Over on the Economics that Really Matters blog, I’ve written a recap post on a subset of papers from the 2019 Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MidDev). The post is titled: “The Economics of Violence, Conflict, and Crime in Developing Countries.”
Over the past weekend, I was able to attend the 2019 Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Conference at the University of Oxford. Established in 1096 the University of Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Walking around the campus is inspiring, but even more inspiring than that is the work presented by so many on how to improve economic and social outcomes across the continent of Africa (… erm… the world. Evidently, the conference is also open to studies implemented in locations other than Africa.)
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the North East Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) conference. I presented my paper on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries (working paper available here and presentation slides here). It was an excellent conference and a wonderful experience (not least of which because Cornell University kind-of feels like Hogwarts).
A couple weekends ago, my department (Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota) hosted the Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MIEDC). It is a smaller conference with tremendous quality of presentations. Despite this, many are not able to attend the conference or even all of the sessions. As a service to those interested, a few colleagues and I posted a recap of the 2018 MIEDC on the Economics That Really Matters blog.
A recent trend at nerdy development conferences is for someone to round up and post summaries of the selected papers and presentations. (For example, here is David Evans summarizing the latest CSAE conference.) I think this trend generates a tremendous resource for both folks who were unable to attend the conference or folks who did attend but were unable to witness every presentation of interest.
Continuing this trend, several colleagues and I set out to summarize every presentation at the 2016 Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MIEDC) held last weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although we ultimately were unable to attend every session, we were able to witness most of them. Miniature summaries of the presentations were collected and have been posted on the Economics That Really Matters blog.
This (probably) goes without saying, but if you are at all interested in the complexities of development economics, poverty reduction, international agricultural development, or applied microeconomics then you should probably be following the Economics That Really Matters blog.