Events and Conferences

Events and Conferences

Deep Engagement, Cutting Edge Research

Noted speakers are invited to the CDE to present public lectures and to conduct in-class seminars on topics related to the problems faced by developing countries. These lectures offer a unique opportunity for CDE fellows to interact with major policymakers in the field of economic development. The small class size gives each student access to the speaker and allows a meaningful exchange of ideas.

In addition to seminars, which follow the typical lecture format, the CDE also hosts Development Dialogues, a lunch series intended to facilitate interactive dialogue with policymakers, academics, fellows, and undergraduates.


Uwe Sunde: Medication Against Conflict

The consequences of successful public health interventions for social violence and conflict are largely unknown. This paper evaluates the effect of major health interventions.

Martin Guzman: Title TBD

More information will be provided soon

Pascual Restrepo: Title TBA

More information will be provided soon

Jenny C. Aker: Title TBA

More information will be provided soon.


Upcoming Conferences

Finance and Development |  April 13-14, 2023
A two-day conference in honor of Professor Jerry Caprio.
The speaker schedule and details will be released in January 2023.


Salifou Issoufou: The Role of the IMF in Fragile and Conflict-affected Countries.

The presentation examines a new IMF strategy aimed at enhancing its engagement in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCS). Key elements of the strategy include a greater tailoring of IMF’s engagement and instruments to the country-specific manifestations of fragility and conflict; a closer proximity to our most vulnerable members; and enhanced partnerships to amplify the IMF’s impacts in FCS.

Masks are required at this event.

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Quentin Wodon: Investing in Human Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Investing in Human Development in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

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Owen Ozier: Can Education be Standardized?

Can Education be Standardized? Evidence from Kenya

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Phil Gerson: Fiscal Rules and COVID–Preliminary Evidence

Using data from the pandemic, this presentation examines the impact of fiscal rules on the capacity of fiscal authorities to deal with large shocks.

Masks are required for attendance at this event.

Teresa Molina: Child Health and Parents’ Economic and Mental Wellbeing

The Long Run Impacts of Child Health on Parents’ Economic and Mental Wellbeing. Class of 1960 Lecture

Isaac Mbiti: Improving STEM Learning

Improving STEM Learning: Experimental Evidence from Urban Primary Schools in India.

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Neal Rappaport: From Taliban to Taliban

From the Taliban to the Taliban…How did 20 years in Afghanistan end in chaos?

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Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz is speaking at the CDE Convention
A female speaker is speaking in front of a lecture screen during a CDE Public Event
Ralph Chami is speaking at a CDE Public Event

Past Guest Speakers

Pierre-Richard Agenor, University of Manchester

Fakhruddin Ahmed, CDE ’71, former Chief Adviser of Bangladesh and former Governor of Bangladesh Bank

Oliver Babson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nancy Birdsall, Center for Global Development

Olivier Blanchard, International Monetary Fund

Stijn Claessens, International Monetary Fund

Angus Deaton, Princeton University and Nobel Prize Recipient

Karen Dynan, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the United States Department of the Treasury

Solomon Hsiang, University of California Berkeley

Ishrat Husain, CDE ’72, former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan

Michael Kremer, Harvard University

Eteri Kvintradze, CDE ’99, International Monetary Fund

Guillermo Ortiz, Banorte, formerly Banco Central de Mexico

Dani Rodrik, Harvard University

Andrew Steer, World Resources Institute

Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

Gary Teves, CDE ’68, former Secretary of the Department of Finance of the Philippines

Goh Chok Tong, CDE ’67, former Prime Minister of Singapore

David Weil, Brown University