The virtual development economics seminar series is a joint event organized in collaboration with the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Bureau of for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD).
The initiative is led by Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm School of Economics and Misum), Robin Burgess (LSE), Giacomo De Giorgi (IEE/GSEM, University of Geneva), Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University), Gianmarco León-Ciliotta (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona School of Economics & IPEG), and Karen Macours (PSE, INRAE). It will take place on Tuesday at 5pm Barcelona/Geneva/Paris/Stockholm, 4pm BST, 11am EST, 8am PST.
Sign-up for the seminar in the link at the bottom of this page.
Imran Rasul (UCL, IFS, BREAD and CEPR) - "The Search for Good Jobs: Evidence from a Six-year Field Experiment in Uganda"(w/ O. Bandiera (LSE), V. Bassi (USC), R. Burgess (LSE), M. Sulaiman (BRAC) and A. Vitali (UCL))
Chris Woodruff (University of Oxford, BREAD and CEPR) - “Long-run Effects of Cash Grants: The Sri Lanka Microenterprise Project after 10 years” (w. S. De Mel and D. McKenzie)
Kate Casey (Stanford University, BREAD and CEPR)
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton and ASE)
Duncan Thomas (Duke University, BREAD and CEPR)
Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm School of Economics, Misum, BREAD and CEPR)
Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago and CEPR)
Melissa Dell (Harvard University, BREAD and CEPR)
The seminars are held on Zoom and last 75 minutes:
60 minutes of presentation
15 minutes of Q&A
A moderator will collect questions on the chat and select a few of general interest to be asked to the speaker at reasonable intervals to keep the flow of the seminar.
All participants will be muted, and all interactions with the speaker are going through the chat with the moderator.
In the Q&A portion the moderator will open the microphone to those participants who in the chat with the moderator indicate they have a question.
Seminars may be recorded and we plan to have them available on the webpage a few days later. Please note that you may be recorded if you activate your video or speak during the seminar.
Abuse of the seminar will not be tolerated.
Some logistics may change over the VDEV series: stay tuned.
Please register to receive the zoom link to the seminar here.
Note that the target audience for the seminar is academics. But realizing the possible wider interests in some of the topics, we also live stream *some* seminars on CEPR's YouTube channel. You can watch selected previous talks at the links provided in the previous schedules.
PAST PRESENTATIONS (2020)
(Videos from past seminars are available here)
Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University) - "Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India"
Elisabeth Sadoulet (UC Berkeley) - "Catching a Wider Net: Sharing Information Beyond Social networks", with Manzoor Dar, Alain de Janvry, Kyle Emerick, and Erin Kelley
Michael Kremer (Harvard University) - "Is Development Innovation a Good Investment? Which Innovations Scale? Evidence on social investing from USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures." with Sasha Gallant, Olga Rostapshova, and Milan Thomas.
Chris Udry (Northwestern University) - "Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali", with Lori Beaman, Dean karlan, and Bram Thuysbaert.
Pascaline Dupas (Stanford University) - "Expanding Access to Clean Water for the Rural Poor: Experimental Evidence from Malawi", with Basimenya Nhlema, Zachary Wagner, Aaron Wolf and Emily Wroe. View on Youtube.
Costas Meghir (Yale University) - "Migration and Informal Insurance" (with A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Corina D. Mommaerts and Melanie Morten).
Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University) - “Apart but Connected: Online Tutoring to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Educational Inequality” (with Michela Carlana)
Esther Duflo (MIT) - "Selecting the Most Effective Nudge: Evidence from a Large Scale Experiment on Immunization" (with A. Banerjee, A. Chandrasekhar, E. Duflo, J. Floretta, M. Jackson, H. Kannan, F. Loza, A. Sankar, A. Schrimpf)
Tavneet Suri (MIT) - "Some Effects of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) During a Pandemic"
Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) - "Changes in social networks in response to exposure to formal credit markets"
Edward Miguel (University of California Berkeley) - "Twenty Year Economic Impacts of Deworming"
Ben Olken (MIT) - "Tax Administration vs. Tax Rates: Evidence from Corporate Taxation in Indonesia"
Rohini Pande (Yale) - "Investing in the Next Generation: The Long-Run Educational Impacts of a Liquidity Shock"
Jakob Svensson (IIES, Stockholm University) - "Market Access and Quality Upgrading: Evidence from Randomized Experiments"
Andrew Foster (Brown University) - "Start What You Finish! Ex Ante Risk and Schooling Investments in the Presence of Dynamic Complementarities" (with Esther Gehrke)
Alessandra Voena (Stanford University) - "Maternal Mortality Risk and Spousal Differences in Desired Fertility" (with N. Ashraf, E. Field and R Zimparo)
Oriana Bandiera (LSE) - “Why do people stay poor?” (with C. Balboni, R. Burgess, M. Ghatak and A. Heil)
PAST PRESENTATIONS (2021)
Nancy Qian (Northwestern University and CEPR) - "Aid Crowd-Out: The Effect of NGOs on Government-Provided Services" (w/ Erika Deserranno and Aisha Nansamba)
Rema Hanna (Harvard Kennedy School and CEPR) - "Food vs. Food Stamps: Evidence from an At-Scale Experiment in Indonesia" (w/ Abhijit Banerjee, Benjamin A. Olken, Elan Satriawan and Sudarno Sumarto)
Asim I Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School and CEPR) "A Market-based Approach to Education: Evidence from two decades of work in Pakistan"
Nava Ashraf (LSE and CEPR) "Learning to teach by learning to learn"(joint with A. Banerjee and V. Nourani)
Claudio Ferraz (University of British Columbia) "Internet, Social Media, and the Behavior of Politicians: Evidence from Facebook in Brazil" (w/ P. Bessone, F. Campante, P. Souza)
David Atkin (MIT and CEPR) "Globalization and the Ladder of Development" (with A. Costinot and M. Fukui)
David Yanagizawa-Drott (University of Zurich and CEPR)
Robin Burgess (LSE and CEPR)
Erica Field (Duke University, BREAD and CEPR) - A Signal to End Child Marriage: Theory and Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh joint with Nina Buchmann, Rachel Glennerster, Shahana Nazneen and Xiao Yu Wang
Karen Macours (PSE, INRAE, BREAD and CEPR) - Education, Income and Mobility: Experimental Impacts of Childhood Exposure to Progresa after 20 Years joint with M. Caridad Araujo
Penny Goldberg (Yale University and BREAD) - Trade and Informality in the Presence of Labor Market Frictions and Regulations (with Rafael Dix-Carneiro, Costas Meghir and Gabriel Ulyssea)
Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego, BREAD and CEPR) - "General equilibrium effects of (improving) public employment programs: experimental evidence from India” (with Paul Niehaus & Sandip Sukhtankar)
Sule Alan (EUI and CEPR) - Improving Workplace Climate in Large Corporations: A Clustered Randomized Intervention joint with Gozde Corekcioglu and Matthias Sutter