The BRICS Countries: International Unstability, Growth Trajectories and Structural Transformations

Call for papers for a panel at the RUDN International Conference

Call for papers for a panel on BRICs organised with the FMSH/EHESS research group at the RUDN (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia) International Conference, october 30-31, in Moscow.

In the framework of the international conference organized by the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), Mosco in cooperation with CEMAFI International (France), the BRIC Seminar (EHESS-Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris) and the Department of International Economy (RUDN) organize a two sessions-panel on the following topic: " BRICs Countries: International unstability, growth trajectories and structural transformations."

Since 2010, when the concept of BRICS has given birth to a new geopolitical group, emerging economies have continued to grow and now account for a larger share of the world GDP than before. At the same time, the international financial crisis and its consequences have hit developed market economies and BRICS countries in a different manner. Advanced countries have stagnated in relative terms, applying diverging policies (quantitative easing in the US and Japan, deflationary budgetary policies in the vast majority of the Eurozone countries) in an attempt to relaunch their economic growth. The BRICS countries and other emerging economies have also reported diverging results both in terms of growth path and external accounts dynamics. For instance, the rate of growth is rapidly declining in Brazil and Russia, India and Russia proved to be very sensitive to interest rates fluctuations and international capital outflows, and China, in spite of a still high GDP growth rate and large current account surpluses, is showing signs of vulnerability, prompting some observers to diagnose the so-called "middle income trap".

Beyond these recent economic fluctuations, we believe that the problems that these economies are currently facing are of a structural nature: they lie in their productive specialization, in the nature (or the lack) of structural and innovations policies implemented, but also in institutional peculiarities that characterize most emerging economies. To discuss this hypothesis, we propose that the 2-sessions panel of the RUDN Moscow Conference could address the following themes :

- Growth trajectories of BRICs and emerging economies: where do we stand?

- International trade, international value chains and the BRICs

- How big is the productive gap between developed market economies and the BRICs?

- Contents, nature, implementation of industrial and innovation policies

- Are domestic-led growth models more desirable than export-led models?

- Commodities exporting countries: how to avoid the "dutch disease"?

- Whither role for the State: reducing inequalities, improving infrastructures, stimulating high value added industrial growth, attracting FDI?

Number of papers discussed: 16

Deadline for submission: July 15, 2014

Send abstract (in english, french, russian) to :

Vladimir Matyushok, RUDN, Moscow,

Julien Vercueil, INALCO, Paris,

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