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 spring 2018 features, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, several notable guest speakers, including Vincent Somville of the Norwegian School of Economics, who will speak on barriers to female empowerment, and Sanchari Roy of King's College London, who will present on inheritance rights reform in India. 

Spring 2018 schedule - Wednesdays at 15:00

More information on this spring's presentations can be found through the links below.

14 February Philip Verwimp, Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles 
Impact evaluation of an off-gride energy project in rural Burundi
7 March Carlos Gradín, Research Fellow, UNU-WIDER
Occupational gender segregation in post-apartheid South Africa
14 March Faraz Usmani, PhD Candidate, Duke University
Fracking, farmers, and rural electrification in India

Larissa Nawo, PhD Candidate, Dschang School of Economics and Management
Why are African ruling elites so enamoured with sovereign wealth funds?
21 March Kalle Hirvonen, Research Fellow, IFPRI
The impact of large-scale social protection interventions on grain prices in poor countries: Evidence from Ethiopia
28 March Vincent Somville, Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics
Barriers to female empowerment: Evidence from a field experiment in Tanzania
4 April Sanchari Roy, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London
Women’s inheritance rights reform and the preference for sons in India
11 April Patricia Justino, Research Fellow, IDS
On the legacies of wartime governance
18 April Lore Vandewalle, Assistant Professor, The Graduate Institute
Identities and public policies: Unintended effects of political reservations for women in India


Missed out on our autumn 2017 sessions? Learn what was covered here