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Martin Ravallion - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

In 2016 WIDER Annual Lecture 20 was given by Professor Martin Ravallion. He discussed the economic and political issues surrounding the use of direct interventions, such as cash transfers and in kind contributions, against poverty. There is much hope for these interventions, but also much...

Amartya Sen - UNU-WIDER, 2016 - Helsinki, Finland

In 2015 WIDER Annual Lecture 19 was given by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He discussed the overall challenge of sustainable and human-focused development including new and old challenges. Much progress has been made on the old issues of poverty and inequality, but there remains much to be done. On...

– The Foundation for Sustainable Peace
Martti Ahtisaari - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

President Ahtisaari reminds us that social capital is a vital and too often neglected precondition for sustainable prosperity. Highlighting the good that economic growth has done in India and China, he joins Professor Amartya Sen in arguing that the significant question is not only how we achieve...

– A Political Economy Approach
C. Peter Timmer - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

In his lecture Professor Timmer highlights the vital, and precarious, period of structural transformation, when agriculture represents a declining share of the economy and labour moves to the cities. Focusing on the difficulties and paradoxes that developing economies face when navigating this...

– Fact and Fiction in Development
Lant Pritchett - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Lant Pritchett’s key line of argument in this lecture is that if the current formula that development agencies rely on for building state capability was sound, it should have worked by now. Moreover, success in building state capability typically comes from a struggle to replace bad...

– New Opportunities and Strategies for Structural Transformation in Developing Countries
Justin Lin - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

Structural transformation is a pre-requisite for sustained growth and poverty reduction — such was the conviction of development economists in the mid twentieth century. They demonstrated empirically that moving resources out of low-productivity primary activities sustains the productivity...

José Antonio Ocampo - UNU-WIDER, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

The unsettling years since 2007 have shown how unfit for the purpose the current international monetary and financial system is. On 9 December 2010, Professor José Antonio Ocampo delivered the 14th WIDER Annual Lecture at the UN headquarters in New York, formulating global recommendations...

Ronald Findlay - UNU-WIDER, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

The lecture will explore the theoretical and empirical links between international trade and economic development over a wide range of space and time, drawing on models and ideas based on his previous work and that of others. Special attention will be paid to such topics as the spice trade, the...

– The Future in the Past?
Deepak Nayyar - UNU-WIDER, 2009 - Helsinki, Finland

This lecture examines recent changes in the significance of developing countries in the world economy from a longer term historical perspective. From 1820 to 1950 developing countries experienced a sharp decline in their dominant share of world GDP and a rapid divergence in their per capita...

Kemal Dervis - UNU-WIDER, 2008 - Helsinki, Finland

The world economy entered the 21st century expanding as rapidly as ever. Developing countries are now major drivers of global growth. But not all developing countries are benefiting equally, and the future prospects of those lagging behind depend crucially on how the world community responds to...

Annual Lecture pdf
– Facts, Interpretations, and Policies
Angus Deaton - UNU-WIDER, 2007 - Helsinki, Finland

People in poor countries live shorter lives than people in rich countries so that, if we take income and health together, there is more inequality in the world than if we consider income alone. Yet international inequalities in life expectancy decreased for many years after 1945, and the strong...

Annual Lecture pdf
– Inequality and Injustice in our Global Economy
Nancy Birdsall - UNU-WIDER, 2006 - Helsinki, Finland

The Lecture addresses one of the core issues in development: how can low income countries achieve faster rates of economic growth? Reviewing the lessons to be drawn from recent history, particularly with regard to Latin America and Asia, Rodrik concludes that successful policies are invariably...

Annual Lecture pdf
Dani Rodrik - UNU-WIDER, 2005 - Helsinki, Finland

The Lecture addresses one of the core issues in development: how can low income countries achieve faster rates of economic growth? Reviewing the lessons to be drawn from recent history, particularly with regard to Latin America and Asia, Rodrik concludes that successful policies are invariably...

Annual Lecture pdf
Kaushik Basu - UNU-WIDER, 2003 - Helsinki, Finland

Kaushik Basu is known for the expert way in which he brings the tools of economic and philosophical analysis to bear on current development issues. In recent years his interests have included questions concerned with international labour standards and worker rights, particularly those related to...

Annual Lecture pdf
Jeffrey G. Williamson - UNU-WIDER, 2002 - Helsinki, Finland

Jeffrey Williamson is renowned as both an exemplary teacher and an outstanding scholar of economic history. His work has covered—and continues to cover—a wide range of historical and contemporary topics, including growth, trade, migration, living standards and inequality. All these...

Annual Lecture pdf
– A Neglected Dimension of Development
Frances Stewart - UNU-WIDER, 2002 - Helsinki, Finland

In this lecture Frances Stewart expands on some of the central themes of her studies for WIDER. She documents the ways in which political power, social demarcations and economic differences combine to produce horizontal inequalities between population subgroups within countries, and the impact of...

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