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.


Thank you for a great academic year 2022-2023. Events for the upcoming 2023-2024 season will be announced in late August. Check out listings for our past seminars below.


2023 Conference

Finance and Development |  April 13-14, 2023
A two-day conference in honor of Professor Jerry Caprio.
Use the link above to access schedule and details.


Jenny C. Aker: It’s all fun and games? Using WTP Experiments for Longer-Term Impacts

This paper uses a Becker-DeGroot-Marschak (BDM) experiment in a randomized control trial (RCT) to test the long-term impacts of an improved storage technology. It finds positive and persistent short-term treatment effects on adoption, usage, storage behavior, reduced pesticide use, and improved health outcomes.

Uwe Sunde: Preference Convergence Around the World?

Individual preferences are the core of human decision making models. While recent evidence has documented profound preference heterogeneity across and within populations, little is known about its dynamics. Here we test whether heterogeneity in preferences related to time, risk, and social interactions persists or instead converges among more recent birth cohorts across and within countries….

Ralph Chami: Toward a Nature-Based Economy

More info soon

Jessica Leight is speaking at a CDE Public Event
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