The virtual development economics seminar series is organized by Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm School of Economics and Misum), Giacomo De Giorgi (IEE/GSEM, University of Geneva), Gianmarco León-Ciliotta (U. Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona School of Economics & IPEG), and Karen Macours (PSE, INRAE), with the support of CEPR. 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.


March 2nd

Nancy Qian (Northwestern University and CEPR) - "Aid Crowd-Out: The Effect of NGOs on Government-Provided Services" (w/ Erika Deserranno and Aisha Nansamba)

March 16th

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)

March 30th

Asim I Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School and CEPR) "A Market-based Approach to Education: Evidence from two decades of work in Pakistan"

April 13th

Nava Ashraf (LSE and CEPR) "Learning to teach by learning to learn"(joint with A. Banerjee and V. Nourani)

April 27th

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)

May 11th

David Atkin (MIT and CEPR) "Globalization and the Ladder of Development" (with A. Costinot and M. Fukui)

May 25th

David Yanagizawa-Drott (University of Zurich and CEPR)

June 8th

Robin Burgess (LSE 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.



May 12th

Seema Jayachandran (Northwestern University) - "Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India"

Video of the presentation

May 19th

Elisabeth Sadoulet (UC Berkeley) - "Catching a Wider Net:  Sharing Information Beyond Social networks", with Manzoor Dar, Alain de Janvry, Kyle Emerick, and Erin Kelley

May 26th

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.

Video of the presentation

June 2nd

Chris Udry (Northwestern University) - "Selection into Credit Markets: Evidence from Agriculture in Mali", with Lori Beaman, Dean karlan, and Bram Thuysbaert.

Video of the presentation

June 9th

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.

June 23rd

Costas Meghir (Yale University) -  "Migration and Informal Insurance" (with A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Corina D. Mommaerts and Melanie Morten). 

Video of the presentation

July 7th

Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University) - “Apart but Connected: Online Tutoring to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Educational Inequality” (with Michela Carlana)

July 14th

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)

July 28th

Tavneet Suri (MIT) - "Some Effects of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) During a Pandemic"

September 15th

Abhijit Banerjee (MIT) - "Changes in social networks in response to exposure to formal credit markets"

September 29th

Edward Miguel (University of California Berkeley) - "Twenty Year Economic Impacts of Deworming"

October 13th

Ben Olken (MIT) - "Tax Administration vs. Tax Rates: Evidence from Corporate Taxation in Indonesia"

October 27th

Rohini Pande (Yale) - "Investing in the Next Generation: The Long-Run Educational Impacts of a Liquidity Shock" 

November 10th

Jakob Svensson (IIES, Stockholm University) - "Market Access and Quality Upgrading: Evidence from Randomized Experiments"

November 24th

Andrew Foster (Brown University) - "Start What You Finish! Ex Ante Risk and Schooling Investments in the Presence of Dynamic Complementarities" (with Esther Gehrke)

December 1st

Alessandra Voena (Stanford University) -  "Maternal Mortality Risk and Spousal Differences in Desired Fertility" (with N. Ashraf, E. Field and R Zimparo)

December 15th

Oriana Bandiera (LSE) - “Why do people stay poor?” (with C. Balboni, R. Burgess, M. Ghatak and A. Heil)