YSI @ Association for Heterodox Economics Conference

Jul 5–7, 2018
Leicester, UK | De Montfort University

The YSI Economic Development Working Group will host a series of panels at the annual conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics, with the goal of developing an innovative research program on productive structures, institutions, distribution, and economic development. We welcome old and new members to attend these sessions.

The working group program is now available on INET's website.

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 YSI workshop 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

  • Institutional performance
  • Income distribution
  • Wage- and profit-led growth regimes
  • Overall economic development.


Arrival: Wednesday July 4th

AHE Welcome Drinks Reception (included in registration fee)

Day 1: Thursday July 5th

Panel 1: Trade specialization, structural change and development

  • “The Peculiar Insertion of Brazil into Global Value Chains,” by Julia Callegari (Universidade de São Paulo)
  • “Trade Liberalization, Political Stability and the Complexity of Productive Structures in Underdeveloped Countries,” by Nazeef Ishtiaq (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Technology University, Lahore.)
  • “‘Smart Specialization:’ Is David Ricardo becoming unfashionable again?” by Erik Reinert (Tallinn University of Technology)
  • “Industrialization and economic growth in Latin America: is the link missing or misunderstood?” by Haroldo Montagu (Universtity of Buenes Aires and Institute of Social Sciences)

Chair: Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (University of York)
Discussant: Collin Constantine (Kingston University)

Panel 2: Inequality, Structural Change and Institutions

  • “Geography, Economic Structures and Institutions: A Synthesis,” by Tarron Khemraj (New College of Florida)
  • “A Decomposition Analysis of Changes in Employment in South Africa over 1995- 2015,” by Karmen Naidoo (UMass Amherst)
  • “Inequality in India,” by Jayati Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • “Productive structure and communicable diseases: Is there a connection?” by Julio Castro Alves de Lima E Silva (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Chair: Collin Constantine (Kingston University)
Discussant: Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (University of York)

Evening: YSI Drinks! Location TBA.

Day 2: Friday July 6th

Panel 3: Inclusive growth, governance and structural transformation

  • “Employment heterogeneity in Argentina: an analysis based on productive features and sectorial relations,” by Mariana Fernández Massi (Universidad Nacional de Moreno y Sociedad de Economía Crítica, Argentina)
  • “Under a vicious air: Does corruption affect mitigation actions?” by Lilia Garcia Manrique (Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México)
  • “Development and Distribution: Structural Change in South East Asia,” by Andy Sumner (King’s College London)
  • “The Forgotten Past in the Development Problems of the Present,” by Guido Aschieri (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chair: Erik Reinert (Tallinn University of Technology)
Discussant: Tarron Khemraj (New College of Florida)

Research Agenda Session: Productive Structures, Institutions and Distribution

The object of this session 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 institutional performance, income distribution, wage- and profit-led growth regimes, regional integration, migration and population growth, and overall economic development.

Introduction: Erik Reinert, Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology
Chair: Collin Constantine, Kingston University

Evening: Conference Dinner for £15 per person (remember to register!)

Day 3: Saturday July 7th

YSI-INET: Academic Activities of 2018-2019

This session is for YSI members (new and old) to brainstorm and discuss concretely what kind of activities we would like to move forward with in 2018-2019. This is an opportunity to get involved with the group and help shape its direction.

Chair: Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (University of York)

Questions or concerns? Get in touch with Collin Constantine (Kingston University) or Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (University of York).