Globalization: Contents and Discontents 2019

Deadline: 1 October 2018
Open to: research papers by macro and micro-economists, and social scientists from any discipline
Venue: 15 – 16 January 2019 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The World Bank Development Research Group based in Kuala Lumpur is organizing its third international conference, with the theme Globalization: Contents and Discontents. The conference aims to bring together policymakers and academics to discuss the consequences of various aspects of globalization including trade, migration, financial flows, cultural exchanges and the diffusion of ideas.

The goal of this conference is to revisit these and other issues to understand the processes underlying globalization and how they may, or may not, shape a better world.  The conference will be anchored by keynote presentations by three noted experts: Asli Demirguc-Kunt (Director of the Development Research Group at the World Bank), William Easterly (Professor of Economics at New York University), and JP Singh (Director of the Center of Cultural Relations at the University of Edinburgh).  The organizing committee is headed by Norman Loayza and Vijayendra Rao, Lead Economists with the Development Research Group.


  • Research papers by macro and micro-economists, and social scientists from any discipline, that examine the various aspects of globalization (economic, social, political, and cultural), and its consequences;
  • Topics include but are not limited to: Trade, Migration, Financial Flows, Culture, Diffusion of Information, Ideas and Technologies, the History of Globalization, Winners and Losers, Identity and Citizenship, and the Governance of Globalization.


All conference costs, including travel, for the presenters of selected papers, will be covered.

How to Apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

Only completed papers, no longer than 12,000 words, will be considered.

The submission deadline is October 1, 2018.

For more information please visit the official website.