“Beyond the Nation: Pioneering Studies in How Development Spreads,” a one-day conference organized by NYU’s Development Research Institute and featuring scholars discussing the significance of nations as actors in development, will take place Fri., Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for University Life.
In recent years, many have asked if the current emphasis on nations as actors in development is both excessive and obsolete. At “Beyond the Nation,” researchers will present findings showing how development spreads with the distribution of people, goods, technologies, and ideas across national boundaries. Other talks feature evidence showing a much smaller-than-expected role for nations and national leaders in explaining development outcomes.
Jonathan Morduch, a professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and an expert on micro-financing, will deliver the keynote address, “How Microcredit Went Global” (1:30 p.m.).
Other presentations include: “Why Are We So Obsessed with Nations in Economic Development?” (William Easterly, NYU professor of economics); “The Spread of Development through Colonial European Settlement” (Ross Levine, UC Berkeley professor of economics); “How Indigenous Entrepreneurs Brought Cocoa and Transformed Ghana” (Emmanuel Akyeampong, Harvard professor of history and Yaw Nyarko, NYU professor of economics); and “Do National Leaders Matter?” (Steven Pennings, NYU doctoral candidate).
For a complete schedule and biographies of speakers, click here.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here. For more information, call 212.992.7485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Subways: 6, Astor Place; N, R, 8th Street). Photo ID required for entry.
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The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI builds upon a foundation of academic research comparing aid agency practices and surveying the thinking behind aid projects. For more, click here.