Collaborative Effort Brings Leading Development Economists to Notre Dame

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

Five of the world’s preeminent development economists are visiting Notre Dame this spring as part of the series “New Frontiers in Economic Development,” sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies in collaboration with the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Letters.

Joseph Kaboski Joseph Kaboski, David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Associate Professor of Economics.

Joseph Kaboski, David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Associate Professor of Economics and a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow, organized the series to introduce the campus community to some of the best work being done today in development economics.

“This series is a wonderful chance to put our graduate students and faculty in contact with some of the leading scholars in the field of microeconomic development, offering a great combination of empirical research and applied theory,” says Kaboski.

Human development is one of the Institute’s core research themes, says Kellogg Institute Director Paolo Carozza.

“This initiative to engage world-class development economists is part of a broader collaborative effort at the University to build a great program on human development that addresses critical real-world problems,” he says.

Each distinguished economist’s visit will include a public lecture as well as two three-hour sessions with students in Kaboski’s graduate seminar on advanced microeconomic development.

“Our students will have the rare opportunity to get up to speed on the frontier research of these scholars—and bounce their own ideas off them as well,” says Kaboski. “I don’t believe there is another course anywhere on this topic that has brought together this level of talent in one graduate economics seminar.”

According to Gilbert F. Schaefer Professor of Economics Richard Jensen, the series will also serve to introduce top-tier economists to the strengths and aspirations of the department, which has risen rapidly in academic rankings in recent years.

“There is no better way to spread the word among the leaders of the profession about the great program that we are building here,” says Jensen, a Kellogg faculty fellow and chair of the Department of Economics.

Development economist Michael Kremer kicks off the “New Frontiers in Economic Development” visiting lecture series Development economist Michael Kremer kicks off the “New Frontiers in Economic Development” visiting lecture series

The series kicked off on January 24 with a Kellogg Institute lecture by Michael Kremer, the Gates Professor of Developing Societies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and scientific director of Development Innovation Ventures for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His recent research examines education and health in developing countries, immigration, and globalization.

In March and April, the Kellogg Institute and the Department of Economics will welcome four additional scholars to campus:

Orazio Attanasio, professor of economics at University College London, is research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where he directs the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies. Known for the evaluation and design of policies in developing countries, he has advised the Mexican government on the Oportunidades program and evaluated Familias en Acción, a Colombian anti-poverty program.

Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics at Stanford University, studies the impact of uncertainty shocks, managerial and organizational economics, and innovation and technology. A rising star, he won the 2010 Frisch Medal for his research on macroeconomic uncertainty.

Andy Newman, professor of economics at Boston University, has improved the theoretical understanding of the role of income inequality in economic development, migration, and development. His recent work has focused on the relationship between economic organizations, industrial organization, and development.

Mark Rosenzweig, the Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics and director of the Economic Growth Center at Yale University, examines causes and consequences of economic development as well as international migration. He has made seminal contributions to understanding economic development, combining theory with empirical work focused mainly in India and China.

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