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 2018

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

Fall 2017

  • September 8,  A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and School of Management, Yale University — "Effects of Emigration on Rural Labor Markets"
  • September 15, No Seminar
  • September 22, No Seminar
  • September 29,  Julieth Santamaria, PhD Student, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Are Disaster Funds Enough to Smooth Consumption?"
  • October 6, Isaac Mbiti, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia — "Results from two (related) papers that examine the effect of teacher incentives on student learning outcomes in Tanzania"
  • October 13, Bruce Wydick, Professor of Economics and International Development, University of San Francisco — "An Empirical Investigation into the Nestlé Infant Formula Controversy"
  • October 20, Paul Dower, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison — "Asymmetry in Civic Information: An Experiment on Tax Incidence among SMEs in Togo"
  • October 27, No Seminar
  • November 3, Chris Boyd Leon, PhD Student, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Are Rural Microsavings Commercially Viable? Experimental Evidence from a For-Profit Financial Education Program in Peru"
  • November 10, No Seminar
  • November 17, Jon Einar Flatnes, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University — "A Little Skin in the Microfinance Game: Reducing Moral Hazard in Joint Liability Group Lending Through a Mandatory Collateral Requirement"
  • November 24,  No Seminar, Thanksgiving
  • November 30, Nathan Nunn, Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University — "Social Structure and Conflict: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa"   (Note DAY/TIME Change -- Thursday, 12:00-1:30 pm)
  • December 8, Tomoko Utsumi, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "The “Scarring” Effects of Informal Employment in Indonesia"


Spring 2017

  • January 20, Weiwen Leung, PhD Student, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota — Topic to be Determined
  • February 3, NO SEMINAR — Jenny Aker, Tufts University, seminar postponed until February 17
  • February 10, Ragui Assaad, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota — "The Impact of Early Marriage on Women’s Employment in the Middle East and North AfricaSeminar Flyer
  • February 17, Jenny Aker, Associate Professor of Development Economics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University — "Call Me Educated: Evidence from a Mobile Monitoring Experiment in Niger" (with Christopher Ksoll)  Seminar Flyer Seminar Paper
  •  March 3, Paul Glewwe, Professor; Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "What Explains Vietnam’s Exceptional Performance in Education Relative to Other Countries?  Analysis of the 2012 PISA Data, Preliminary ResultsSeminar Flyer
  • March 10, Anita Mukherjee, Assistant Professor - Risk and Insurance, School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison — "The Perils of Pressure in Promoting Merit Goods: Evidence from a Sales Experiment In India"  (Camille Boudot)  Seminar Flyer
  • March 17, Spring Break, No Seminar
  • March 24, Jason Kerwin, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Peers and Motivation at Work: Evidence from a Firm Experiment in Malawi"
  • March 31, Martín Valdivia, GRADE (Group for the Analysis of Development), Peru — "Soap Operas and the Management of Seasonal Rural Finance: Evidence from Peruvian Agricultural Households"  (with Alberto Chong, Georgia State University)  
  • April 7, Kira Villa, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico — "Intergenerational Transmission of Mother to Child Health: Evidence from Cebu the Philippines"
  • April 14, Hamid Mohtadi, Adjunct Professor, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota; Professor, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee — "Oil, Taxation and Transparency"

