The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS)
Calestous Juma and members of the 2013-14 IDSS team
The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS) aims to stimulate, motivate, and support RAND researchers in bringing their talents to the pressing problems of the developing world. The series, founded and run by Pardee RAND students, engages the Pardee RAND and greater RAND community in an intellectual dialogue to grow RAND's role in international development research and supports a community of RAND researchers interested in these topics.
Upcoming and Recent Events
UCSD associate professor Karthik Muralidharan discussed his analysis of an after-school program in urban middle schools in India. The program individually customized educational content to match the level and rate of progress of each student and led to large increases in test scores, especially among academically-weaker students.
Longitudinal research by Tulane economist Alan Barreca found that days above 80°F cause a large decline in birth rates 8 to 10 months later. In his talk he presented novel evidence that hot weather harms fertility via reproductive health as opposed to sexual activity.
How to Attend
Our "Join Us" page explains how to receive information about these and upcoming programs, and how to attend the talks.