Trade and Development Workshops

Trade and Development Workshops are held on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm – 2:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) in the John W. Kendrick Seminar Room, Room 321 at 2115 G Street (unless otherwise noted). For information please contact Professor Remi Jedwab at
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International Trade and Development Workshop

Andres Rodriguez-Clare, University of California-Berkeley
Tuesday, March 23, 2017, 12:30-2:00

International Trade and Development Workshop

Ruben Durante, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 12:30-2:00


Microeconomics Seminar

Bruno Ferman, Sao Paulo School of Economics, FGV
Tuesday, October 26, 2016, 12:30-2:00

Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Interventions on Migration and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from a Quasi-Random Child Health and Family Planning Program in Bangladesh

Tania Barham, University of Colorado-Boulder
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 12:30-2:00

The Microfinance Business Model

Jonathan Morduch, New York University
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 12:30-2:00

Jonathan Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Managing Director of the Financial Access Initiative. His research centers on microfinance, social investment, and the economics of poverty. He is currently developing a theoretical framework with Jonathan Conning for understanding how governments and philanthropists can use market forces to create social change. Morduch is co-author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day (Princeton 2009) and The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press 2005, 2nd edition 2010). Morduch has worked with the United Nations and World Bank, and advises global NGOs. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and on the board of the Journal of Globalization and Development.

Crimes against Morality: Unintended Consequences of Criminalizing Sex Work

Lisa Cameron, Monash University
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 12:30-2:00

Lisa Cameron, Professor in Monash University’s Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, will present her work analyzes the impacts of sex work criminalization. Her work looks at causal estimates of the impact of criminalizing sex work on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the structure of the commercial sex
market in a developing country context. Exploiting a natural experiment that arose when local officials criminalized sex work at some worksites in East Java, Indonesia, and not at others, she estimates the impact of criminalizing sex work on the health and behavior of female sex workers and their clients. Utilizing a unique dataset- a panel data set on female sex workers and data on clients of sex workers – at both criminalized and non-criminalized worksites, she finds evidence that criminalization increased the prevalence of STIs among female sex workers at criminalized worksites, as measured by self-reports and health exams. Cameron and her co-authors argue that the main mechanism driving this increase is decreased access to condoms and health exams. Therefore, this research presents new evidence that criminalizing sex work can put an already vulnerable population in a more precarious situation.

Growth of African Economies: Productivity, Policy Syndromes, & the Importance of Institutions

Augustin Kwasi Fosu, the University of Ghana
Tuesday, November 1oth, 12:30-2:00

Augustin Kwasi Fosu is a professor at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana. He is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria. In addition, Fosu is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the University of Manchester, and the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at the University of Oxford. He is the former Deputy Director at The World Institute for Development Economics Research at United Nations University (UN University-Wider), and Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Economist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Economics. He has published widely in both labor and development economics. Prof. Fosu is co-editor of the Journal of African Economies (Oxford) and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals including: African Development Review, Feminist Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development.

Fosu’s paper looks at the evidence from the Growth Project of the African Economic Research Consortium, which suggests that ‘policy syndromes’ have substantially contributed to the generally poor growth in sub-Saharan Africa during post-independence. Fosu explores the importance of a ‘syndrome-free’ regime for growth in the region.


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