Fall 2016

  • September 16, Sebastian Galiani, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland — "Electoral Reciprocity in Programmatic Redistribution: Experimental EvidencePaper available  Seminar Flyer
  • September 23, Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank — "Does Large Farm Establishment Create Benefits for Neighboring Smallholders? Evidence from Ethiopia" — Recipient of the 2016 University of Minnesota Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals.  Please join us at the Award Ceremony and Reception immediately following the seminar.  Paper available  Seminar Flyer
  • September 30, Lindsey Novak, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, U of MN — "School of Thought: Education and Female Genital Cutting in Burkina FasoSeminar Flyer
  • October 7, No Seminar
  • October 14, Xi Chen, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health & Institution for Social & Policy Studies, Yale University — "Smog in Our Brains: Gender Difference in the Impact of Exposures to Air Pollution on Cognitive PerformanceSeminar Flyer   If you would like a copy of the paper, please contact Ellen Carlson @ ejc@umn.edu.
  • October 21, Leah Bevis, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics, Ohio State University — "State-Conditioned Soil Investment in Rural UgandaSeminar Flyer
  • October 28, No Seminar
  • November 4, Adan Silverio Murillo, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Dropping Out of School under a Conditional Cash Transfer Program: The Role of Gender, Bullying and the Death of a ParentSeminar Flyer
  • November 11, Patrick McEwan, Professor, Wellesley College — "External and Internal Validity of a Geographic Quasi-Experiment Embedded in Cluster-Randomized ExperimentSeminar Flyer  Paper Available
  • November 18, Akinori Kitsuki, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Seasonality of Food Insecurity in Rural ZambiaSeminar Flyer
  • November 25, No seminar, Thanksgiving
  • December 2, Harounan Kazianga, Oklahoma State University — "The Medium-Term Impacts of Girl-Friendly Schools: Seven-Year Evidence from School Construction in Burkina FasoSeminar Flyer
  • December 9, Camilo Bohorquez Penuela, PhD candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "The Impact of Subsidized Health Care on Food Expenditure and Food Insecurity: Evidence from Colombia"

Spring Semester 2016

  • February 5, Caroline Krafft, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, St. Catherine University — "The Impact of a Community Development and Poverty Reduction Program on Early Childhood Development in Morocco"
  • February 12, Suzanne Wisniewski, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of St. Thomas — "Childhood Obesity Among the Poor in Peru:  Are There Implications for Cognitive Outcomes?"
  • February 19, Andrew Cassey, Associate Professor, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University and Visiting Scholar, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "The Localization of Processed Food Products Over Time"
  • February 26, Adan Silverio Murillo, PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Do You Really Know the Income of Your Spouse?"
  • March 4, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Associate Professor of Education and Economics, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University — "Medium Term Educational Consequences of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs: Experimental Evidence from Colombia"  (Leigh L. Linden and Juan Esteban Saavedra)
  • March 11, No seminar
  • March 18, Spring Break (no seminar)
  • March 25, Marc Bellemare, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Contract Farming and Food Security"
  • April 1, Esther Delesalle, Visiting Scholar, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "The Return of Child Labor on the Farm: The Case of Rural Tanzania"
  • April 8, Sebastian Galiani, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland — "Electoral Reciprocity in Programmatic Redistribution: Evidence from Honduran Experiments"
  • April 15, Nicholas Magnan, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, The University of Georgia — "Social Drivers of Aspirations Formation and Failure in Rural Nepal"  (with Sarah Janzen, Sudhindra Sharma, William Thompson)  (Paper)
  • April 22, Carolina Castilla, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Colgate University — "Gender Differences in the Trust Game: Evidence from a Field Experiment between Spouses in India"  (Paper)
  • April 29, Manisha Shah, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA — "Workfare and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from India"
  • May 6, 2016 Midwest International Economic Development Conference being held in Minneapolis (no seminar)

Fall Semester 2015

  • September 11, Xavier Gine, The World Bank — "Forecasting When it Matters: Evidence from Semi-Arid India"
  • September 25, Jessica Leight, Williams College — "Maternal Bargaining Power, Parental Compensation and Non-cognitive Skills in Rural China"
  • October 2, Julie Buhl-Wiggers, University of Copenhagen — "Heterogeneous Gender Disparities in Education: Evidence from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania"
  • October 9, Aine Seitz McCarthy, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "His and Her Fertility Preferences: An Experimental Evaluation of Asymmetric Information in Tanzania"
  • October 16, Jason Kerwin, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota — "Income Timing, Temptation and Expenditures: Field Experimental Evidence from Malawi"
  • October 23, Rebecca Thornton, University of Illinois — "Making The Grade: Understanding What Works for Teaching and Scaling Up Literacy Programming in Rural Uganda" (230 Ruttan Hall)
  • November 13, Anusha Nath, Department of Economics, University of Minnesota — "Bureaucrats and Politicians: How Does Electoral Competition Affect Bureaucratic Performance?"
  • November 20, Emilia Tjernström, University of Wisconsin at Madison, "Signals, Similarity and Seeds: Social Learning in the Presence of Imperfect Information and Heterogeneity"  Paper
  • November 27, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 4, Faress Bhuiyan, Carleton College, "Perceptions versus Reality: Life Satisfaction and Economic Position Relative to Neighbors"