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Conf Historical Persistence in Comparative Development Conference

henry bruton The passing of Professor Henry Bruton

Meet the Class of 2015: 30 students from 22 different countries

rc2Brochure: General information about applying to the CDE program

rc3aWorking Papers: On economic development topics

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Guest Speakers


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
  • Stjin Claessens, International Monetary Fund, “Macro-Prudential Policies to Mitigate Financial System Vulnerabilities” – September 27, 2013.
  • David Cole, Harvard University, “Korea Transformed: 1952-2012″ – October 5, 2013.
  • Michael Samson, Williams College, “The Role of Independent Research Institutes in the Policy Process in Developing Countries” – November 8, 2013.
  • Susan Godlonton, International Food Policy Research Institute, “The Demand for Medical Male Circumcision and HIV Prevention” – November 15, 2013.
  • Shawn Powers, The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), “J-PAL and Randomized Evaluation of Policy in Developing Countries” – January 7, 2014.
  • Joshua Wilde, University of South Florida, “Heat Waves at Conception and Later Life Outcomes” – Feb 21, 2014.
  • Dina Pomeranz, Harvard University, “Tax Me if You Can: Evidence on Firm Misreporting Behavior and Evasion Substitution”– March 3, 2014.
  • Prakarsh Singh, Amherst College, “Targeting Child Malnutrition through Performance Incentives to Caregivers”– March 7, 2014.
  • Eduardo Lora, The Inter-American Development Bank, “More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool “– April 8, 2014.
  • Maria Soledad Martinez-Peria, The World Bank, “Foreign Bank Subsidiaries’ Default Risk: What Factors Help Insulate Affiliates from their Parents?”– April 24, 2014.
CDE Guest Seminars — Last Academic Year
  • Nancy Birdsall & Gerard Caprio, Center for Global Development & Williams College, “The Global Financial Crisis and the Development Agenda” – September 13, 2012.
  • Paul Niehaus, UC San Diego, “Introducing A Radical New Way To Give: Directly” – September 21, 2012.
  • Sajeda Amin, The Population Council, “Making Gender-Based Violence Socially Unacceptable in Urban Bangladesh” – October 19, 2012.
  • John Briscoe, Harvard University, “The Challenge of Water Security in a Changing World” – November 2, 2012.
  • Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development & Williams College, “Oil to Cash and Beyond” – November 9, 2012.
  • Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development & Williams College, “Institution Building Through Cash on Delivery Aid” – November 13, 2012.
  • Pierre-Richard Agenor, University of Manchester, “Public Capital, Growth, and Welfare”– November 28, 2012.
  • Shawn Powers, J-PAL (The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab), “How to Do Randomized Evaluations”– January 8, 2013.
  • Petia Topolova, Harvard University & IMF, “The Rising Resilience of Emerging Market and Developing Economies”– April 1, 2013.
  • Stephan Klesan, University of Göttingen, “MDG’s Post-2015: A Modest Proposal”– April 12, 2013.

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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.

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