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The Sampling and Official Statistics Unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata and the International Growth Centre (IGC), India Central Programme has jointly organised a workshop on Economic Growth in the state of West Bengal on 26-27 December 2015. This event is the fifth in a series of workshops, the first of which was held in January 2011. The January 2011 workshop had focused on the challenges and priorities of the new government in West Bengal.
The purpose of the workshop was to bring together international and domestic researchers and academics, policymakers and civil society representatives to present and discuss research on various aspects of the West Bengal economy. It will be attended by senior policymakers including Chief Economic Advisor of India and Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President at World Bank and over 70 participants from different organisations including the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC), Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata (CSSS), Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata (IDSK), National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), University of Manchester, Calcutta University, Yale University, Warwick University, University of Nottingham, University of Durham, University of California, Boston University, University of British Columbia and Monash University. The workshop programme focused on employment and education, livelihoods, public finance and local government, political change and voter expectations, and education and finance of the state government of West Bengal.