WIDER Seminar Series

© UNU-WIDERThe WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. At the weekly sessions, early-career and senior researchers present recent and ongoing work related to UNU-WIDER’s current work programme.

In addition to providing a forum for both academic debate and training, the series presents an opportunity for local policy makers and others interested in development to learn about the latest research methods and findings.

© UNU-WIDERThe programme for 2019 features, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, notable guest speakers, including a presentation from James A. Robinson, University of Chicago, on business and fragility in Africa; Ashwini Deshpande, Delhi University on women's participation in the labour force; and Maurizio Bussolo presenting a new World Bank Report. 

The Seminar Series events take place on Wednesdays from 15:00-16:00 at UNU-WIDER unless indicated with an asterisks. Seminars will be live streamed on Facebook and recordings and presentations will be available after the event here. For more information email: richardson@wider.unu.edu

2019 - Upcoming events

The Seminar Series events take place on Wednesdays from 15-16:00 at UNU-WIDER except where indicated with an asterisk.

28 August Olivier Bargain, University of Bordeaux

Intra-household allocation and individual poverty
18 September Simone Bertoli, CERDI University of Auvergne

Co-residence patterns of the individuals left behind by the migrants and their analytical implications: evidence from Mexico 
23 September

*This seminar will take place on a Monday from 15:30-16:30

Jambo Hamisi Ramadhani, UONGOZI Institute

25 September  Philippe De Vreyer and
François Roubaud, 
DIAL (Développement, Institutions et Mondialisation) 

The informal economy in developing countries: measurement issues and economic challenges
9 October Mazhar Waseem, University of Manchester

Pecuniary and non-pecuniary motivations for tax compliance: evidence from Pakistan
10 October  Inmaculada Martinez Zarzoso, University of Göttingen

Gender gap and firm performance in
developing countries
16 October Jakob Svensson, Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES), Stockholm University
23 October
*This seminar is not recorded or streamed
Oded Stark, Universities of Bonn and Warsaw

Repercussions of negatively selective migration
for the behavior of non-migrants when
preferences are social
8 November*

This event will take place on Friday from 15:00-16:00
Ravi Pendakur, University of Ottawa

The impact of federal modern agreements on income inequality in Indigenous communities
13 November Stephane Straub, Toulouse School of Economics
4 December   Fantu Cheru, School of International Service, American University
Christopher Cramer, SOAS, University of London
11 December  Mariapia Mendola, University of Milano-Bicocca
18 December Erwin Bulte, Wageningen University
2019 - Past events
23 January*
This event will take place from 14:00-15:00
Maurizio Bussolo, World Bank

Towards a new social contract – taking on distributional tensions in Europe and Central Asia
6 February Costanza Biavaschi, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Taking the skill bias out of global migration
20 February Ashwini Deshpande, Ashoka University, India

Choice, constraints and cultural norms: understanding factors underlying women's labour force participation
27 February Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University

Decentralized targeting of agricultural credit in West Bengal: private vs. political intermediaries
13 March Michael Woolcock, World Bank
Lant Pritchett, Harvard University

Building state capability: evidence, analysis, action
20 March* 
Professor McMillan will present via video conference
Margaret McMillan, Tufts University  

Structural change and labor productivity in sub-Saharan Africa

22 March* 
This event will take place on Friday from 16:00-17:30

James Robinson, University of Chicago

Business and fragility in Africa – solution or problem?
27 March Sandra Halvorsen, PhD candidate at the Norwegian School of Economics

Factory employment and fertility decisions: Field experimental evidence from Ethiopia

3 April Vegard Iversen, The University of Manchester  

Employee referral, social proximity and worker discipline: theory and suggestive evidence from India

10 April

Maureen Were, UNU-WIDER

Is export-led growth a mirage? The case of Kenya
17 April**
Saidou Abdoulaye Sy, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Measuring energy poverty in Senegal: A new multidimensional energy poverty index focusing on fuzzy sets approach
17 April
Opeyemi Akinyemi, Covenant University, Nigeria

Green energy and green growth strategy for the sustainable development of sub-Saharan Africa
8 May Aimable Nsabimana, University of Rwanda 

Weathering shocks: the effects of weather shocks on farm input use in sub-Saharan Africa
10 May Ritwik Banerjee, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore 

The link between corruption and tax evasion - an experimental investigation
15 May Ebaidalla Mahjoub Ahmed, University of Khartoum

Understanding inequality of opportunity in child health in Sudan
22 May Vito Peragine, University of

Measuring inequality of opportunity: recent empirical findings and some new theoretical results
29 May**
Khoa Vu, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

The causal relationship between parental and children's educational attainment: Evidence from Vietnam
4 June**
*This event will take place on Tuesday from 11:00-11:30
Patricia Funjika, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Colonial Origin, Ethnicity and Intergenerational Mobility in Africa
4 June**
*This event will take place on Tuesday from 11:30-12:00
Shreshti Rawat, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Inequality of opportunity: informal sector estimates for India and policy implications
12 June
*This seminar is not recorded or streamed.
Amina Ebrahim, UNU-WIDER

Can a wage subsidy system help reduce 50 per cent youth unemployment? Evidence from South Africa
19 June
*This seminar is not recorded or streamed
Charles Gore, UNU-WIDER

Inequality Reduction as a Global Goal: The Nature and Logic of SDG 10
26 June Sanjay Reddy, recent member of the Independent High-level Team of Advisers to ECOSOC​

The UN’s Development Function: Time for Renewal


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