The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS)

Calestous Juma and the IDSS Team

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.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

  • IDSS Talk Explores Intersection of Temperature Shocks, Climate Change, and Birth Rates

    Mar 24, 2017

    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.

  • Former IMF Chief Economist Discusses Phasing out Paper Money

    Mar 13, 2017

    In his IDSS talk on March 13, Harvard's Kenneth Rogoff discussed his plan for phasing out most paper money and addressed the challenges such a transition would pose. He contrasted his plan with the recent real-world case of India, which retired its five-hundred-rupee and thousand-rupee notes as legal tender.

How to Attend

Our "Join Us" page explains how to receive information about these and upcoming programs, and how to attend the talks.

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