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 working in development to learn about the latest research methods and findings.

The programme for autumn 2017 features, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, several notable guest speakers, including Shi Li of the Beihin Normal University, who will present on the latest shifts in income inequality in China. Joseph Vecci of the University of Gothenburg, and Selim Gulesci of Universita’ Bocconi, will also present their work as part of the seminar series.

Autumn 2017 schedule - Wednesdays at 15:00

More information on this autumn's presentations, including abstracts, can be found through the links. 

30 August Shi Li, Professor, Beijing Normal University 
Recent changes in income inequality in China
6 September Sowmya Dhanaraj, Lecturer, Madras School of Economics
Women in Work: Easing entry and improving job retention - Insights from a panel analysis in India
13 September David Carment, Professor, Carleton University 
Exiting the fragility trap: Rethinking our approach to the world’s most fragile states
20 September Shiqi Guo, PhD student, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
How does straw burning affect urban air quality in China?

Abrams Tagem, PhD student, University of Nottingham 
The economics and politics of foreign aid and domestic revenue mobilization
27 September Joseph Vecci, Post-doctoral researcher, University of Gothenburg 
Religion, leadership and coordination: Evidence from a lab experiment in the field
11 October Venkata Krishna Nadella, PhD student, Indiana University
Social group identity, electoral reservations, and entrepreneurship: Evidence from India

Alma Boustati, PhD research intern, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Determinants of Female Labour Force Participation in Jordan: A Microeconomic Analysis
18 October Pauline Rossi, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam 
Private health investments under competing risks: Evidence from malaria control in Senegal
1 November Selim Gulesci, Assistant Professor, Bocconi University 
Moral hazard: Experimental evidence from tenancy contracts
8 November Anne Kantel, PhD student, American University
Decentralizing or delegitimizing environmental governance? ‘Scapegoating’ and ‘tribalizing’ as mechanisms of power in Uganda’s hybrid regime

Virgi Sari, PhD student, University of Manchester
Decentralization and education quality in Indonesia: the relative role of government policy vis-à-vis political and social norms 
15 November Miguel Niño-Zarazúa, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
Information externalities, programmatic spending and voting preferences: The case of Mexico’s Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera programme
22 November Anirban Mitra, Lecturer, University of Kent
Cash for votes: Evidence from India
29 November Yao Pan, Assistant Professor, Aalto University
Aladdin’s lamp unleashed: Successful social programmes over local political cycles