WIDER Seminar Series

The 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 touching on structural transformation, inclusion, and sustainability, the three pillars of UNU-WIDER’s 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.

The programme for autumn 2018 features, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, notable guest speakers, including John Page, Brookings Institution and UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, who will speak on industrialization in Africa.  

Autumn 2018 schedule - Wednesdays at 15:00


12 September John Page, Brookings Institution and UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow 

Why is there so little industry in Africa? Does it matter? What can be done about it?
19 September

Sam Jones, UNU-WIDER Research Fellow

What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative–quantitative divide in Mozambique

10 October

David Escamilla, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science

Did Mexico send its best men? Initial Self-Selection Patterns of Mexican Migrants

17 October

Lilian Korir, PhD Candidate, University of Lincoln

The nexus between food insecurity, vulnerability and resilience: evidence from Kenya

24 October

Habtamu Beshir, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University

Contemporaneous and long-term impacts of price shocks on human capital development

31 October

Daniel Osarfo, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Lilian Korir)

Women’s empowerment and human development: micro and macro evidence from Africa

Eric Ekobor-Ackah, Mochiah PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Amèvi Kouwoaye)

Mobile money technology in Ghana: empirical analyses on savings and investment behavior, security, and inclusive growth

Kwadwo Danso-Mensah, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Shreya Bhattacharya)

The Economics of waste as a productive resource in Ghana: A focus on Household solid waste management and Patterns

Tawou-Hida Afoda, Koumateh, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Pui Yi Wong)

Climate change and agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan African countries

Linda Akoto. PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Habtamu Beshir)

Inflation dynamics among African economies: a dual perspective

7 November 

Shreya Bhattacharya, PhD Candidate, University of Houston

The Effect of Inter Caste Networks on Well Being

14 November

Pui Yi Wong, PhD Candidate University of Malaya 

The role of the state, market and society in developing ikat textile value chains in Sarawak, Malaysia

21 November 

Amèvi Kouwoaye, PhD Candidate, University of Laval

Tariff liberalization and poverty in developing countries: the role of public good