More than Meets the Eyes
Noted speakers are invited to the CDE to present public lectures and to conduct in-class seminars on topics relating to the problems faced by developing countries. These lectures offer a unique opportunity for CDE fellows to talk with some of the major policy makers in the field of economic development. The small class gives each student access to the speaker and affords an opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas.
CDE Guest Seminars — Current Academic Year
- Patrick Honohan, Central Bank of Ireland, “Risks and Benefits of the Globalized Economy: Lessons from Ireland for Developing Countries” – September 22, 2011.
- Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development, “Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Approach to Development in Pakistan” – October 21, 2011.
- Dean Yang, University of Michigan, “Making Remittances Work for Development” – October 25, 2011.
- Biju Rao, The World Bank, “Localizing Development: Does Participation Work” – November 9, 2011.
- Monica Singhal, Harvard University, “Informal Taxation” – November 15, 2011.
CDE Guest Seminars — Last Academic Year
- Kristin Forbes ‘92, MIT; “Capital Controls: New Thinking on an Old Debate” – April 29, 2011
- Sigridur Benediktsdottir, Yale University; “Financial Meltdown in Iceland” – April 21, 2011.
- Paul Isaac ’72, Cadogan Management; Andrew Weiss ’68, Weiss Asset Management; and Afsaneh Beschloss, Rock Creek Capital; “Emerging Markets Investment: Thoughts from Practitioners” – April 16, 2011.
- Jim Levinsohn ’80, Yale University; “Policies to Alleviate Unemployment in South Africa” – April 15, 2011.
- Rema Hanna, Harvard University; “Targeting the Poor: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Indonesia” – November 2, 2010.
- Enrica Detragiache, International Monetary Fund; “Bank Capital: Lessons from the Financial Crisis” – September 23, 2010.
Global Warming and Developing Countries: Addressing and Coping with the Challenge:
Conference at Williams College, April 10-11, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Adil Najam, Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University “Climate Change, Development, and Security”
Recent visitors have also included:
His Excellency Sir Q. Ketumile J. Masire, former President of the Republic of Botswana;
Richard Agenor, Hallsworth Chair in International Macroeconomics and Development Economics, Univeristy of Manchester;
Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University Professor of Economics and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics;
Amartya Sen, Lamont Univeristy Professor, Harvard University Professor of Economics and Philosophy and winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics.