Trade and Development Seminars

Topics in the area of poverty, international trade, economic development and growth are addressed. The series allows students and faculty to present research ideas and results, with invited speakers from agencies and academia rounding out the program.

Seminars are held on Fridays from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in 119 Ruttan Hall.

Fall 2020 - all seminars presented via Zoom

  • September 11, no seminar
  • September 18, 3:00 PM, Karthik Muralidharan, Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of California-San Diego — Improving Early-Childhood Human Development:  Experimental Evidence from India
  • September 25, Eeshani Kandpal, Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank —Cash Transfers, Food Prices, and Nutrition Impacts on Non-beneficiary Children
  • October 2, Leonard Wantchekon, Professor, Politics and International Affairs,Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University —The Strength of Weak Ties: Education Externalities and Intergenerational Mobility in Benin
  • October 9, Lauren Falcao Bergquist, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics,University of Michigan — Scaling Up Agricultural Policy Interventions: Theory and Evidence from Uganda
  • October 16, no seminar
  • October 23, Lori Beaman, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Northwestern University — Using Information within Networks to Improve Targeting:  Evidence from Liberia
  • October 30, Natalia Ordaz Reynoso, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics,University of Minnesota — Paid Maternity Leave and Women's Human Capital:  Evidence from California
  • November 6, Leah Bevis, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University — Soils and South Asian Stunting:  Soil Zinc Deficiency Drives Child Stunting in Nepal
  • November 13, Nava Ashraf, Professor and Research Director of the Marshall Institute, Department of Economics, London School of Economics — Maternal Mortality Risk and Spousal Differences in Desired Fertility
  • November 20, Haseeb Ali, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — Food Price Disparities in Africa: The Role of Borders, Geography and Roads
  • November 27 - THANKSGIVING
  • December 4, no seminar
  • December 11, Joyce Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural,Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University —Tracking Climate Migration in Bangladesh

Speakers from Seminars in Previous Semesters:

Spring 2020 - all seminars are cancelled due to COVID-19

  • March 13, SPRING BREAK
  • March 20, Leah Bevis, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, The Ohio State University — "Long Term Nutrition Impacts of the Green Revolution in India"
  • March 27, Valerie Mueller, Assistant Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Arizona State University —
  • April 3, Eeshani Kandpal, Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank —
  • April 10, Michael Olabisi, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University —
  • April 17, MIEDC - Midwest International Economic Development Conference
  • April 24, Leonard Wantchekon, Professor, Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University —
  • May 1, Pamela Jakiela, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Fall 2019

  • September 6, Rohan Gudibande, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota — "Immigration and Crime in Switzerland: Evidence from Micro Data"
  • September 13, Christopher Neilson, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University — "Screening and Recruiting Talent at Teacher Colleges using Predicted Teacher Effectiveness"
  • September 20, C. Ford Runge, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota and Linnea Graham, Master's Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Hunger as War: Hitler's Hunger Plan, Native American Resettlement and Yemen"
  • September 27, Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist/Africa, World Bank — "Empowering Adolescent Girls in the Face of War and Disease:  Evidence from South Sudan and Sierra Leone"
  • October 4
  • October 11, Rema Hanna, Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard College —"The Challenges of Universal Health Insurance in Developing Countries: Evidence from a Large-scale Randomized Experiment in Indonesia"
  • October 18, NO SEMINAR TODAY
  • October 25, Rob Garlick, Assistant Professor of Economics, Economics Department, Duke University — "Job Search and Hiring with Two-Sided Information Frictions"
  • November 1, Jose Casco Guerra, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Intra-Household Allocations and Consumption Inequality under Cash Transfers and Violence"
  • November 8, Laura Derksen, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Mississauga — "Searching for Answers: The Impact of Student Access to Wikipedia"
  • November 15, Yang Song, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Colgate University — "Labor Market Outcomes, Cognitive and Noncognitive Skills in Rural China"
  • November 22, Jeffrey Michler, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Arizona — "Empirically Estimating the Impact of Weather on Agriculture"
  • December 6, Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris Public Policy, The University of Chicago — "Gangs of Medellín: How Organized Crime is Organized"

Spring 2019

  • January 25, Richard Akresh, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — "Long-term and Intergenerational Effects of Education: Evidence from School Construction in Indonesia"
  • February 1, Adrienne Lucas, Associate Professor, Lerner Business and Economics, University of Delaware — "When What You Want is Not What You Need: Information and School Choice" (co-authors Kehinde Ajayi and Willa Friedman)
  • February 8, Paul Christian, Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank — "Targeting Regimes for Productive Public Goods"
  • February 15
  • February 22, Yang Song, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Colgate University (Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, spring/summer 2019) — "College Matching Mechanisms and Matching Quality:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China"
  • March 1
  • March 8, David Zilberman, Professor and Robinson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Berkeley — "Innovation and Supply Chains" - this is the Willard W. Cochrane Lecture in Public Policy, taking the place of the Trade & Development Seminar today, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 105 Cargill Building of Microbial and Plant Genomics, please register here:  https://cfans.wufoo.com/forms/z1ugszdc0dvtjfu/
  • March 15, Dave Donaldson, Professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology — NOTE TIME CHANGE:  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. "The Bigger the Better? Using Lotteries to Identify the Allocative Efficiency Effects of Firm Size" (co-authors Paul Carrillo, GWU; Dina Pomeranz, U Zurich; Monica Singhal, UC-Davis)
  • March 22, SPRING BREAK
  • March 29, Julieth Santamaria, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Venezuelan Exodus: The Effect of Mass Migration on Labor Market Outcomes"
  • April 5
  • April 12, Paul Glewwe, Professor, and Ricardo Montero, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "The Effect of Teacher Training on Pedagogical Skill"
  • April 19, Rebecca Dizon-Ross, Assistant Professor of Economics and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business — "Incentivizing Behavioral Change:  The Role of Time Preferences"
  • April 26, 16th Midwest International Economic Development Conference, Madison, WI
  • May 3, Anusha Nath, Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis — "Effect of Constitutional Provisions on Education Policy and Outcomes"
  • May 10, Scott Dallman, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota —"How Has the Opioid Crisis Affected U.S. Foster Care Systems?"

Fall 2018

  • October 5, Anant Nyshadham, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Boston College — "Relational Contracting Inside the Firm"
  • October 12, Loren Brandt, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto — "Barriers to Entry and Regional Economic Growth in China"
  • October 19, Paul Gertler, Li Ka Shing Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley —"Making Entrepreneurs:  The Returns to Training Youth in Hard Versus Soft Business Skills"
  • October 26, Jose Casco Guerra, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Conditional Cash Transfers, Bargaining Power and Household Time Allocation: The Human Development Bonus in Ecuador"
  • November 2, Jessica Zhu, PhD Candidate, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison — "Heterogeneous Farmers' Technology Adoption Decisions:  Good on Average is not Good Enough"
  • November 9, Wahed Rahman, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Can Plot-specific and Community-wide Recommendations Influence Fertilizer Management of Farmers? Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh"
  • November 16, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University — "Incomplete Information and Product Quality in Rural Markets: Evidence from an Experimental Auction for Maize in Senegal"
  • November 23, Thanksgiving holiday - no seminar
  • November 30, Elizabeth Davis, Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota and Caroline Krafft, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, St. Catherine University — "Income Inequality in Egypt and Tunisia: Sources and Streams of Income"
  • December 7, Adrienne Lucas, Associate Professor, Lerner Business and Economics, University of Delaware — **POSTPONED until February 1, 2019**
  • December 14, Natalia Ordaz Reynoso, PhD Program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Indigenous Languages, Prejudice, and Learning in Peru"

Spring 2018

  • February 2, Caroline Krafft, Assistant Professor, Economics Department, St. Catherine University — "The Impact of Refugees on Employment and Wages in Jordan" Seminar Flyer
  • February 9, Laura Schechter, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison — "Spillovers without Social Interactions in Urban SanitationSeminar Flyer
  • February 23, Khandker Wahedur Rahman, PhD Student, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Effect of Foreign Migration on School Choice of Kids Remaining Back at Home: Analysis Using Bangladesh HIES DataSeminar Flyer
  • March 9, Li-Pin Juan, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "A Life-Cycle Analysis of Wealth Taxation with Entrepreneurship and HousingSeminar Flyer 
  • March 23, Jeffrey Bloem, PhD program, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "How Much Does the Cardinal Treatment of Ordinal Variables Matter? An Empirical Investigation"
  • March 30, James Seale, Professor, Food & Resource Economics Department, University of Florida — "International Food Consumption Patterns:  Selected Results using a "New" Family of Demand Systems"
  • April 6, Sam Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen — "How can the returns to education be so high when school quality is so low? A view from East AfricaSeminar Flyer
  • April 13, John Hoddinott, Babcock Professor of Food & Nutrition Economics and Policy, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University — "Transfer Modalities, Behavior Change Communication and Child Nutrition: Evidence from Bangladesh"
  • April 20, David Evans, Lead Economist, Africa Region, The World Bank — "Management, Supervision, and Health Care: A Field Experiment"  Paper available online at http://www.nber.org/papers/w23749.pdf
  • April 27-28, Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MIEDC), McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
  • May 4, Eric Verhoogen, Professor, Department of Economics & School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University — "Using Exchange Rates to Estimate Production Functions: Evidence from ColombiaSTART TIME CHANGE -- 10:45 am until Noon