UW Joint Seminar in Development Economics
Co-Hosts: Information School, Economics Evans School

The Joint Seminar in Development Economics (JSDE) provides a regular forum for interaction among the growing community of quantitative social scientists at UW working on issues related to international development. We will meet 5-7 times each term, with presentations by a mix of local and visiting researchers. The seminar will run on Mondays from 11:00-12:30, in Savery 410. Announcements about seminars will be sent to the JSDE mailing list.

All talks are free and open to the public.

Winter/Spring 2016 Speakers

Feb 8
Jenny Aker
Associate Professor, Tufts University
Call Me Educated: Evidence from a Mobile Monitoring Experiment in Niger
Apr 11
Apr 19, 1:30pm
Joe Kaboski (joint seminar with Macro - note irregular time)
Professor, University of Notre Dame
Agglomeration and (the Lack of) Competition
May 16
Tavneet Suri
Associate Professor, MIT
The Perils of Building Democracy in Africa
May 23
Robert Jensen
Professor, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)


The JSDE is organized by the Department of Economics, the Information School, and the Evans School of Public Affairs. Additional financial support is provided by the Gates Foundation through the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research group (EPAR) and the Information and Society Center. Contact Joshua Blumenstock, Brian Dillon, or Rachel Heath with questions.

Fall 2015 Speakers

Oct 26
Joachim De Weerdt
Associate Professor, University of Antwerp
Measuring Household Labor on Tanzanian Farms
Nov 30
Josh Merfeld
Job Market Candidate, University of Washington
Allocative Efficiency of Non-Farm Enterprises in Agricultural Households: Evidence from Malawi
Dec 14
Greg Fischer
Associate Professor, the London School of Economics
Building Evidence from Multiple Studies: The Response to Incentive Pay

Winter/Spring 2015 Speakers

Jan 26
Travis Lybbert
Associate Professor, UC Davis
Experimental Markets for Micronutrient Supplements to Prevent Undernutrition
Mar 2
Cesi Cruz
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Incumbent Advantage, Voter Information and Vote Buying
Apr 13
Dean Yang
Associate Professor, Michigan
Raising Returns, Managing Risk: A Randomized Experiment on Combining Input Subsidies with Financial Services Interventions
Apr 20
Siwan Anderson
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Legal Origins and HIV
Jun 1
Lori Beaman
Assistant Professor, Northwestern
Can Network Theory-based Targeting Increase Technology Adoption?

Fall 2014 Speakers

Oct 13
Eli Berman
Professor, UCSD
Predation, Taxation, Investment and Violence: Evidence from the Philippines
Oct 27
Fred Finan
Associate Professor, UC Berkeley
Procuring Firm Growth: The Effects of Government Purchases on Firm Dynamics
Nov 3
Chris Woodruff
Professor, University of Warwick
Managerial Capital and Productivity: Evidence from a Training Program in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector
Nov 10
Daniel Bennett
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
"Learning, Hygiene, and Traditional Medicine"
Nov 24
Pascaline Dupas
Associate Professor, Stanford University
Decentralization and Efficient Targeting of Subsidies
Dec 1

Spring 2014 Speakers

Apr 11
Kelsey Jack
Assistant Professor, Tufts University
"Seasonal credit constraints and agricultural labor supply: Evidence from Zambia"
Apr 25
May 23
Ted Miguel
Professor, U.C. Berkeley
Understanding Ethnic Cooperation and Elections: Evidence from Experiments in Kenya and Tanzania
May 30
Seema Jayachandran
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
"Fertility Decline and Missing Women"
University of Washington