, institutional performance, income distribution and economic development. But with the rise of Development Economics (the application of neo-classical economics to development issues), productive structures have been largely removed from the analysis. Rather, common causal explanations of comparative development now range from inefficient government intervention, market imperfections, geographical factors, culture, and poor institutions (e.g. weak property rights).


The object of this conference is to launch a research agenda to re-integrate analyses of productive structures into narratives of economic development. We hope to answer questions that relate to the complex interactions among productive structures and

  1. Institutional performance
  2. Income distribution
  3. Wage- and profit-led growth regimes
  4. Regional integration
  5. Migration and population growth
  6. Overall economic development.

In addition to paper presentations along these themes, there are three guest speakers TBC. Moreover, junior and senior scholars will participate in a Research Agenda Session to outline the parameters of the new research program.


Full papers written in English or abstracts of no more that 250 words must be submitted to development@youngscholarsinitiative.org no later than January 20th, 2018. Do note that each author can submit and present at most one paper. Should you have any questions please contact: Collin Constantine (e-mail) or Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (e-mail).

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