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.


Protected: CDE/Per Jacobsson Speaker Series: Secretary General for MoD Gelardina Prodani (CDE ’09, Albania)

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2025 Conference

A two-day conference bringing key economists to share their research on a topic of the year.

Professional Development Teas

9/18/23 Andrew Powell Williams College Sudden Stops During COVID: The Dog that Didn’t Bark
10/9/23 Anna Gelpern Georgetown Law, Washington DC Current Challenges for Debt Restructuring in Developing Countries
10/23/23 Andrew Powell Williams College Commodity Markets: A Primer and Review
11/13/23 Eric Parrado Inter American Development Bank, Chief Economist Managing Natural Resources Revenues
11/27/23 Samuel Berlinski Inter American Development Bank, Chief Economist Health Inequality in Latin America and Caribbean
12/04/23 Andrew Powell Williams College Multilateral Financing: Squeezing More Toothpaste from the Tube


CDE/Per Jacobsson Speaker Series: Ambassador Elsie Kanza (CDE 2000)

Dr. Elsie S. Kanza is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States of America and Mexico. Prior to taking on this role, she served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Executive Committee and Special Adviser to its President. From 2011 to 2020,…

Ralph Chami: Remittances

This talk explores the significant impact of remittances on fragile countries and highlights their role in fostering resilience and stability amidst challenging socio-political landscapes

A photo of Ralph Chami

Burak Uras: Asymmetric Group Loan Contracts

This study investigates the potential of asymmetric contracts in microfinance, revealing their ability to simultaneously enhance financial stability and profitability without sacrificing borrower welfare. Through experimental and theoretical analyses, the research demonstrates the robustness of these benefits across different borrower relationships and market conditions. The findings suggest that asymmetric contracts offer a promising solution to…

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

Ahmed Kaikaus, CDE '00, World Bank

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