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 autumn 2018 features, in addition to UNU-WIDER researchers, notable guest speakers, including John Page, Brookings Institution and UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow, who will speak on industrialization in Africa.  

Autumn 2018 schedule - Wednesdays at 15:00


12 September John Page, Brookings Institution and UNU-WIDER Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow 

Why is there so little industry in Africa? Does it matter? What can be done about it?
19 September

Sam Jones, UNU-WIDER Research Fellow

What does it mean to be poor? Investigating the qualitative–quantitative divide in Mozambique

10 October

David Escamilla-Guerrero, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics and Political Science

Self-selection of Mexican Emigrants in the presence of random shocks: Evidence from the Panic of 1907

18 October*

This event will take place on Thursday from 14:00-15:00

Lilian Korir, PhD Candidate, University of Lincoln

The nexus between food insecurity, vulnerability and resilience: evidence from Kenya

24 October

Habtamu Beshir, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University

Impacts of contemporaneous and early life price shocks on human capital production

31 October*

This event will take place from 11:00-14:00

Daniel Osarfo, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Lilian Korir)

Women’s empowerment and human development: micro and macro evidence from Africa

Eric Ekobor-Ackah, Mochiah PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Amèvi Kouwoaye)

Mobile money technology in Ghana: empirical analyses on savings behavior, security, and inclusiveness

Kwadwo Danso-Mensah, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Shreya Bhattacharya)

Solid waste management in Ghana: Economic analyses of households' recycling decisions and participayion willingness in recycling schemes. 

Tawou-Hida Afoda, Koumateh, PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Pui Yi Wong)

Climate change and agriculture in Togo

Linda Akoto. PhD Candidate, University of Ghana (Discussant: Habtamu Beshir)

Globalization, inflation and monetary policy: Evidence from African countries

7 November 

Shreya Bhattacharya, PhD Candidate, University of Houston

The effect of inter caste networks on well-being

14 November

Pui Yi Wong, PhD Candidate University of Malaya 

The role of the state, market and society in developing ikat textile value chains in Sarawak, Malaysia

21 November 

Amèvi Kouwoaye, PhD Candidate, University of Laval

Tariff liberalization and poverty in developing countries: the role of public good

23 November*

This event will take place on a Friday from 15-16:00

Dragan Filipovich, associate professor at the Pompeu Fabra University

'Risk-Sharing’ Markets in Small-householder Farmer Societies