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New Frontiers in Economic Development

Spring 2015 Series

The “New Frontiers in Economic Development” series brings five leading development economists to Notre Dame during spring 2015. Each will deliver a public lecture, interact with economics faculty, graduate students, and others working on international development, and take part in intensive seminars as part of a graduate course on advanced topics in microeconomic development.

The second series of its kind organized by Faculty Fellow Joseph Kaboski, it is a joint collaboration of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and Notre Dame’s Department of Economics.

Distinguished Speakers

Chang-Tai HsiehChang-Tai Hsieh is the Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on growth and development, especially the role of firm productivity in aggregate productivity, productivity growth in the East Asian miracle economies, misallocation of inputs across establishments, and slow firm growth in developing economies.

Hsieh has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as at the World Bank's Development Economics Group and Japan’s Economic Planning Agency. He is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a senior fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a codirector of the China Economics Summer Institute, and a member of the steering group of the International Growth Center in London.

An elected member of Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, he is the recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and the Sun Yefang Economic Science Award for research on the Chinese economy.

"How Destructive Is Innovation?"

Friday, February 20
3:30pm - 724 Flanner Hall

Dave DonaldsonDave Donaldson is associate professor of economics at Stanford University. Conducting research at the intersection of international trade and development, he studies the role of trade costs and infrastructural investments in development, the role of trade in mitigating the impacts of climate change, and the relationship between international openness and famines.

Donaldson is a winner of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship and holds editorial positions at the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

"Who’s Getting Globalized? The Size and Implications of Intranational Trade Costs"

Thursday, March 26
4:00pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

Nina PavcnikNina Pavcnik is professor of economics at Dartmouth College, where she holds the Niehaus Family Professorship in International Studies.

With research interests at the intersection of international trade, development, and industrial organization, her research examines how households, workers, and firms respond to globalization. Currently, she is investigating the consequences of large-scale trade policy reforms for economic growth and inequality.

Pavcnik has consulted for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Department of Labor. A coeditor of the Journal of International Economics, she is a senior fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

"The Tradeoffs of Trade: Lessons from 30 Years of Policy Reforms in Developing Countries"

Thursday, April 9
4:00pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

David McKenzieDavid McKenzie is a lead economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 100 articles in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of EconomicsScienceReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of the European Economic AssociationAmerican Economic Journal: Applied, MicroJournal of Econometrics, and leading development journals.

McKenzie is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development EconomicsWorld Bank Economic ReviewJournal of Economic Perspectives, and Migration Studies. He is also a cofounder of and regular contributor to the Development Impact blog. Prior to joining the World Bank, McKenzie spent four years as assistant professor of economics at Stanford University.

"What Should We Do about Informal Firms? Why de Soto Is Half-Wrong and the IRS Half-Right”

Thursday, April 16
4:00pm - C103 Hesburgh Center

Imran RasulImran Rasul is professor of economics at University College London. His research covers the intersection of labor economics, development economics, and public economics, with a special interest in the role of family and social networks in understanding marriage, the family, and labor markets.

Rasul is the current director and past managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He codirects the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) as well as the Entrepreneurship Research Program, International Growth Centre (IGC), where he previously served as codirector of the IGC Human Capital Research Program. The recipient of the 2007 IZA Young Economist Prize and the 2008 CESifo Distinguished Affiliate Award, he holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

"State-Building through Compulsory Schooling: The Response of American States to Mass Migration in the Nineteenth Century"

Thursday, April 23
3:30pm - Flanner Hall Room 424




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