In his new book, William Easterly argues that development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries. He will present his findings as part of the International Development Speaker Series.
Shivani Siroya, the CEO and Founder of InVenture, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 PRGS-UCLA-USC-Pepperdine-Claremont L.A. Policy Symposium, held at RAND on April 4. This year's Symposium focused on the power of innovation to drive inclusive growth.
The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Calestous Juma of Harvard University, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity. A video of his presentation is available online.
From 1980-2000, West Bengal was affected by land reform policies that gave surplus land to the landless, protected tenants, and provided cheap credit, seeds and fertilizer. Dilip Mookherjee of Boston University looks at the effects of these policies and what the future may hold.
The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.
What role does China play in the recent rush for land acquisition in Africa? Conventional wisdom suggests a large role for the Chinese government and its firms. Research by IDSS speaker Deborah Bräutigam suggests the opposite.
In his book Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline — sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. Henry will be visiting PRGS and RAND for the International Development Speaker Series.
Tobacco raises vital current issues of global concern regarding the interaction among international trade and investment laws, public policy, and public health objectives. Professors Mitchell and Voon reflect on the implications of Australia's experience with mandatory standardized tobacco packaging legislation for international health law and policy.
Rising Chinese incomes are increasing domestic agricultural consumption. Because China is severely constrained in these resources, the implications of this demand acceleration will be global. In this talk, Professor Roland-Holst sets out the drivers of China's changing agrifood economy and maps out its implications for global food markets and sustainability.
PRGS alum David Robalino (cohort '95) returns to RAND on March 15 to discuss his World Bank research on social security, labor markets, and fiscal policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the International Development Speaker Series.
Pranab Bardhan, a graduate professor of economics at UC Berkeley, has conducted theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries and the political economy of development policies. He presented his research at the February 26 International Development Speaker Series.
In Mexico, government gridlock can be attributed to traditional elites using their power to block reforms that affect their interests or assure those initiatives that protect their privileged status. Denise Dresser will be discussing Mexico's political and socioeconomic challenges as part of the International Development Speaker Series on February 21.
How can developing countries escape "capability traps," in which they pretend to reform by changing how organizations look rather than what they do? Michael Woolcock, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss his research on January 10 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
Generating foresight and designing policies with regard to international development issues greatly benefits from explicitly taking deep uncertainty, temporal dynamics, and adaptivity into account. Speaker Dr. Erik Pruyt is a methodological advisor to the Dutch government regarding National Safety and Security.
Although there are different winners and losers when microfinance programs target small businesses, the vast majority of the population will be positively affected through the increase in equilibrium wages. Paco Buera, associate professor of economics at UCLA, will discuss his research on November 13 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
The world so slow to address the risks posed by climate change because of a failure of systems thinking throughout society. John Sterman, director of the system dynamics group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss his research on September 27 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
Many poor and fragile states are becoming oil and gas producers and face policy challenges managing and spending their revenue. Todd Moss, vice president at the Center for Global Development, visited PRGS on August 22 for the inaugural talk of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
PRGS is, of course, preparing future leaders in policy analysis. We're also proud to share the tools and techniques taught in our Ph.D. program with current leaders—including those in Congress—who are directly influencing policy worldwide.
The 2012 Haskins Lecture will be given by National Science Foundation director Subra Suresh. Prior to the lecture, PRGS associate dean Jeffrey Wasserman, faculty member Robert Lempert, and several students will brief Dr. Suresh on the school's and students' work.