The Department of Economics of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (JAIN University), in collaboration with Ecumenical Christian Centre (ECC) organize the International Conference on:
Dimensions of Poverty and Happiness in Economy
Ecumenical Christian Centre,
Whiteﬁeld, Bangalore (India)
Keynote Address: Prof. Dr. Luigino Bruni, Author of Happiness and Quality of Life, Handbook on the Economics of Reciprocity and Social Enterprise; The Wound and the Blessing: Economy Relationships and Happiness.
Theme of the Conference: Economists search for models of long-run economic growth and short-term ﬂuctuations that occur in the economy.
The focus is to drive the economy from disequilibria to sustainable equilibria optimizing the policy decisions choosing from alternatives given the input and technology. Real GDP growth rate is sine-qua-non to alleviate poverty and eradicate unemployment. However, stories of crony capitalism have led to jobless growth with joyless life. Development economists have moved from growth strategies to multiple dimensions of leisure, sustainability, environment and more inclusion.
While economic growth is essential, ethics, equity and building capabilities for performance and governance are conditions to attain gross national happiness. Increasing the national product is signiﬁcant for employment and consumption perse, but its impact on distribution, resource exhaustion, social cost and negative spill-overs throw concerns for inter-generation equity across the growth trajectories of economies. Welfare paradigm aims at moving towards new contours of wellbeing without altering net gains to none. The path for stagnant economies is to outbound the production frontiers through welfare and sustainability. For the third world the development strategies are manifold - knowledge, healthcare, technology, innovation and quality of life. The history evidences such economies cannot merely copy the western models which made men to traverse to matter alone.
The trade-off costs the glory of the human (elements) that surpasses the matter. Welfare, leisure and happiness belong more to the mind with qualitative dimensions. The economy needs quality dimensions in the quantitative arenas of economic growth that blends growth with elements of development.
Objective: This international conference will anatomize the growth trajectories of diverse economies that are fast moving towards dynamic models for searching welfare and happiness criteria. Many think-tanks and economists will come together in this platform to debate and present their models. You are welcome to participate and beneﬁt from the discourse.
Intended Audience: The conference is intended for academicians, industrialists, researchers and think-tanks committed to think and inquire into deeper dimensions of happiness and human welfare.
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