WIDER Seminar Series

© UNU-WIDERThe WIDER Seminar Series showcases the latest research on key topics in development economics. It provides a forum for senior and early-career researchers, both inhouse and external, to 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 policy makers and others interested in development to learn about the latest research methods and findings.

© UNU-WIDERIn autumn 2021, the Seminar Series events take place on Wednesdays from 16:00–17:00, unless indicated with an asterisk. All those interested are invited to register and attend via Zoom. Recordings and presentations from past events are available here.


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

22 January Bereket Kebede, School of International Development

Endowment Effects and Gender in the Efficiency and Equity of Team Allocation
23 January* 
This event will take place on Thursday from 15:00-16:00
Neil Ruiz, Pew Research Center

Demographic Trends and Attitudes towards Migration Globally 
29 January  Emma Nkonoki, Fingo 

Inclusive innovation ecosystems - why we need NGOs to ensure that 'no one is left behind'
5 February Sushanta Mallick, Queen Mary University

Is financial inclusion good for banks?
12 February Saurabh Singhal, Lancaster University

Inequality, corruption and cooperation
27 February*
This event will take place on Thursday from 14:00-15:00
Markus Jäntti, Stockholm University

Income distribution in Uganda – a tax register-based assessment
04 March Osman Ouattara, University of Manchester

Temperature shocks and Inflation: are there any ramifications?
11 March Marijke Verpoorten, University of Antwerp

Would you fight? We asked aggrieved artisanal miners in Eastern Congo 
12 March*
This event will take place on Thursday from 15:00-16:00
Jeffrey Hammer, Princeton University

One hundred homes - a visual survey of wealth and poverty in India
18 March  
Marcela Ibanez, University of Göttingen

The intrinsic value of decision making: Evidence from a bargaining experiment in Egypt
20 April
Rajeev Goel, Illinois State University

Corruption beyond the glass ceiling: do women entrepreneurs perceive corruption differently?
29 April
Andrea Vaccaro | UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Comparing cross-national measures of state capacity
28 May
Rajesh Raj Seethamma Natarajan, UNU-WIDER Visiting Scholar 

Are informal jobs the pathway to formal jobs? Evidence from India
10 June
Svetlana Ledyaeva, Aalto University

Trade diversion effects of China’s VAT export rebates
22 & 24 June
WIDER PHD Fellows - Distance programme
2019 - spring
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 Bari

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
2019 - autumn
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

Enhancing socio-economic benefits of the mining industry in Tanzania: ten key priorities
25 September  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, Stockholm University

The low quality trap: evidence from the market for maize in Uganda
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
28 October
*This seminar is on a Monday
Rekha Ravindran, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow The relationship between structural transformation and income inequality in developing economies Thanh Bui, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

The intergenerational persistence of human capital in Vietnam
6 November Mehwish Ghulan Ali, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Do son preferences cause a gap between desired and actual fertility in Pakistan?

Rugazia Nyombi, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow Rural economy diversification and its effects on food security of households in Tanzania Alysson Portella, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow 

Racial social norms and education: “whitening” ideology and students’ performance in Brazil
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

Voting corrupt politicians out of office? Evidence from a survey experiment in Paraguay
20 November WeiWei Chen, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow The political economy of Chinese private investment in Ethiopia: a case study of Eastern Industry Park Joshua Magero Otieno, UNU-WIDER PhD Fellow

Ethnicity, politics and wellbeing in Kenya
4 December   Fantu Cheru, School of International Service, American University
Christopher Cramer, SOAS, University of London

The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian economy
11 December  Mariapia Mendola, University of Milano-Bicocca

Agricultural transformation and farmers' expectations 
18 December Erwin Bulte, Wageningen University

Participatory resource management, elite capture and local livelihoods


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