ISB-NBER Conference on Economic Policy and the Indian Economy

Call for Papers

Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, and Economic Outcomes 

Hyderabad, India – December 17-18, 2022

The first annual ISB-NBER conference on Economic Policy and the Indian Economy will be held at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, on December 17-18, 2022. The conference series will showcase research on a range of topics that are relevant to India and other nations in South Asia. The 2022 meeting will emphasize the determinants of entrepreneurship, enterprise development, and job creation, and the role of economic policy in affecting these outcomes.  The meeting will be co-organized by Shilpa Aggarwal (ISB) and Amit Seru (Stanford University and NBER).

Topics that may be addressed at the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • How frictions in labor, capital, and product markets affect the level and direction of entrepreneurship.
  • The role of human capital, technology and innovation in enterprise development and job creation. 
  • The impact of government policies that affect entrepreneurial growth and human capital development, including taxation and the provision of credit to small businesses.
  • Analysis of capital market regulations, including those affecting banks and securities markets, and their effects on business creation, financing, and growth.  
  • The role of international trade, immigration, and foreign investment in entrepreneurial activity.

The conference organizers are eager to spotlight work on the Indian economy and the proximate region, but related research on similar questions that analyses other nations will also be considered.  

The organizers welcome submissions by scholars who are early in their careers, who are not NBER affiliates, and who are members of under-represented groups. To be considered for inclusion on the program, completed papers must be uploaded by 11:59pm (EDT) on August 25, 2022 via the paper submission link given below. 

Please do not submit papers that have been accepted for publication and that will be published by December 2022. In keeping with NBER requirements, papers may not make policy recommendations.  Authors chosen to present papers will be notified in September 2022.  The conference hosts will provide a travel allowance for one author per paper, roughly equal to business class airfare for participants travelling from outside India. The hosts will also cover all conference-related lodging and meal expenses.  Other co-authors are welcome to attend the meeting at their own expense. For participants traveling from within India, the conference organizers will cover travel and lodging expenses for all co-authors.

Questions about the subject matter of the meeting may be addressed to or  Other conference-related questions may be directed to  Please share this call for papers with colleagues who may be interested in submitting a paper. 


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